Legal Problem? Get Advise Through the Lawyer Referral Service

Legal advise doesn't always have to be expensive. The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) provides low cost legal services for your legal problem.

| September/October 1970

Reprinted with permission from Family Circle. 

DO YOU NEED legal advice for a legal problem but hesitate to get it because you're afraid of what a lawyer might charge you?

Not many people know that for a fixed fee of $5 to $10, they can get low-cost legal counseling for a legal problem in over 260 cities of the country. About $5 to $10—that's the average price range for a half-hour consultation with a private lawyer, who is also a member of his local bar association. In some cities the price is as low as $3. In a few, such as affluent Beverly Hills, California, it goes up as high as $15.

This low-cost legal help is available from the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), organized nationally by the American Bar Association and sponsored by local bar associations. LRS is not offering charity; its purpose is to provide quick and inexpensive help for any person who needs legal advice but holds off for fear it would cost more than he can afford.

Last year over 200,000 people throughout the country used the LRS. Many were women, some of them members of church, social, and community groups in need of legal advice. Many people involved in small business also sought legal counsel from the LRS.

A little more than half of all the people using the LRS have their legal problems resolved during a single visit. If you require more than the initial half hour, a full hour is often available for an additional small charge. If the legalities involved require intensive study and attention, you are referred to a private lawyer. His charge will be based on the standard local fee for the work involved. At the first meeting he should state the fee and spell out the work to be done for you. If he does not, you should ask; preferably right at the start of your discussion. Studies indicate that an overwhelming majority of the people who use the LRS come away satisfied with the results.

7/11/2014 2:37:47 AM

I didn't know legal advice can be so cheap, Ill be sure to use this tip the next time I encounter legal problems. I've recently got through a divorce, but that was something the lawyers on helped me with. It was the kind of issue that can't be solved by a simple legal advice, fortunately for me they were fast and everything went without additional problems.

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