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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. Why wouldn't I just use an online legal service provider?
  10. How A Lawyer Can Help You - PDF file -(PBA Pamphlet)
Q. What is the Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?
A.

The Montgomery Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (“LRS”) is a program of the Montgomery Bar Association which provides members of the public seeking legal representation with free referrals to attorneys in particular areas of law who practice in requested geographic locations.  LRS provides over 3,000 referrals annually to callers with various legal needs.  The Lawyer Referral Service does not provide referrals to pro bono (free) attorneys, but can direct you to Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, who will see if you qualify for such services.

Q. How does the Lawyer Referral Service work?
A.

When you contact the Lawyer Referral Service at 610-279-9660 ext. 201 or in person, the LRS Coordinator will conduct a brief interview, asking a series of questions to determine the type and location of an attorney who will best serve your needs.  Please remember, the LRS coordinator is not an attorney and cannot provide legal advice.  You will be given the name and telephone number of an attorney who handles cases in the area of law that addresses the problem.  That attorney will receive confirmation of the referral, and you will receive a form which provides the attorney’s contact information, and asks for your agreement to bring the $40 consultation fee with you when you arrive for your appointment. You should contact the attorney immediately to schedule your consultation.  If the attorney is not able to assist you with the legal problem, you may contact LRS again for another referral. You will receive one referral per legal matter per call.

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

  • -- you will be required to complete a simple, online questionnaire in lieu of a brief telephone interview and;
-- 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 receiving a referral from the Montgomery Bar Association's Lawyer Referral 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.  The attorney will charge you up to $40 for a 30-minute consultation. No fee will be charged for initial consultations in workers' compensation or social security cases.  Should you choose to hire the attorney to whom you are referred, you and the attorney must discuss fees beyond the first 30-minute 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 for any of its attorneys.  You are encouraged to ask the attorney about this at your initial consultation.

Q. How are attorneys selected to be on the panel?
A.

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. The LRS coordinator maintains relationships with participating members which helps her to choose the attorney best suited to your needs.

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

No.  The Lawyer Referral Service does not provide referrals to pro bono attorneys. You must be prepared to pay for your attorney’s services, except in cases where a contingency fee structure has been established. It is essential that you discuss and agree upon fee arrangements with your attorney before you proceed with your case.

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 the Modest Means Legal Access Program (“MMLAP”).  MMLAP is a joint project between the Montgomery Bar Association and Legal Aid through which our attorneys' offer reduced fees to qualified clients.  

Q.
Why wouldn't I just use an online legal service provider?
A.

The practice of law is deeply rooted in public service. In addition to possessing a commitment to excellence and an expert knowledge of specific areas of law, the best lawyers rely on their knowledge of the community, their connection with fellow public servants, and a relationship with YOU to most effectively meet your legal needs.  Online legal service providers simply can’t offer these things.  And when it comes to protecting your rights, why would you settle for less? The choice is clear:

Online Legal
Service Providers
            vs.         MBA LRS Lawyers
Provides documents                          Provides solutions
Does it QUICK                                  Does it RIGHT
Focuses on Procedures                      Focuses on YOU
Operates "out there"                          Lives RIGHT HERE
Offers the simple                               Tackes the complex