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Lawyer Referral & Information Service

If you need a lawyer in Western New York, call the Bar Association of Erie County’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 716.852.3100 or request a referral online. It is a public service of the Bar Association, serving all of Western New York. In 2019, we referred approximately 13,000 calls.

About the LRIS

Bar Association-sponsored lawyer referral services have been in operation in this country for more than fifty years, and were first established in response to requests by people for assistance in obtaining appropriate legal counsel.

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Bar Association of Erie County is designed to assist persons who are able to pay normal attorney fees but whose ability to locate appropriate legal representation is frustrated by a lack of experience with the legal system, a lack of information about the type of service needed, or a fear of the potential costs of seeing a lawyer.

LRIS offers two important services to the public:

  1. Help the client determine if the problem is truly of a legal nature by screening inquiries and referring the client to other service agencies when appropriate.
  2. Provide the client with an unbiased referral to an attorney who has experience in the area of law appropriate to the client’s need.

How It Works

By calling the LRIS, you will speak with a staff member who is experienced in analyzing potential legal problems like yours. LRIS staff members are not lawyers and, therefore, cannot give legal advice. However, they are very experienced in determining whether your situation requires the services of a lawyer or if another type of assistance better suits your needs. 

If a lawyer’s help is needed, you will be given the name and telephone number of a licensed, insured, and experienced lawyer who can help you. The type of legal issue you have, along with your geographic location, will be taken into consideration so that the most appropriate and convenient referral is made.

You will receive a 30 minute consultation for $20 for the purpose of potentially hiring legal representation. If you hire the attorney, fee arrangements are made between you (the client) and your attorney.

Our LRIS staff members are available to take your telephone call between 9:30am and 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, excluding federal holidays. You can also submit an attorney referral request online, by clicking the “Request a Lawyer Referral” button below. If you submit a request online, we will respond as quickly as possible

All communication is held in the strictest confidence. You are under no obligation to retain the attorney to whom you are referred.

If you are an attorney and would like to join the LRIS, please click the “Apply to our Attorney Panel” below to download and fill out the application.