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Washtenaw County Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)
The Washtenaw County Bar Association operates a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). Since its creation in 1982, the LRIS has served thousands of citizens by making referrals for a small prepaid fee to local attorneys and by providing information to citizens about alternative sources of assistance.
Cost: $30 per referral
What’s the process?
Call 734-996-3229 and state that you need a lawyer referral. You will speak briefly and confidentially with one of our staff members about your matter to determine what type of lawyer you need. There is a $30 administrative fee for the service which must be prepaid. We will then give you the name and contact information of the attorney. The attorney will provide an up to 30-minute consultation. That initial consultation does not cover document review or drafting of documents. It usually takes 2 to 5 business days for that initial consultation with the attorney. The LRIS is not an emergency service.
At the conclusion of the initial consultation, you and the lawyer have no further obligation to each other. Fees for additional services after the initial consultation of up to 30 minutes are arranged between you and the lawyer.
Why do I need a lawyer?
It’s always a good idea to check with a lawyer before you make important decisions. Whether you’re buying a house, making a business deal, or settling a dispute, a short talk with a lawyer often tells you all you need to know. After your consultation, you’ll know the seriousness of your matter, how to handle it swiftly, and how to handle it correctly. A consultation with a lawyer now can save you money and aggravation down the road.
FAMILY LAW MODEST MEANS PROGRAM
The Modest Means program runs under the LRIS guidelines. This program was created to help those with a moderate income find affordable legal assistance with Family Law matters. Attorneys who choose to participate have agreed to a rate of $75 per hour. To apply, click here for the application, read it carefully, and follow the instructions. You will receive a reply from the WCBA office within 10 business days to let you know if you qualify, though the attorney will make the final decision.
How should I prepare for my initial consultation?
UPCOMING EVENTS
MAY
20
Family Law Section Meeting via Zoom
May 20th, 2022 12:00pm
SPEAKER: Attorney Lori Buiteweg, Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach, Buiteweg & Solomon, P.C. TOPIC: Mediation – benefits of alternative dispute resolution and what attorneys can do to make mediation sessions more productive. Family Law Sect… Read More or RSVP
MAY
30
Memorial Day
May 30th, 2022 12:00am
All courts and the WCBA office are closed today. Read More
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