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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?
  2. How does Lawyer Referral Service work?
  3. Is there a fee to contact the Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?
  4. Will the attorney charge a fee?
  5. Do you have a list of attorneys who will work out a payment plan?
  6. How are attorneys selected to be on the panel?
  7. Do you have a list of pro bono attorneys?
  8. What if I don't qualify for Legal Aid?
  9. How A Lawyer Can Help You - PDF file -(PBA Pamphlet)
Q. What is the Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?
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The Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is a program of the Montgomery Bar Association which provides the name of an attorney in a particular area of law based on geographic location to a member of the public.  The Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service provides nearly 5,000 referrals annually to callers with various legal matters.  The Lawyer Referral Service does not provide referrals to pro bono (free) attorneys, but rather will direct you to a qualified attorney or agency to help you with your legal problem.

Q. How does Lawyer Referral Service work?
A.

The Lawyer Referral Service is now available online and can be accessed directly from this Web site by clicking on the link provided below.

Go Directly to the MBA Lawyer Referral Service»

Should you wish to speak with one of our Lawyer Referral Service agents either in person or by phone, the hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  When a caller contacts the Lawyer Referral Service at 610-279-9660 ext. 201, a Lawyer Referral Service specialist will conduct a brief phone interview with you, asking a series of questions for prequalification purposes.  Please remember, the specialists are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.  The caller will be given the name and telephone number of an attorney who handles cases in the area of law that addresses the problem.  The attorney will receive a confirmation of the referral.  If the attorney is not able to assist the referred caller with the legal problem, the caller may contact Lawyer Referral Service again for another referral.   Callers will receive one referral per legal matter per call.

** Please note, for those of you who prefer the convenience of our Online Lawyer Referral method, the same basic procedures will apply.   The only exceptions are:

  1. you will be required to complete a simple, online questionnaire in lieu of a brief telephone interview and;
  2. you will receive electronic confirmation of your received submission and a subsequent referral via your preferred method of contact (as you will be asked to specify in your online questionnaire).
Q. Is there a fee to contact the Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?
A.

No. There is no charge for contacting the Montgomery Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service or; for receiving a referral from our service.  This is one of the many community outreach services that the MBA provides to our community.

Q. Will the attorney charge a fee?
A.

Yes.  A $40.00 fee will be charged, which entitles you to a 30 minute consultation with the attorney.  No fee will be charged for initial consultations in workers' compensation or social security cases.  However  should you choose to hire the attorney to whom you are referred, you and the attorney must discuss fees beyond the first half-hour consultation.

Q. Do you have a list of attorneys who will work out a payment plan?
A.

No.  The Lawyer Referral Service does NOT maintain any information on payment arrangements of any of its attorneys.  Callers are encourage to ask the attorney about this prior to their brief initial consultation.

Q. How are attorneys selected to be on the panel?
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Panel membership is open to any Pennsylvania licensed attorney who is a member in good standing of the Montgomery Bar Association, who provides proof of liability insurance coverage and who maintains an office in the county in which he/she registers to receive referrals.

Q. Do you have a list of pro bono attorneys?
A.

No.  The Lawyer Referral Service does NOT provide referrals to pro bono attorneys.  All panel members on our service expect to be paid for their services, except in cases where a contingency fee structure has been established. 


For a referral to a pro bono program, please contact the Montgomery County Legal Aid Service.  Legal Aid provides free, civil legal representation to low income individuals.  To find out whether you qualify, call Legal Aid in Norristown at 610-275-5400 or in Pottstown at 610-326-8280.   You may also visit their offices, without making an appointment at 625 Swede Street, Norristown, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or at 248 King Street, Pottstown, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Call their Norristown office for information on Legal Aid intake in Lansdale and Willow Grove.  Although not affiliated with Legal Aid, the Montgomery Bar Association supports the Montgomery County Legal Aid Service with grant money from the Montgomery Bar Foundation and the donations and volunteer work of our members.

Q. What if I don't qualify for Legal Aid?
A.

If you do not meet Legal Aid's requirements, ask a Legal Aid employee about Legal Access.  Legal Access is a joint project between the Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery County Legal Aid through which our attorneys' offer reduced fees.