Since 1966, the San Antonio Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has been the only service that offers free lawyer referrals to the general public. This service is certified as an attorney referral service by Texas, as required under Chapter 952, Occupations Code.
Lawyers who are referred to the Lawyer Referral Service are in good standing with Texas State Bar and offer free consultations.
Why do I need to use a certified LRS for
Only thirteen Texas-based lawyer referral services have been accredited by the State Bar of Texas. The only LRS certified in San Antonio is the San Antonio Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.
All referral attorneys are subject to screening each year. * Referrals are based on legal issues and client preferences. This includes language, board certification, and geographic location.
There are many referral websites that are run by for-profit advertising agencies and marketing companies.
Criminal defense lawyers are exempted from the insurance requirement.
How can I explain my issue?
For a quick explanation of your issue, we suggest that you use the WHO, WHAT, and WHERE terms in a maximum of 1-3 sentences.
- My mother was injured by an 18-wheeler on Jan 24 and is currently in the hospital.
- I’m opening a new restaurant with my best friend.
- My husband filed for divorce. We have three kids and jointly own home as well as a business.
- My wife and I would like to make our wills. We have two children from previous marriages. We need help setting them up.
How can I find a lawyer who can help me with these issues?
You can get immediate service by using our online automated system. It is available 24 hours a day. Click HERE.
How much does LRS cost?
The Lawyer Referral Service (FREE) is a public service. We offer referrals to lawyers for hire. You will find contact information for local agencies offering free or reduced-fee options in this guide. These qualifications may be based on income or demographic information.
What is the average time it takes to schedule a consultation with a professional?
You must contact the attorney directly once you have been provided with the information. Each attorney has different scheduling requirements. For more information, consult with your preferred lawyer or the firm staff.
How much do lawyers charge in fees?
You must discuss fees with your lawyer. Lawyer Referral Service cannot calculate fees nor provide information about fees. Fees depend on the nature and complexity of your case. The correct fee structure and fees will depend on the complexity of your case. Common fee structures are:
CONTINGENCY FEES Lawyers who bill for contingency will collect fees and expenses from the money they have received from the settlement of a case. The contingency fee structure does not require payment upfront or retainer. Many cases that are billed on contingency do not require payment upfront or by retainer. Lawyers who bill at an hourly fee charge their clients a set amount for every hour spent working on the case. This fee does not cover court costs and expenses. An attorney who bills at an hourly fee will usually require a deposit or retainer payment before they can start working on your case. An hourly fee structure is the most common for lawyers. They require a deposit or retainer payment upfront before they can start working on your case. A flat fee lawyer charges clients a fixed fee that isn’t dependent on how much time they spend on it. This fee may include court costs or expenses. Flat-fee lawyers typically require full payment upfront before they start working on your case. While flat fees can be used for cases that do not involve going to court, more attorneys are now using the flat fee model for routine litigation cases.
Where can I find free or self-service legal advice?
San Antonio Bar Association does NOT offer free legal services. Lawyer Referral Service provides legal referrals that can be used to hire attorneys. You can find contact information for local organizations that provide free or reduced-fee assistance if you’re interested in getting legal services. These qualifications may be based on income or demographic information.
For more information and legal forms, you can visit TexasLawHelp.org if your legal matter is not handled by a lawyer.