Lawyer Referral Services

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Lawyer referral service programs are sponsored by bar associations, community groups, or legal service organizations. Referral services must be registered with the State Bar and meet minimum standards established by the State Bar (Business and Professions Code Section 6155).

Lawyer referral services are available in most counties in California and are usually listed in the yellow pages of the local telephone directory under "Attorney Referral Services", "Attorneys", or "Lawyers". A communication that implies a lawyer is participating in a certified lawyer referral service when he or she is not in violation of professional rules of conduct.

Some local referral services certified by the California State Bar can be searched at