New York County Public Lawyer Referral Services
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Both the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar for the City of New York service New York County's need for lawyers for a fee.
New York State Bar Association charges $25 for a lawyer referral and the Association of the Bar for the City of New York charges $35. Both of these lawyer referral services include a free thirty minute consultation with the referred attorney. Aside from the fee, the client has no further obligation to the lawyer referral service.
Association of the Bar for the City of New York claims that it covers all legal fields, while the New York State Bar Association has a more constrained list of legal areas. Attorneys on both services must be in good standing at the time of admission, but the New York State Bar doesn't perform a follow-up on an attorney's credentials. The New York City Bar specifically requires that the attorney is interviewed by other attorneys that practice in the attorney's area of law and there are continuous checks to assure good standing. The New York State Bar does not perform background checks on their attorneys aside from assuring the attorneys are in good standing.