Many people are stumped about where to turn when looking for a lawyer. If you live in Missouri, both the state and local metropolitan bar associations offer a good first step in finding a lawyer.
The Missouri Bar Association offers an attorney referral service. This service offers statewide lawyer referrals, but does not cover the cities of St. Louis, Kansas City, or Springfield. The Missouri Bar’s attorney referral service can be reached by either telephone or by filling out a simple online form. The service charges a $25 fee, but the initial consultation with your lawyer is free.
If you live in one of the cities not covered by the Missouri Bar’s service, you are still able to obtain a lawyer referral. The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar, Springfield Metropolitan Bar, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis all maintain their own attorney referral services.
The Kansas City Bar’s service offers a lawyer referral either by telephone or e-mail. The service is free to use. However, there is no rule limiting the cost of your initial consultation fee.
The St. Louis Bar’s service can also be reached by telephone or e-mail. The service will respond within a day or two with the referral, and will bill you $30 for using the service. However, your initial consultation with your lawyer is free. Another website for evaluating Attorney Referral Services in Missouri is with pages specifically about Lawyer Referral Services in St. Louis County andLawyer Referral Services in Jackson County.
Finally, the Springfield Bar’s website offers a limited referral service. Simply input the area of law you are concerned with, and you will be presented with a list of lawyers who practice that specialty. This service is free, but there is no information on how much the consultation fee will be. Another website for evaluating Attorney Referral Services in Missouri that may prove useful has pages specifically about Lawyer Referral Services in St. Louis County and Lawyer Referral Services in Jackson County.