New Haven County Bar Association Offers Two (2) Ways To Find A Lawyer!
Find an Attorney in New Haven County. New Haven Lawyer Finder: an online attorney referral and legal tool kit.
For personal assistance in identifying your issue and obtaining a referral to a local attorney, call the Lawyer Referral Service.
Lawyer Referral Service - (203) 562-5750
Modest Means Reduced Fee Referral Program -(203) 562-0162
Calls taken Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Serving the following towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wolcott, and Woodbridge.
To Use The Lawyer Referral Service (telephone assistance):
Finding a Lawyer
A personal referral is often the best way to find a lawyer who meets your particular needs. If your relatives, business associates or close friends are unable to recommend a lawyer, most county bar associations in Connecticut provide a public service known as a Lawyer Referral Service.
The New Haven County Lawyer Referral Service is different from Connecticut’s Statewide Legal Services and other “legal aid” organizations. Legal aid programs are services that assist individuals at no charge who have limited financial resources and who meet specific eligibility guidelines. Please call Statewide Legal Services at (800) 453-3320 for further information.
What is Lawyer Referral?
The New Haven County Bar Association sponsors two not-for-profit programs: the online New Haven Lawyer Finder, launched in 2012, and the over 50-years-old Lawyer Referral Service ("LRS") that assists clients by phone and refers members of the public to private attorneys. The LRS program is the only one in Connecticut that meets the American Bar Association's standards for lawyer referral and information services.
Established in 1952, Lawyer Referral matches people with possible legal issues with prescreened, qualified attorneys. The attorneys are all members in good standing of the New Haven County Bar Association, have completed specific applications to participate, all 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 or by e-mail. 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 and arrange for your half-hour consultation that 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 if you have applied and been denied twice. 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 described below.
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
*If you are an attorney and would like to join LRS, please visit our page!
Modest Means Reduced Fee Referral Program
The NHCBA also sponsors a separate referral program for certain types of family law, landlord/tenant, unemployment compensation and minor criminal cases. There is a $25 referral fee to use this service. If the individual qualifies under our Financial Guidelines (assets no more than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines), they would be referred to an attorney who has agreed to consult with clients and possibly take the case for a $60 an hour fee, which is lower than the usual hourly rate in this area.
Family cases have some restrictions; only new family matters filed in the New Haven or Milford courts are currently being accepted. These matters include divorce, child support or custody modifications matters that are not already in litigation.
Call Modest Means at (203) 562-0162 for more information. Program information and forms are available below for downloading (PDF format).
Ask-A-Lawyer (AAL) 2013 Schedule
Ask-A-Lawyer (AAL) sessions are scheduled for 2013 at area libraries in New Haven, Branford, Northford, North Branford and East Haven. Dates & times for all scheduled sessions are listed below and a flyer is available HERE.
The purpose of Ask A Lawyer is to provide members of the community with general legal information; an attorney meets with the participant and provides a free 10-15 minute consultation. If the individual requires additional assistance, they are referred to a social service agency or an LRS attorney.
NEW HAVEN @ the New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, 5:30 – 7:00pm
January 2 July 3
February 6 August 7
March 6 September 4
April 3 October 2
May 1 Novembe 6
June 5 December 4
BRANFORD @ the Blackstone Memorial Library – 758 Main Street
January 17 3:30-5:30 July 18 3:30-5:30
February 21 6:00-7:45 August 15 6:00-7:45
March 21 3:30-5:00 September 19 3:30-5:30
April 18 6:00-7:45 October 17 6:00-7:45
May 16 3:30-5:30 November 21 3:30-5:30
June 20 6:00-7:45 December 19 6:00-7:45
EAST HAVEN @ the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, 5:00 – 7:00pm
January 16 July 17
February 20 August 14
March 20 September 18
April 17 October 16
May 15 November 20
June 19 December 18
NORTHFORD @ the Edward Smith Library – 3 Old Post Road, 6:00-7:30pm
January 30 July 31
March 27 September 25
May 29 November 27
NORTH BRANFORD @ the Atwater Memorial Library, 1720 Foxon Road, 6:00-7:30pm
February 27 August 28
April 24 October 30
June 26 December 25 cancelled
Other helpful links:
Statewide Legal Services of CT
New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA)
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