Attorney referral service – a marketing
tool and a public service – needs lawyers statewide, join now,
December 29, 2006 - Every year, more than 1,000
clients with identified
legal needs and the ability to pay for legal assistance are unable to
obtain a referral to an attorney through the State Bar’s Lawyer
Referral and Information Service (LRIS) because there are no LRIS panel
attorneys in the counties where callers need help.
LRIS needs attorneys in rural counties
Attorneys statewide are encouraged to register for LRIS. Expert
advisers in all types of practice are needed – particularly in
family and criminal law. Attorneys are needed urgently in the following
Attorneys are especially needed in the state’s more rural
counties (see inset); however, attorneys statewide are encouraged to
register for the service. While the highest percentages of callers need
administrative, consumer, criminal, family, real property, torts, labor,
bankruptcy, estate planning, and business law help, LRIS seeks attorneys
in all practice areas.
“LRIS offers attorneys an easy way to serve the
public, but also is ideal for attorneys who find it difficult to find
the time to manage the business aspects of their law practice to market
their services,” says LRIS Committee Chair Janice Bensky of
Madison. “LRIS referrals are prescreened saving even more time.
It’s a win-win situation for both clients and attorneys. LRIS
offers a valuable public service and a way for attorneys to build their
Lawyers who register can join two pools of referrals – phone
and Internet. Web referrals account for more than 40 percent of the
total referrals made, yet the Web site’s existence has not
decreased the number of phone calls to the service, which remains at
more than 40,000 annually.
Experienced legal assistants evaluate callers’ needs and then
refer them to an attorney, a community or government resource, the
Lawyer Hotline, or simply answer basic questions.
Participation in the Internet service is optional and included with
LRIS registration at no additional charge. Users access LRIS through
LegalExplorer.com, the State Bar’s consumer site, and receive
referrals by selecting a legal practice area and geographic location. As
with LRIS’s telephone referral service, online referrals are made
on an impartial, county-by-county, rotation basis. Clients contact
attorneys directly to set up an appointment, and LRIS sends the attorney
related paperwork via conventional mail.
Join now and pay $47.50 through June 30, 2007 (half off the annual
registration fee). Lawyers also can sign up for 18 months, through June
30, 2008, at $128.25 for an additional 10 percent savings. Lawyers
admitted to practice between July 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2005 can join for
$37.50, and lawyers admitted in 2006 can join for $22.50 (through June
Download a registration
For more information about LRIS.