Private Lawyer Referral Services in Los Angeles County
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Several private organizations in Los Angeles County offer similar lawyer referral services. These private organizations vary significantly in their approach.
Organizations such as the San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service, Burbank Bar Association Legal Aid, and the Southeast District Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service charge an initial nominal fee of approximately $40. These fees eventually go towards a free half hour consultation with the assigned attorney.
Amongst these organizations the time needed to match a client up with an attorney will vary. Organizations such as the San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service and the Southeast District Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service quote an expected turn-around time of less than 24 hours. The Burbank Bar Association Legal Aid anticipates a longer duration, quoting one to three days depending on lawyer availability.
The private lawyer referral services also mildly differ in what areas of law their attorneys handle. Most of the organizations cover the same larger legal areas, such as criminal, employment, personal injury and family, but many of them omit other areas of law.
The Southeast District Bar Association claims to cover "most types of law" except labor law. The Burbank Bar Association does not have attorneys in the civil rights fields. The San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service has a set list of fields which cover most large practice areas but not all. Some organizations, such as the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and the Mexican American Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service, offer very specific legal coverage areas. Overall, the private lawyer referral organizations can provide you with lawyers for most of your legal issues but not necessarily all of them.
Nearly all private referral organizations are similar in that they do not provide specific information about their attorneys. The Southeast District Bar Association, San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service, and the Burbank Bar Association all state that they do not give out specific information about their attorneys.
Many of these private lawyer referral services will perform background checks on their attorneys and guarantee they are bar certified, but they do not guarantee client satisfaction. Organizations, such as San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service, will conduct surveys and some, such as the Burbank Bar Association, "guarantee" an attorney's qualifications and bar certification but not client satisfaction. Client satisfaction guarantees and avenues for clients to resolve disputes with their attorneys (if they should arise) are not commonly found in Los Angeles County lawyer referral services.