Our LRS is a State Bar of California certified program (Certificate 0039).

The Lawyer Referral Service, for a nominal fee, provides callers with the name of an attorney who will provide a thirty-minute interview. The interview is an opportunity for the prospective client  to explain the general nature of their legal problem, for the attorney to explain his/her fee structure and to determine if the case is one he/she wishes to pursue.

Why join the LRS?

  • The LRS can assist attorneys in increasing their client base.
  • Each year the LRS sends approximately 3,000 referrals to more than 150 attorneys.
  • The LRS is certified by the State Bar of California (Certificate 0039) and is a non-profit service.
Requirements:
When attorneys join our LRS Panel among other things, they
  • Maintain a law office within the geographical service area, defined as all of the County of
    San Mateo and the Palo Alto/Mountain View Judicial District of the County of Santa
    Clara.  LRS clients may not be seen in a home office.
  • Show that at least 25% of professional time and practice is devoted to and in the
    geographical service area.
  • Must maintain malpractice insurance in the amount of $100,000/$300,000. A special policy is available which covers the attorney for these limits only on cases from the LRS. Download the Lawyers Mutual Application.
  • Provide the client a 30-minute interview, without charge.

Dues for memberships in the LRS for SMCBA members are as as low as $65 for base participation. Dues are higher for non-SMCBA members.

Application:
LRS General Membership Application

LRS Membership Agreement

Supplemental Applications for Specialty Panels: 

Business LawBankruptcy Law;

Criminal Law; Criminal Law Appellate; Criminal Law Juvenile

Elder Dependent Adult Protection Team (EDAPT)

Estate Planning_Probate; Family Law; General Lit; Immigration Law; Intellectual Property

Limited Scope Representation; Miscellaneous Panels; Personal Injury; Real Estate; Taxation Law

To join the LRS or for more information, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service Program Coordinator, Barbara Guzman at 650.298.4017.