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Hillsborough County Lawyer Referral Service

The Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) helps individuals and businesses find a qualified attorney to handle their case. 

The program is certified by the American Bar Association. Its offices are in the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center in downtown Tampa, FL.

The attorneys that participate in the service are vetted and pre-screened for their good standing in the Florida Bar and experienced in a particular practice area of the law. 

The local attorneys that participate in the program are experienced in the areas where they expect to receive referrals.

Contact Information:

Hillsborough County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Website: https://www.hillsbar.com/?LRIS
Chester H. Ferguson Law Center
1610 N. Tampa St.
Tampa FL 33602
(813) 221-7780 

Contacting the HCBA LRIS

When you call the service, a trained staff person will collect some basic information that remains confidential. The service may contact you again to ask you to rate the quality of our service. 

In exchange for $35 fee, which is a reduced rate for a consultation, the attorney agrees to provide a 30-minute consultation. The fee can be paid to the HCBA LRIS via credit card online or in cash at the office.

During the initial 30-minute consultation, you can talk with the attorney about his or her qualifications and experience, the legal problem and the attorney fees needed for additional services. 

If the attorney you are referred to cannot help, the program might offer to refer you to a second attorney at no additional charge. The attorney fees are nonrefundable.

The fee is waived for all active-duty military personnel and cases involving social security, workers’ compensation, foreclosure, personal bankruptcy, employment law, torts, personal injury. The service can often make referrals for attorneys that are willing to make a house call, hospital visit or jail visit.

To qualify to be a member of the Lawyer Referral & Information Service the attorney must:

  • be members in good standing of The Florida Bar;
  • be engaged in the full-time practice of law;
  • certify competency in any area of law in which clients will be accepted;
  • agree to maintain a law office that is clearly identifiable to the public; and
  • provide proof of professional liability insurance of at least $100,000.

The LRIS partners with the 13th Judicial Circuit and the Clerk of Court's Office to provide marketing material in prime locations. The Lawyer Referral & Information Service has also partnered with FOX 13 and The Tampa Tribune for a monthly segment and column featuring advice from our attorneys. LRIS has also arranged community speaking engagements for members.

Additional Resources

Hillsborough County Lawyer Referral Service - Visit the Facebook page for the HCBA lawyer referral service in Hillsborough County, FL. Find posts about upcoming events including the monthly Ask A Lawyer program at Fox 13 News. During the event, dedicated members of the HCBA Lawyer Referral Service take time out of their busy schedules to assist people who call in with legal questions.

Finding an Attorney in Hillsborough County, FL

If you need to find an attorney in Hillsborough County, FL, then consider the benefits of using a Lawyer Referral & Information Service sponsored by the local bar association. 

In Hillsborough County, the LRIS is certified by the American Bar Association and conforms with regulations of the Florida Bar.

Many of the lawyer referral services in Florida are provided on a non-profit basis. These community services provide many advantages over finding an attorney on the internet or through an online attorney directory that ranks attorneys based on their willingness to pay for advertising.

This article was last updated on Friday, November 15, 2019.