Our LRS is a State Bar of California certified program (Certificate 0039).
The Lawyer Referral Service, for a nominal fee, provides callers with the name of an attorney who will provide a thirty-minute interview. The interview is an opportunity for the prospective client to explain the general nature of their legal problem, for the attorney to explain his/her fee structure and to determine if the case is one he/she wishes to pursue.
Why join the LRS?
The LRS can assist attorneys in increasing their client base.
Each year the LRS sends approximately 3,000 referrals to more than 150 attorneys.
The LRS is certified by the State Bar of California (Certificate 0039) and is a non-profit service.
Agree in writing to abide by the Rules of the SMCBA Lawyer Referral Service.
Maintain a law office within the geographical service area, defined as all of the County of
San Mateo and the Palo Alto/Mountain View Judicial District of the County of Santa
Clara. LRS clients may not be seen in a home office.
Show that at least 25% of professional time and practice is devoted to and in the
geographical service area.
Must maintain malpractice insurance in the amount of $100,000/$300,000. A special policy is available which covers the attorney for these limits only on cases from the LRS. Download the Lawyers Mutual Application.
Provide the client a 30-minute interview, without charge.
Dues for memberships in the LRS for SMCBA members are as as low as $65 for base participation. Dues are higher for non-SMCBA members.
LRS General Membership Application
Supplemental Applications for Specialty Panels:
To join the LRS or for more information, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service Program Coordinator, Barbara Guzman at 650.298.4017.