Lawyer Referral Service
For personal assistance in identifying your legal issue and obtaining a referral to a local attorney, call the Lawyer Referral Service at (203) 562-5750. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you can't afford an attorney, you might qualify for our reduced fee plan, the Modest Means program.
What is Lawyer Referral?
Established in 1952, Lawyer Referral matches people with possible legal issues with pre-screened, qualified attorneys. The attorneys are all members in good standing of the New Haven County Bar Association, have completed specific applications to participate, carry malpractice insurance, and are evaluated once a year to be sure they have no outstanding grievances with the State of Connecticut.
How Does the Lawyer Referral Service Work?
If you have a legal problem and wish to speak with an attorney, call the Lawyer Referral Service at (203) 562-5750 or send us an e-mail briefly stating your question and the times you can be reached by telephone. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Referrals are only made over the telephone. A referral consultant may ask you a few questions to determine the nature of your situation.
If it is determined that you would benefit from discussing your problem with a lawyer, we will refer you to a private attorney for a consultation. You will be given the name and telephone number of an attorney, whom you must then contact to arrange for your consultation of up to half an hour, which is included in the referral fee. The referral consultant might also refer you to an appropriate government or social service agency.
There is a $35 referral fee for most types of cases except personal injury matters and Social Security benefits. This fee is due at the time of referral. The NHCBA accepts Mastercard, Visa and Discover, or payment by money order can be mailed to the office in advance of a referral. The fee goes to offset the program’s administrative costs.
Once the client has met with the attorney, if it is determined by the attorney that further legal service is required, the fee arrangement is between the client and the lawyer. Please note, this service does not provide pro bono (free) legal assistance. For reduced fee services, please see the separate Modest Means Referral Program.
Please be reminded that the Lawyer Referral Service is a public service provided by the New Haven County Bar Association. The LRS does not provide legal advice. The LRS client will receive the name and telephone number of a private attorney. It is that individual’s responsibility to contact the attorney and make the appointment for the consultation.
The Lawyer Referral Service cannot guarantee a favorable result. LRS refers individuals to licensed attorneys who have registered with the service to receive referrals in specific areas of law.
Email the NHCBA Lawyer Referral Service.