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 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.
Due to limited staff resources and security issues, we are not able to accept walk-in requests for assistance.