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LRIS Attorney Incorporates Co-Counsel; Case Ends with Six Figure Settlement for Client


By Emmy Pasternak, Community Outreach and Case Development Coordinator, LRIS


Since 1979, attorney Judith Baer has tirelessly assisted clients referred to her through BASF’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). Her legal expertise in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration has made her an invaluable asset to LRIS. Last year LRIS referred a client with a probate case to Baer. Baer spent far longer than the thirty minutes allotted for the initial consultation, carefully listening to the client’s story of how his aunt had defrauded him out of his portion of his grandfather’s estate.

The case was complicated; there was a statute of limitations issue and the case would require litigation expertise which Baer knew she could not provide. She provided the client with the best advice she could and then recommended the client contact LRIS again to request an attorney with litigation experience. Unable to receive another referral from LRIS due to the intricacies of the case, the client returned to Baer and convinced her to take on his case. Baer spent a significant amount of time researching the law and finding two attorneys with experience in litigation matters to assist her. Baer recognized the opportunity for the client to benefit by incorporating co-counsel rather than simply turning the client away. A case that to many seemed to be going nowhere ended in a six-figure settlement in favor of the client. Had it not been for Baer’s tireless work, generous heart, and ability to recognize and seek assistance when needed, this client would likely never have received the money he was due.

Since 1946, LRIS has provided the public with legal referrals and legal information. It is the mission of the LRIS to:

  • Educate as many people as possible about their legal rights
  • Give as many people as possible access to affordable, competent legal representation
  • Study cultural trends and investigate current social and political realities, in order to identify those most in need of access to our system of justice
  • Modify and expand our capabilities and services in order to accomplish the above

Judith Baer and attorneys like her truly exemplify this mission and we are proud to have her as a member of our service.

For information on how to join the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, please visit You may also contact LRIS Membership Coordinator, Yvonne Ng, at 415-782-9000 x8750 or LRIS is a revenue generating program, the proceeds of which help to support BASF’s charitable programs.

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