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How Can I Find A Lawyer?

Alabama State Bar Referral Service

The Lawyer Referral Service is a program of the Alabama State Bar. Its purpose is to assist members of the public who can afford to pay a lawyer but do not have one in finding an attorney who handles their type of matter. It is the only lawyer referral service operated by the Alabama State Bar. All panel members of the Lawyer Referral Service are licensed in Alabama and are members in good standing of the Alabama State Bar. The Lawyer Referral Service does not have free attorneys.

How does the lawyer referral service work?

When you call the Lawyer Referral Service’s toll free number (1-800-392-5660) you will be asked to briefly state your problem. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. After listening to your problem, the Lawyer Referral Service representative will ask for your name, address, telephone number and any other necessary information. You will then be given the name of one lawyer located near you, if one is available, who practices in the area of law that relates to your problem. The service does not have attorneys who handle all types of legal problems in all areas of the state. The service does not provide lists of attorneys.

When you request and receive a referral through the Alabama State Bar’s website, you must agree to the Terms of Service, and choose the area of law and the type of problem. You must enter your name, address, and email address, and you must indicate the county in which you are having the legal problem. You will receive the name and phone number for one lawyer who practices in the county you indicated, if one is available. The service does not have attorneys who handle all types of legal problems in all areas of the state. We regret that we cannot provide referrals through email. Please read the remainder of these instructions and then go to the bottom of this page for an online referral, or call the toll free number to speak with a referral representative.

When you receive a referral, it is your responsibility to contact the lawyer to make an appointment to discuss your legal problem. The Lawyer Referral Service cannot make appointments for callers. When you call to make your appointment with the lawyer, be sure to tell him or her that the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service has referred you.


How do I file a complaint against a lawyer?

To file a complaint against a lawyer the link below will direct you to the Alabama State Bar web site for further information:

Bar Complaint Form

What if I have a “Fee Dispute” with a lawyer?

The Fee Dispute Committee shall attempt to assist clients, lawyers and other parties having disputes pertaining to lawyers’ fees with a view toward resolving or minimizing the disputes.

If you are interested in filing a fee dispute or would like more information, contact the Mobile Bar Association: 251.433.9790 or Contact Us using our public information form.

Download a Fee Dispute Complaint Form