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LRIS: Frequently Asked Questions

ReceDo you need a lawyer? Here are a few answers to questions that you may have.

With Attorney-to-Attorney Advice Program, Help Is Just a Phone Call Away

Do you ever wish you could pick up the phone and get answers to questions about how to proceed with something you don’t understand in your case? Are you a solo or small firm attorney who could use a mentor at times?  If so, then the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) is the place for you to call.

The Bar Association of San Francisco’s LRIS has operated an Attorney-to-Attorney Advice Program since 1975.  This free service puts newer attorneys in touch with more experienced practitioners willing to advise them.  It also works well for the seasoned practitioner who runs into an area of law they are unfamiliar with but which impacts their case. 

When attorneys join the LRIS, they are asked if they are interested in providing free advice to other attorneys through the ATAA Program.  LRIS attorneys are required to demonstrate experience in the area of law for which they wish to receive referrals, and qualified practitioners give advice only in those areas of law in which they have demonstrated experience.  Attorneys requesting a referral to an advice attorney are given the names and telephone numbers of three attorneys with appropriate experience who have agreed to advise other lawyers.  All arrangements for advice are then made directly between the attorneys.

Each year, the LRIS handles hundreds of requests for referrals through this program.  If you would like a referral through the ATAA Program, please call the LRIS at 415-477-2374 and ask for an attorney-to-attorney referral.