Lawyer Referral Service FAQs
Before contacting the Lawyer Referral Service, you may have a few questions. Below, we have compiled answers to the most commonly asked questions we encounter.
What is the Lawyer Referral Service?
The OCBA's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) provides callers with referrals to qualified lawyers who can help them with their legal issue. The LRS staff cannot give legal advice, but can provide referrals in more than 100 areas of law. The lawyers on our panel are referred on a rotational basis by area of legal expertise and by geographical location.
WHO CAN USE THE LRS SERVICE?
The LRS can help anyone who needs to hire an attorney but does not know where to find one, or who may not know which type of attorney best meets their needs. The LRS is not a service for those who can not afford an attorney. You may find information on organizations that can provide those resources here.
What types of cases do attorneys on the LRS panel take?
Our attorneys are well versed in many areas of law. The majority of referrals requested are in the areas of landlord/tenant issues, divorce and child custody, bankruptcy, and general criminal. However, we also have attorneys who specialize in the areas of immigration, malpractice, Social Security/Disability and many, many more.
Can I get a referral for a pro bono or a small claims attorney?
No. The LRS does not provide referrals to pro bono attorneys or low-cost legal services. Referrals are not provided for small claims cases because plaintiffs and defendants represent themselves in small claims. Call the local district court for information on filing claims.
Will I talk to an attorney when I call the LRS?
There are no attorneys on-site, and LRS staff are not licensed attorneys and cannot give legal advice. When you call the LRS, you will be given the name and number of a qualified attorney to call for assistance with your legal issue.
How long do I have to wait to meet with the attorney?
You should call the attorney to discuss your case as soon as you receive the referral. If the attorney is unable to take your call immediately, leave a message and/or schedule a meeting time with the attorney’s assistant.
Can I get more than one referral?
The LRS staff can only provide one referral per phone call, but you may receive additional referrals if necessary. Every attorney on the LRS panel has an active caseload and may not be able to immediately take your call, but the attorney will return your call in a timely manner. If the attorney we refer is not able to take your case, you can get another name after two (2) business days.
How much does the attorney charge?
All of the attorneys on the LRS panel are full-fee attorneys in private practice. The LRS does not maintain fee information on the panelists. If you decide to retain the attorney after the free 30-minute consultation (see below) you will need to discuss the fees and payment options with them at that time.
How do I use the LRS?
Simply contact our office at (248) 338-2100, Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and let us help you find the right attorney for your case. There is no charge to receive your referral. The LRS will determine the legal area of the problem you describe and provide a referral to the proper attorney or agency. The attorney provides you with a free up-to-30-minute phone consultation. If necessary, any payment arrangements should be discussed with the attorney at that time.