Several city bar associations throughout the State of Tennessee operate lawyer referral services. When you call the service, a trained staff person will talk with you about your legal concern. When a referral is appropriate, the lawyer referral service will give you the contact information for a local attorney qualified in the needed practice area. These services also have online forms so that you can receive the referral after normal business hours or on weekends or holidays.
The attorneys that participate in the service are screened in advance for their experience and willingness to take a referral in the needed practice area of the law. After you receive the referral, you can then contact the attorney for a 30 minute consultation at a nominal charge. Bring all of the information related to your case to the consultation including important documents and a list of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of others involved in the matter.
During the consultation you can discuss the case with the attorney, the attorneys experience with those types of cases, and the attorney fees needed for additional services beyond the initial consultation. Lawyer Referral Services in Tennessee have traditionally played an important role in helping individuals find qualified local attorneys across a variety of practice areas.
DR 2-103 of the Tennessee Code of Professional Responsibility recognizes the following lawyer referral services as authorized methods of recommendation of professional employment:
The Nashville Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service helps individuals and businesses find an attorney in the following seven counties in middle Tennessee: Davidson County, Sumner County, Rutherford County, Robertson County, Williamson County, Cheatham County, and Wilson County.
The LRS of the Nashville Bar Association has been recognized by the American Bar Association for meeting its standards for such services. According to its website, last year the Nashville Bar Association referred over 5,000 callers requesting referrals to local attorneys that participate in the service.
The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) manages a Lawyer Referral and Information Services (LRIS). The Lawyer Referral Service in Knoxville, TN, helps individuals and businesses find an attorney in the following four counties in east Tennessee: Knox County, Anderson County, Blount County, and Sevier County.
This non-profit community based public service was established in 1958. For generations, the KBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) has been providing referrals to local attorneys experienced in the needed subject matter. Last year alone, it made more than 3,000 referrals.
The Chattanooga Lawyers Information Provider Service ("CLIPS") is a public service managed by the Chattanooga Bar Association. The main purpose of this non-profit public service is to help individuals and businesses find an attorney throughout Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.
Attorneys that participate in CLIPS service on panels based on their experience in different subject matter practice areas. Those subject matter practice areas include: criminal defense, personal injury, administrative boards of agency, immigration, family law, divorce, business law, worker's compensation, and more.
If you need to find an attorney in the State of Tennessee then consider the benefits of using a lawyer referral service managed by a city level bar association. These services provide an alternative to searching the internet or using an online attorney directory.
This article on lawyer referral services was last updated on Friday, September 29, 2017.