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    Lawyer Referral and Information Service
    1 (800) 342-3661 lr@nysba.org

    Need an attorney in NYC? Call 212-626-7373 (Para español llame 212-626-7374)

    Need legal help in: Albany, Bronx, Brooklyn, Broome, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Onondaga, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, and Westchester  (Click here for a listing of these local referral programs)

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    • Public Service of the New York State Bar Association since 1981
    • Approved by the American Bar Association
    • Hundreds of attorneys experienced in more than 40 areas of law  
    • Serving 44 counties in New York State
    When you call (1-800-342-3661) the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS), you will be asked what county you are calling from, and where in New York you would like to see an attorney.  The LRIS staff will ask you to describe your problem. Any information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence. The LRIS counselors are not lawyers and therefore cannot give you legal advice, but will help you find the right resource for your situation. In the event that we do not offer lawyer referrals in your county, we will provide you with contact information for a lawyer referral service that does. 


    Need a lawyer in a different part of the country?  Find the Lawyer Referral program in that geographic area through the ABA national directory


    If you are referred to an attorney through the lawyer referral service the attorney will provide you with a half-hour consultation for $35. (Free consultations are given for personal injury, social security, medical malpractice, veteran's and military law, unemployment or workers' compensation.) During your visit with the attorney, you and the attorney will discuss your matter and decide what further action to take, if any. There is no obligation for you to hire the attorney, nor is there any obligation on the part of the attorney to take your case. If the attorney agrees to represent you, the attorney will charge you at his or her regular rates.  

     If you can't afford to pay a lawyer, there may be a legal services association that can help. Visit lawhelpNY.org for further information. 

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    If you can't afford to pay a lawyer, there may be a legal services association that can help. Visit lawhelpNY.org for further information.

    Do-It-Yourself court forms can be found at www.nycourts.gov/courthelp

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    Overview of Program*

    The LRIS has been serving the public for over 30 years and is designed to fill in the gaps where a local bar is not coordinating a referral panel. Currently our service covers 44 out of the 62 counties in NYS. Eligible attorneys must have a physical office in one of our service counties*. (Attorneys practicing outside of our coverage area are encouraged to join their local bar’s referral panel. If our service gets a referral request outside our coverage area we refer the caller to the appropriate local bar. Last year we referred 8,186 callers to local bar referral programs.)

    Lawyers who are members of the LRIS pay an annual fee of $75 ($125 for non-NYSBA members). Proof of malpractice insurance in the minimum amount of $100,000 is required of all participants.  If you are retained by a referred client, you agree to pay the LRIS 10% of the entire fee for any case of $500 or more. 

    Contact Eva Valentin-Espinal (evalentin@nysba.org) Coordinator of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service for more information. 

    How we screen calls and refer clients

    The LRIS staff receives more than 100 calls per day from members of the public seeking legal assistance. These calls are screened by our staff to elicit pertinent information regarding the nature of their legal problem. Callers that would be more appropriately helped by other organizations, such as other bar referral services, legal aid societies, or governmental agencies are given contact information for these offices.  

    Callers needing the advice of an attorney, and who can afford to pay a private attorney, are referred to LRIS panel members on a rotating basis. They are told to expect a ½ hour in-office $35 consultation fee, and to be sure to mention that they were referred by the New York State Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service.  After the initial consultation the attorney sets their own fees.

    Attorneys are notified by e-mail when a referral has been made. A hard copy of the referral with follow-up questions is mailed to both the client and the attorney. 

    Questions? Call 1 (800) 342-3661 or e-mail  lr@NYSBA.org

    *Participating attorneys must have an office in one of the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates.