How does it work?LRS intake

When you call the Lawyer Referral Service, you’ll speak with an intake referral counselor who will ask you a few basic questions about your legal situation. For a $35 fee, collected at intake, you will be given contact information for up to two attorneys qualified to represent you. This fee includes a consultation of up to 30 minutes with an attorney.

During that consultation, you and the attorney will determine whether the attorney will take your case, and agree upon terms of payment. Please note that the average rate for attorneys in California ranges from $200 to $400 per hour.

In the event that you do not need an attorney after all, you will be directed to an government, legal, or social services agency that can help you.


The Lawyer Referral Service has attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law, including:

  • Bankruptcy: Individual and commercial bankruptcy, collections, debt collection defense

  • Business: Contracts, partnerships, business disputes

  • Criminal: Misdemeanors, felonies

  • Employment: Benefits, family and medical leave, wrongful termination, workers compensation

  • Family: Divorce, alimony, child custody and support, adoption

  • Immigration: Deportation defense, visas, political asylum

  • Landlord and Tenant: Lease agreements, evictions

  • Personal Injury: Wrongful death, property damages, malpractice claims against doctors and attorneys

  • Real Estate: Sales and rentals, liens, foreclosures

  • Wills and Trusts: Wills, trusts, estate plans, elder law, conservatorships, guardianships, charitable giving

These are just examples of the legal areas we can help with. Even if you don’t see your legal issue listed here, we may be able to help you—contact us today!


Alameda County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Service
(510) 302-ACBA (2222) option 4
Request a referral online now!

Call today to speak with a referral coordinator.
LRS phones are open from 
8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you call after hours, you can leave a message and an intake coordinator will return your call within 3 business days.

Due to limited staff resources and security issues, we are not able
to accept walk-in requests for assistance.
Sorry, no exception.