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Lawyer Referral Service for Santa Cruz County

The Santa Cruz County Bar Association sponsors a Lawyer Referral Service. This community based non-profit service has been helping the public find an attorney in Santa Cruz County since 1988. The service has certified by the State Bar of California.

If you call the service then the staff will talk with you over the phone to conduct a confidential intake. During that conversation, the staff will determine whether you need the service of an attorney and the type of legal issue involved in the case.

When appropriate, the service will then refer you to a qualified attorney for an administrative fee of $50. In exchange, the attorney will provide you with a 30 minute initial consultation to discuss your case. The service also provides an online form for your convenience.

The attorneys on the panel are pre-screened, in good standing with the California Bar and carry malpractice insurance. The Lawyer Referral Service also provides oversight and a follow up evaluation form to survey client satisfaction with the attorney.

Contact Information

Santa Cruz County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
P.O. Box 1311
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1311
Phone: 831-425-4755
FAX: 831-423-6202
e-mail: sccbar@sbcglobal.net

Website: https://lawyerreferralsantacruz.org/

Requirements for Panel Members

To serve on panels, the attorneys must meet the requirements for the appropriate panel. The panels include:

  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collection
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Defense/Juvenile
    • Misdemeanor Panel
    • Felony Panel
    • Major Felony Panel
    • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Elder/Youth Law
    • Elder Law
    • Adoption
    • CPS/Dependency
    • Emancipation
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Trust Administration
  • Estate Admin, Probate, Conservatorship/Guardianship, Elder Abuse, Litigation
  • Family Law 
  • Government Benefits
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Malpractice Legal and Medical (no panel fee)
  • Patent/Trademark/Copyright
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Real Property
  • Small Claims
  • Taxation
  • Traffic
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • General Panel

Finding an Attorney in Santa Cruz, CA

If you need an attorney in Santa Cruz County, CA, then consider using the Lawyer Referral Services managed by the Santa Cruz County Bar Association.

Since 1988, the service has been helping the public find a qualified attorney throughout the City of Santa Cruz, Soquel, Capitola, Aptos, Watsonville, Corralitos, Bonny Doon, and the San Lorenzo River Valley.

Many of the penal members are Certified Legal Specialist in Criminal Law or have otherwise demonstrated their experience in this practice area. 

Each year, more than 5,000 people contact the Lawyer Referral Service to find a lawyer in Santa Cruz County, CA. Last year, LRS lawyers collected more than $500,000 in attorney fees from referred clients. 

At Lawyer Legion, we understant the important role that lawyer referral services in California play in helping the public find an attorney.

This article was last updated on Monday, December 30, 2019.