Assisting attorney-seekers with obtaining legal advocacy during periods of high stress, the New York State Bar in partnership with legal solutions provider Legal.io announced an expansion of their lawyer referral services through their online portal , released earlier this year.
Clients looking for legal representation will fill out a confidential questionnaire, providing details about the nature of their legal matter(s) and their location. The information is submitted to the New York State Bar, where a referral will be made based upon the practice area(s) and proximity considerations of the clients and the attorneys.
Some clients may reside in a county that already has an attorney referral service in place. Those referrals will be made to the county-run agency, which will follow up with the client.
There is no charge for the referral service. However, clients who do speak with an attorney may be charged a $35 fee for a one-half hour consultation. There is no obligation to either the client or the attorney to enter into a representation arrangement.
This fee can be waived for certain types of cases involving medical issues such as malpractice and personal injury and benefits-related cases dealing with social security, unemployment and worker’s compensation. Matters involving government issues such as military law and veterans would also fall within this fee-exempt category.
If agreeable terms can be reached during the initial consultation, the client and attorney can enter into a formal legal representation agreement based upon fees agreed to by both parties.
A spokeswoman for the State Bar’s referral program and local practicing attorney commented that the service will assist attorneys with providing legal services to a larger number of persons seeking assistance with legal matters. She also expressed her enthusiasm on the positive effects that it has had with growing her own practice.
Benefits to the client include a carefully matched referral to a vetted attorney in good standing with the State Bar and a reduced-fee consultation.
The New York State Bar’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service has been assisting clients with their attorney searches for 35 years.
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