If you need a lawyer in North Carolina but do not know where to turn, where should you look? A good first step would be to check with the North Carolina Bar Association.
The North Carolina Bar Association has an attorney referral service on its website. By simply choosing the area of the law that you are concerned with and indicating where you are, the location of an attorney is presented. If that location is convenient for you, the referral is then provided. The referral includes the lawyer’s name, address, and telephone number. This service is free, and the cost for your initial visit with the lawyer is only $30.
In many states local county bar associations will offer their own attorney referral services. However, the only county in North Carolina that appears to offer this service is the Mecklenberg County Bar Association (which includes Charlotte). In order to get a lawyer referral, you fill out a simple online form which asks for basic information about you and your case, and a referral will be e-mailed to you within a day or two. The Mecklenberg County Bar charges $50 for this service, although your initial visit with the lawyer is free of charge.
Finally, if you are not satisfied with the attorney referral service offered by the North Carolina or Mecklenberg County Bar Associations, you can always use private lawyer referral services. These services can easily be found on line. Some advantages that these attorney referral services have over those offered by bar associations are that they usually offer multiple referrals, and include information about the lawyers to help you make an informed decision.