What is a lawyer referral service?

A lawyer referral service refers potential clients to attorneys. This means that if you want to talk to a lawyer, a lawyer referral service is a good place to call. The lawyer referral service staff will interview you and, if you have a legal problem, will match you with a lawyer who is experienced in the appropriate area of law. You will then see the lawyer for an initial consultation or speak to the lawyer on the phone.

The LRIS is a public service provided by the State Bar Association of North Dakota. The program is intended to match paying clients in need of legal services, with appropriate full priced lawyers to handle their legal problems.

How Lawyer Referral Works

  • You may dial 1-866-450-9579 between the hours of 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays), to speak with a lawyer referral representative or submit an online referral request.
  • When you call the LRIS, you’ll talk with an experienced representative who will listen carefully as you describe your unique situation. Any information you provide will be held in strict confidence.
  • A referral will include an attorney’s name, phone number and up to a 30-minute consultation with the attorney in the area of law of your choice and town or county of your choice. The charge for a referral is $30. It will be your responsibility to contact the lawyer to schedule the appointment.
  • There is no obligation for you to employ the attorney, nor is there any obligation on the part of the attorney to take your case. If the attorney agrees to represent you, it is up to you and the attorney to negotiate fees. The $30 will not cover any legal services or representation beyond the initial consultation.

The LRIS staff person is not an attorney and cannot give you legal advice. They can only refer you to an attorney. If you have a legal problem, but cannot afford a lawyer, you should contact Legal Services of North Dakota Central at 1-800-634-5263.