The business of public service...
Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has been described as “the business of public service”. As a public service, LRIS helps legal consumers to connect with resources matched to their needs and resources. As a business, the LRIS legal assistants screen callers for legal need and ability to pay attorney’s fees, and when appropriate, direct them to our member attorneys.
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Every year, LRIS legal assistants field more than 40,000 contacts from members of the public who are seeking legal information and referrals to attorneys. Following a brief screening, the LRIS assistants direct callers to appropriate resources:
- An LRIS panel attorney
- Government agencies
- Public Service Agencies and Community groups
- Lawyer Hotline
How does LRIS work?
When you become an LRIS panel member, you choose the areas of practice and the geographic locations for client referrals. Our computerized referral system ensures a more accurate attorney-client match, selected from detailed information provided by you on our registration form. When members of the public contact LRIS, we provide referrals to our member attorneys only after a careful screening by experienced legal assistants. Our staff has over 30 years of experience in sympathetic listening and assisting callers in finding the best resources possible. Only one in four callers are referred to an attorney; the remaining callers are given assistance in the form of information, referrals to community or government agencies, or basic legal advice through our Lawyer Hotline program.
Expand your reach
Your membership in LRIS also makes you eligible to participate in LRIS Online. Potential clients have access to LRIS Online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there is no additional charge for participation.
We invest in a comprehensive marketing effort to inform clients of our link to your services, including a website directed to members of the public seeking legal services, statewide Yellow Pages directory advertising, and publications distributed through the courts, public libraries, and community service agencies.
Take time now to complete our registration form. With your registration, you are automatically included in the LRIS online service, although you do have the option of not receiving internet referrals.
If you have any questions about LRIS, please contact LRIS at org LRISResponse wisbar wisbar LRISresponse org.