Lawyer Referral Service in Idaho

The Idaho State Bar operates a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) from its offices in Boise, Idaho. The LRS helps individuals and businesses throughout the state find a qualified attorney. Attorneys in the LRS are members in good standing with the Idaho State Bar with no pending public disciplinary complaints. Attorneys in the LRS must carry Professional Liability Insurance.

When you call the LRS, you will discuss the case with a trained staff member during a confidential intake process. The staff person will take your contact information and ask you questions about the case to determine the type of attorney needed. If needed, the service will then refer you to a qualified attorney.

After the referral, you can call the attorney for an initial $35 half-hour office consultation fee. The fee is waived for personal injury or workers' compensations cases. During the consultation, you can discuss the case with an attorney and the additional attorney fees required for future representation.

Although neither the attorney nor the client are required to continue the representation beyond the initial consultation, the purpose of the consultation is to find a good fit for continued representation to solve a legal problem.

Contact Information:

Idaho State Bar - Lawyer Referral Service
P. O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: 208-334-4500

Recent Changes to the LRS in Idaho

The ISB Lawyer Referral Service implemented changes to change the procedures and rules of the service that were approved two years ago by the members. The LRS now charges callers $35 for each referral. To create a better match between the caller and the attorneys, ISB staff members now screen callers.

Participating attorneys agree to provide up to a half hour consultation for free. Along with the new rules, the ISB also created a new web portal that can be used by staff and attorneys to better track referrals.

Types of Legal Issues for the LRS in Idaho

Attorneys throughout the State of Idaho are on panels for a variety of different practice areas. Referrals to a qualified attorney are made for the following types of cases:

  • Administration Law;
  • Bankruptcy;
  • Business & Corporate;
  • Consumer Law;
  • Criminal Defense;
  • Debtor/Creditor;
  • Elder Law;
  • Family Law / Divorce;
  • Immigration;
  • Indian Law;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • International Law;
  • Labor & Employment;
  • Litigation;
  • Military Law;
  • Personal Injury; and
  • Real Property.

Idaho State Bar

The Idaho State Bar also oversees the requirement that attorneys earn at least thirty (30) credits of approved continuing legal education (CLE), including at least three (3) credits of ethics / professional responsibility every three years. 

As of June 2016, there were 6,201 attorneys licensed by the Idaho State Bar which was a 1.9% increase from the previous year. For the July 2016 Idaho bar examination, 161 people applied to sit for the bar exam which was the highest number of bar exam applicants since the July 2008 bar examination.

In 2015, the state bar in Idaho has 3,369 total section members. The five largest sections were Business and Corporate Law, Litigation, Real Property, Taxation, Probate and Trust Law, Family Law.

Additional Resources

Idaho Attorney Roster Search  - The website for the Idaho State Bar also maintains an attorney roster and a “find an attorney” directory. The attorney roster on the website of the State Bar Association allows the public to type the last name or the beginning of the last name of the attorney into a search bar. The more letters used, the more narrow the search. This process can be used to confirm that an attorney is licensed to practice law in Idaho, in compliance with Active licensing requirements under IBCR 302, and whose right to practice law is not currently limited under IBCR Section V by order of the Idaho Supreme Court. The roster will show individual attorney results that are updated frequently. Other types of statutes include: Active, Canceled, Emeritus, House Counsel, Inactive, Judicial, Military Spouse Provisional License, Resigned, Senior, Disability Inactive, Disbarred, Disqualified, Interim Suspension, Resigned in Lieu of Discipline, or Suspended. Use the Roster Search on the Idaho State Bar to find the attorney’s name and contact information, email address, website address, ISB member number, admittance date and status as active or inactive. Information on former members of the Idaho State Bar is limited to name, admission date and status. The online roster includes information about former members going back to 1994. The records before 1994 are not available online, but you can contact the Licensing Department for more information on former members. 

Finding an Attorney in Idaho

If you need to find an attorney in Boise, Idaho, or throughout the state then consider the benefits of using a Lawyer Referral Service. The service carefully screens the attorneys in advance. Lawyer Referral Services provide an alternative to searching the internet for an attorney or using a commercial online directory.

Other ways of finding a good attorney in Idaho include looking for a certified specialist. Read more about the specialty certification plan for attorneys in Idaho.

This information from Lawyer Legion is provided to help you understand resources offered by the Idaho State Bar including lawyer referral services and the "find an attorney" on the Idaho State Bar website.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 5, 2017.