Public Lawyer Referral Services in Ventura County
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There are two public lawyer referral services available to the residents of Ventura County. One is the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Attorney Referral Service and the second is Ventura County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.
The San Fernando Valley Bar Association Attorney Referral Service provides services to residents in four different counties including Ventura County. In order to receive a referral you must either call the attorney referral service or fill out an online form. An attorney referral consultant will decide which attorney you should speak to and will charge you a $30 administrative fee which includes a half an hour consultation with the referred to attorney. Although the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Attorney Referral Service does assure that all attorneys are in good standing with the State Bar Association, it does not specify the experience level of each attorney. Furthermore, you do not have the option of considering the background and experience levels of several attorneys at the same time in order to decide which one fits your needs.
The Ventura County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service operates an official Ventura County Lawyers website which focuses solely on referrals. This provides services much like the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. The intake staff at the referral service will determine which attorney you should be referred to and will charge you an up front administrative fee of $35 per referral. The lawyer referral service does guarantee that the attorneys are in good standing with the State Bar of California and that they meet the minimum experience requirements. However, they do not state what these requirements are and do not provide any background information on the attorneys incorporated in the referral list.
Both the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Attorney Referral Service and the Ventura County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service leave you with the burden of researching into an attorney�s background and qualifications. Also, they do not provide you the option of comparing the backgrounds of several attorneys so that you may make an assessment as to which attorney is best suited to address your legal concerns.