Looking for a lawyer in New Mexico can be a stressful experience, especially if you are not familiar with the legal field. However, there are several resources available in New Mexico that make finding a lawyer much quicker and easier.
The State Bar of New Mexico offers a “Bridge to Justice” lawyer referral program. This service can be reached by telephone or by submitting a simple online form. After providing some basic information about yourself and your case, the program then contacts lawyers in your area. Once an attorney is found that is able to meet with you, the referral information is sent to you. This process usually takes about two business days. The program charges a $30 fee, but your initial consultation with your lawyer is free of charge.
The New Mexico Bar also offers a separate lawyer referral program for the elderly. This service is open to New Mexico residents 55 years of age and older. The service is reached by telephone, and is staffed by attorneys. These attorneys are able to offer legal advice on a number of topics, including Medicaid, Social Security, and estate planning. If your legal question is more complex, you will receive a lawyer referral. This service is free to use. However, there is no information on the cost of your initial meeting with your lawyer.
If you prefer a more local service, the Albuquerque Bar Association also offers an attorney referral service. This service is reached by telephone, and an appointment with an attorney is usually made for you within 5 business days. The Albuquerque Bar charges $33 for this service, but your initial consultation is free of charge.
Finally, many people prefer to use private attorney referral services. These services can be reached online, and often offer multiple lawyer referrals. There is usually information provided about these lawyers, such as their education and work history. These private services are generally free to use, and the first meeting with your lawyer is capped at a low fee.