General Legal Help

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The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a non-profit public service of the San Joaquin County Bar Association’s serving the legal needs of those in San Joaquin County.  We will set up an appointment for you with a pre-screened qualified attorney in San Joaquin County who is experienced in the area(s) of the law in which you need help.  

To contact us for a referral appointment:

  • Click here and submit your request using our secure online form
  • Call us at (209) 948-4620 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

All information is confidential

Why Choose the Lawyer Referral Service?

Certified by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California (State Bar Certification #0012), and operated by the San Joaquin County Bar Association, the LRS refers hundreds of clients to qualified attorneys every year.  Our intake coordinators are trained to evaluate your situation and find the right lawyer for your specific needs.  LRS attorneys are screened regularly for their experience, knowledge and ethics.

How it Works

When you contact us, be prepared to have the following information available:

  • Provide a brief description of the type of legal problem you are having
  • If there was an incident, what month, day and time did it occur?
  • Names of everyone who was involved
  • Was there any type of personal injury?
  • Dates of doctor appointments (if applicable)

Once an attorney has been found who is interested and available to discuss your case with you, we will call you back, usually within 1-2 business days, and provide you with the attorney’s information, date and time of your appointment.  Same day appointments are typically not available.

We have more that 75 attorneys experienced in many legal specialties, including (but not limited to):

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Social Security

Who We Help

The Lawyer Referral Service is a non-profit, public service of the San Joaquin County Bar Association.  We help clients throughout San Joaquin County, as well as those living elsewhere who have a legal matter that requires the assistance of an attorney located in any of the following cities in San Joaquin County:

  • Escalon
  • Lathrop
  • Lodi
  • Manteca
  • Ripon
  • Stockton
  • Tracy

We are certified by both the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association as a referral service. We make sure that you are properly matched with the right attorney.  

What it Costs

The fee is waived for bankruptcy, personal injury, workers’ compensation, sexual harassment, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, and most social security cases.  For all other areas of law, there is a non-refundable $30 fee and you will receive up to a half hour consultation with an experienced and pre-screened attorney.

About the Lawyer Referral Service

Since 1959, the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) of the San Joaquin County Bar Association has been referring members of the public to experienced attorneys.

If you're seeking legal advice and/or a lawyer to represent you in court, for a fee of $30, we can refer you to an experienced, local attorney who you can hire to help with your problem.

We are certified by both the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association as a referral service. We make sure that you are properly matched with the right attorney.

Every attorney on our panels is required to apply, pay dues, and prove that he or she has the minimum requirements for the particular panel. Most of our attorneys have years of experience in their fields. Then, once they're approved, they have to be reviewed by a Peer Review Panel every two years.

Once you meet with an attorney, you and the attorney determine what he or she can do for you and the two of you will discuss the fees that you will pay. Once you hire the attorney, you can return again and again to that attorney for other matters without contacting us or paying any more referral fees. You may find your lifelong attorney from your first referral. If your attorney can't handle a matter in the future, you can come back to us for another referral.

To get a referral, you can simply fill out the form below, or call us at (209) 948-4620 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Once you pay your $30 fee* in cash, by check or by debit/credit card, we will set your initial one-half hour appointment for a private consultation.

*The $30 fee applies to most referrals and is non-refundable; there is no initial fee for bankruptcy, discrimination, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, Social Security & workers' compensation.

Find an Attorney now

Ready to get a Lawyer to assist with your legal issue? Fill out our referral request form and we'll match you with a qualified attorney who specializes in the area of law that you need assistance with.

Lawer Referral Request Form