Many people do not know where to begin when they need to find a lawyer. In Alabama, there are several resources available to aid you in your search. These programs help individuals in Alabama connect with other local attorneys that specialize in the area of law that they need assistance with and also connect people who cannot afford private attorney.
What is the Alabama State Bar Association?
The Alabama Bar Association is an independent agency of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Its authority to regulate the legal profession in Alabama, delegated by the Alabama Supreme Court through rules, is derived from the Alabama Constitution.
The Alabama State Bar offers an attorney referral service on its website. The service categorizes its search first based on the general legal area you are concerned with, and then more specific legal topics. After inputting your location and some basic information about yourself, the service will then provide one lawyer referral. Although this service is free to use, the initial consultation with your lawyer is $50.
This Lawyer Referral Service program of the Alabama State Bar is also designed to assist members of the public who can afford to pay a lawyer, but do not know how to find one. All panel members of the Lawyer Referral Service must be licensed in Alabama, must be members in good standing of the Alabama State Bar, and must maintain professional liability insurance coverage of not less than $100,000/$300,000 in order to participate.
How Does the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Work?
When a potential client calls the Lawyer Referral Service, he or she is asked to briefly explain his or her legal problem. The Lawyer Referral Service representative asks the potential client’s information such as name, address, and telephone number and gives the client the name of one lawyer who practices in the appropriate area of law, if one is available in that county.
The Lawyer Referral Service representative then immediately notifies the lawyer by email and includes the potential client’s contact information with information about whether or not the lawyer may contact the potential client directly.
What are Other Alabama Local Counties Bar Associations?
In addition to the service offered by the Alabama Bar, both the Birmingham and Mobile Bar Associations offer their own lawyer referrals.
The Birmingham Bar offers a simple service on their website. After picking the area of law you are concerned with, the service provides a list of all lawyers that practice in that area. While this service is free to use, there is no information about the cost of the initial consultation.
The Mobile Bar offers a more traditional attorney referral service. You must call the Mobile Bar Association, and then, they will provide one lawyer referral. This service is free of charge, but the cost for your initial consultation with your lawyer is $15.
There is also the Birmingham Bar Association. The Birmingham Bar Association (BBA) sponsors a Lawyer Referral Service that helps individuals and businesses find a local attorney with experience in a particular field of law. The Lawyer Referral Service sponsored by the Birmingham Bar Association serves Jefferson County and Shelby County, Alabama.
The Birmingham Bar Association has 150 participating attorneys who are pre-screened for their experience in a variety of different subject matters such as personal injury, estate planning, real estate, and family law.
The service is for individuals and businesses who can afford to hire an attorney but are having trouble find a qualified local attorney for their case. It is basically a service that helps local individuals connect with attorneys that can help them with their case.
Other Ways to Find Legal Help in Alabama
If you are unable to afford legal help, then there are many free legal help and resources you can find. However, many of these resources require that you live in a certain area, belong to a certain group of people (i.e. veterans, elderly), and/or qualify as low-income.
You can also get help for filling out forms for evictions, wage garnishment, child support/custody, divorce, and many more other processes that don’t always require direct legal representation.
You can find out more about finding free/pro bono legal help and help navigating the process for forms/filing here, at Alabama Legal Help.
How Can LegalMatch Help Find a Lawyer?
There are also private services such as LegalMatch are located online, and can easily be found with a quick search. Most of them prescreen their lawyers, offer multiple lawyer referrals, and include information about the lawyers they are referring. At LegalMatch, you can post your case to a lawyer for free online within minutes.
LegalMatch's free online legal matching works in a 3-step process, which is easy to complete, highly effective and protects your privacy. The absolute latest in technology enables you to confidentially find the right lawyer for you. Once you submit your case to LegalMatch, a lawyer that is matched to your case will call you if they are interested and want to represent you in your case.