Lawyer Referral Service of the Maine State Bar
Since 1972, the Lawyer Referral & Information Service has been a public service program of the Maine State Bar Association. The service helps the public find a qualified attorney. Attorneys that participate the Lawyer Referral Service practice in almost every area of law from personal injury to criminal defense.
You can contact the Maine State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service either over the phone or through the online referral request form. A staff member of the LRIS will review your information and ask you additional questions. If appropriate, the staff member will refer you to a qualified attorney on a panel most closely related to your legal issue for a $25 fee for the referral fee.
The referral fee of $25 includes a thirty-minute consultation with the attorney so that you can speak directly with the attorney to discuss your case and the attorney fees needed for representation.
The Lawyer Referral & Information Service of the Maine State Bar Association is approved by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral.
Contact Information for the Maine LRS
Maine State Bar Association LRIS
124 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Toll-free: 800-860-1460 (Nationwide)
Videos on the Lawyer Referral Service in Maine
Watch a short video on Vimeo about the Lawyer Referral Service of the Maine State Bar Association. The video how the service helps find an attorney through a confidential call, using an impartial service with staff members who are trained to help.
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Qualifications to become a Member of Maine's Lawyer Referral Service
To qualify as a member of Maine's lawyer referral service, the attorney must be:
- a member of the Maine Bar in good standing;
- has been in active practice for 24 months;
- has not been under suspension, disbarment, or resignation from the practice of law within the preceding twelve months; and
- carries professional liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000.
The LRS annual membership fee is $100 for MSBA members, $150 for non-members. After joining, attorneys can register in panels or areas of law, selecting from more than 200 sub-categories for which the attorney is qualified according to criteria set by the service.
The LRS monitors public and member satisfaction with the service through feedback gathered by formal and informal methods including routine Client Satisfaction Questionnaires, annual Member Satisfaction Questionnaires and additional inquiries as advisable in response to client or member comments.
The LRS is marketed and publicized by such means determined by the Director, in consultation with the Committee, the MSBA Communications and Marketing Director, and the Board of Governors.
Experience Panels of the Lawyer Referral Service
Qualified attorneys who meet certain additional criteria based on their experience can join one or more experience panels for the following practice areas:
- Civil Appeals
- Family Law
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Employment Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Social Security Law
- Veterans Benefits and Appeals
Finding an Attorney in Maine
At Lawyer Legion, we understand the important role that Lawyer Referral Services play in helping individuals and business find an attorney in Maine. These services provide the public with an alternative to searching the internet or using an online attorney directory.
Many of these services, including the one sponsored by the Maine State Bar Association, have been around for decades. If you need to find a qualified attorney in the State of Maine, consider using a Lawyer Referral Service when you begin your search for the best attorney for your particular legal issue.
This article was last updated on Monday, December 19, 2016.