Private Lawyer Referral Services in Santa Clara County
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There are some private attorney referral services that serve the residents of Santa Clara County.
If you are looking for an attorney that specializes in the fields of elder abuse, estate planning, long term care, or protective services, then the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Lawyer Referral Service provides referrals in Santa Clara County. Although the service is free, the user must pay for an initial consultation. The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Lawyer Referral Service has a client satisfaction statement, but it is limited in its scope. When you submit your request for an attorney, you are referred to the next attorney on the list instead of being matched to a specific attorney who has experience with cases similar to yours. If you are not satisfied with the attorney that you are referred to, you must contact the referral service and you will be referred to the next attorney on the list. This can continue indefinitely.
The California Lawyers for the Arts Lawyer Referral Service provides an attorney referral service for users who are looking for an attorney who has knowledge working with laws related to the arts and artists. There is a fee that is associated with this service. It costs $35 for a non member, and $20 for a member, but the membership itself costs $45. After pre-paying the fee and submitting your case information, an attorney is referred to you within three to five days. Once you get referred to the attorney, they are obligated to give you a free 30 minute consultation (which was included in the fee) either in a face to face meeting, or via telephone. However, the California Lawyers for the Arts Lawyer Referral Service provides no satisfaction guarantee to its users, and it also does not provide users with any information about the attorney who is referred. Additionally, a user is only referred to one attorney, which means that if the relationship does not work out between you and the legal professional, you must go through the process again and pay the fee.
These private referral services are specialized but they are not necessarily superior because of it. Both the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Lawyer Referral Service and California Lawyers for the Arts Lawyer Referral Service both use the same standard system and offer the same limited information as the Santa Clara County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.