The first question that often arises when someone is experiencing legal trouble is how does one go about finding an attorney? Unless they have a personal connection to a lawyer or a recommendation from a friend or family member, many people waste their time by flipping aimlessly through either a phone book or visiting random links after conducting a brief online search.
That is exactly why using an attorney referral service may be the best option for you. An attorney referral service is a resource that helps people find a lawyer who practices in the right legal field for your matter, has the proper experience and credentials, and is often located somewhere near where you live.
Attorney referral services are typically offered through the Bar Association of a particular state, or alternatively, can be provided by private organizations. Some of these services are free and others may require you to pay a small membership fee.
Generally, the type of service you select and the amount it costs may depend on what is permitted or available in your state. It also might depend on the type of legal specialty that your issue requires or even the individual lawyer whom you feel the most comfortable working with professionally on your case.
In addition, there are some attorney referral services that may be offered by nonprofit organizations or certain advocacy groups in your area. While services provided by these kinds of organizations are typically free or low cost, you will have to meet a particular set of requirements before you can qualify to use them and someone at the organization will need to determine that you are in fact eligible.
How Do You Search for a Lawyer in Oklahoma?
As mentioned above, the best place to start is with an attorney referral service that is offered through your local State Bar Association. Unfortunately, however, the Oklahoma Bar Association only offers a limited “Find A Lawyer” service on its website.
Simply click on the link and their website will provide you with a directory of attorneys who are registered with the Oklahoma State Bar Association and those that have opted to publish their names and contact information. It will also allow you to filter for your location and the legal practice area that is necessary for your case.
It is important to keep in mind that this service does not specifically provide attorneys who can help you with your case and it does not give users an exhaustive list of attorneys in Oklahoma state. Thus, without using other services, you may be missing out on more opportunities to find the best lawyer for you and your circumstances.
Additionally, there is no other background information available about the attorneys listed in their directory. Also, while this service is free to use, there is no information concerning the cost for your first visit with the lawyer you select; only general lawyer and legal fee tips.
On the other hand, the Tulsa County Bar Association does provide an attorney referral service on their website. Click on the blue button at the bottom of their page labeled, “Referral.” From there it will prompt you to fill out certain contact information and details about your legal issue. Also, be sure that you read their initial ten requirements at the top of the form. Note that there is a $25 referral fee associated with their service.
Lastly, since the services offered by both the Oklahoma State and Tulsa County Bar Associations are so limited, many people prefer to use private attorney referral services instead. These can easily be found by conducting a quick online search.
Private attorney referral services typically offer multiple lawyer referrals. They also provide background information about their registered lawyers, such as their education, work history, and legal specializations. Some of these services will even give users access to a free legal library on their websites.
Although private attorney referral services are usually free to use when searching for an attorney, the initial consultation will cost some amount depending on the lawyer or service, but it will be capped at a low amount.
How Else Can I Find a Lawyer in Oklahoma?
Finally, if you decide not to use either the Oklahoma State or Tulsa County Bar Associations, do not meet the qualifications for a legal aid organization, or do not feel comfortable searching for a private attorney referral service on your own, you can always use LegalMatch to help you begin your search for the right lawyer.
Although LegalMatch is not an attorney referral service, it does have software that assists in connecting users with the right attorney for their legal matter. Also, the attorneys registered with LegalMatch’s database have all been pre-screened.
To use LegalMatch, you can start by signing up for free on our website. First, you will present your case along with some contact details. After this has been submitted, an email will go out to any lawyers located within your area. The lawyers who are available and interested in taking your case will then respond to you directly.
From there you will be able to review each lawyer’s response and can select the right one for you. You can do this by visiting each of the responding lawyers’ profiles that are set-up on LegalMatch. This will give you background information about each of them and will also show you their ratings from other users.
Lastly, LegalMatch does not charge its users any fees for finding and contacting the lawyers registered. Furthermore, users are not obligated to hire a lawyer whom they do not feel comfortable working with and will only be directed to lawyers who are available and interested in taking their case.