When it is time to find a lawyer, where should you look?  Many people in Montana will hire an attorney based on the recommendation of a friend or family member.  While this can be a good option, it may not be the best one if the attorney is not skilled in the area of law you are concerned with.  Other people simply rely on the phone book.  If you live in Montana, a better option would be to use an attorney referral service.

The State Bar of Montana offers a limited attorney referral service.  This service is reached by telephone.  After providing some basic information about yourself and your legal issue, one lawyer referral is provided to you.  This service is free to use.  However, there is no information regarding the cost of the initial consultation with your lawyer.

Another option is to use a private attorney referral service.  Since these are national or regional in reach, they are usually able to offer a more complete service.  They generally operate online, and can be accessed 24 hours a day.  Also, in addition to offering multiple lawyer referrals, these services usually include information about the lawyers being referred.  This helps you to find the lawyer that is right for you.  Private attorney referral services are generally free to use, and the initial consultation with your lawyer is about $0 – $50.

Hiring a lawyer can be a difficult experience.  However, those living in Montana have several attorney referral services available that can make the process much quicker.