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To get a referral, call us Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 650.369.4149.

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The Lawyer Referral Service was established in 1958 as a non-profit service of the San Mateo County Bar Association and is a State Bar of California certified program (Certificate 0039).

Not Sure What Type of Attorney You Need To Be Referred to?

We have friendly staff trained to select qualified and experienced attorneys to refer you to.  Attorneys are pre-screened and must meet pre-set qualifications in terms of cases handled and years of experience.  They are also required to have malpractice insurance.  

How Does the Lawyer Referral Service Work?

To get a referral, please call: 650.369.4149 to speak to one of our LRS staff members. 

For a non-refundable fee of $30 (payable in advance in cash, money order, or by credit card), we provide you with the name of an attorney who practices in the area of law related to your problem so that you can set up a consultation of up to thirty minutes.

The consultation is an opportunity for you to explain the general nature of your legal problem, for the attorney to explain his/her fee structure and to determine if the case is one he/she wishes to pursue. In some cases, an attorney may be able to respond to specific questions, but because the 30-minute timeframe is so limited attorneys cannot spend their time prior to, or during, the appointment reviewing documents. 

Once you have obtained your referral, you would then need to contact the attorney to schedule your appointment.  You would want to do this as soon as possible, even if you are interested in scheduling a later appointment.  If you have a time sensitive case, you would need to keep in mind that the attorney you are referred has up to 5 business days to schedule your appointment after you contact them.

Neither you nor the attorney are under any obligation to proceed beyond the initial consultation.  If you choose to hire the attorney for any services, the attorney will set their own fee. 


What Type of Attorneys Do We Have Referrals For?

·         Administrative/Government

·         Civil Appeals

·         Small Claims Appeals

·         Bankruptcy

·         Business

·         Civil Rights Law

·         Collections

·         Consumer Rights

·         Criminal

·         Elder Law

·         DMV Issues

·         Environmental Law

·         Estate Plan

·         Family Law

·         Immigration

·         Labor Law

·         Dental Malpractice

·         Legal Malpractice

·         Medical Malpractice

·         Municipal Law

·         Name Changes

·         Personal Injury

·         Product Liability

·         Property Damage

·         Real Estate

·         Social Security, Disability

·         Taxation

·         Traffic Infractions

·         Intellectual Property

·         Workers Compensation


Modest Means Panel:

Our Modest Means Panel offers referrals to attorneys who are willing to offer reduced fees if they take your case.  We offer referrals to attorneys within the following areas of law:

·         Criminal

·         Family Law

·         Wills for Seniors


Please call 650.369.4149 if you are interested in a referral to one of our Modest Means Panel attorneys.


Limited Scope Representation for Family Law:

We offer referrals for clients who are interested in hiring an attorney to help them with only a portion of their family law case.  

Please call 650.369.4149 if you are interested in a referral to one of our Limited Scope Panel attorneys.


If the Lawyer Referral Service is unable to provide you with the name of an attorney, the Service will attempt to direct you to another resource you may contact for assistance or you may also visit our “Other Resources” page.  

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