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There are many ways to find an attorney; but how reliable and creditable are these sources? End the guess work. Your legal needs are important and are not worth the risk.
The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is offered by the Bar Association of Baltimore City, recognized by the Maryland State Bar Association and accredited by the American Bar Association.
Our lawyers specialize in the following practice areas (and many more):
The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)*, is a non-profit organization, established in 1954 by the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
We realize that the legal process can sometimes be overwhelming and intimidating. Our service offers confidential, personal and hands-on assistance.
Through our legal hotline, we can offer you:
Volunteer Attorneys to Speak with Daily
Referrals to Qualified Private Attorneys
General Legal Information and Answers
Referrals to Alternative Resources and Programs
Reduced Fee Services to the Low-Income
Reduced Fee Services to the Elderly (City Residents Only)
Our staff, with over twenty-years of experience, is answering your calls to personally assess your situation to determine the best cause of action for assistance.
We are certified and receive national accreditation by the American Bar Association.
*Disclaimer: LRIS’ website is designed to provide general information to the public and is not intended to offer legal advice. Contacting LRIS does not create an attorney-client relationship. If your legal problem is an emergency, you should consult an attorney immediately.
If you need a lawyer, you can contact us by calling 410-539-3112, or you can request one here by using the confidential and private referral form.
Follow these easy steps:
Complete all of the fields below. Be as specific as possible.
When you are done, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
Once we review your request, you will be contacted typically within 24 hours of submission. Response time applies during business hours, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Please Note: Requests submitted during weekends/holidays will be processed the next business day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this request urgent? If your request is time sensitive, please call our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)?
LRIS is a public service of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. LRIS’ mission is to assist the public in obtaining qualified legal counsel, to provide general legal information to the public, and to inform the public of other resources that may be able to provide assistance.
How can the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) help me?
Whether you are buying a home, starting a business, dissolving a marriage, or settling a dispute, LRIS can put you in touch with a qualified and experienced lawyer that may be the solution to your problems. If you are seeking legal resources, we can assess your situation and refer you to a public and/or private agency that can better assist you. Or, if you have general legal questions, our volunteer attorneys can answer them for you.
I have a legal question; can I talk to someone today?
Yes, please call our free hotline. We have Volunteer Attorneys in our office weekdays, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ready to answer your general legal questions. For more detailed questions, legal advice and/or a professional opinion, you may be referred to a qualified attorney for a sit-down consultation.
Can I visit LRIS’ office for a referral?
LRIS solely operates as a Hotline. We do not meet with clients in our office. However, for lawyer referrals, you will be able to meet with the attorney in their law office for a consultation.
How can I get legal representation?
Simply call 410-539-3112. One of our Intake Specialists will speak with you to: (1) give you an overview of our program, (2) provide you with personal and hands-on attention to determine what your legal needs are, and (3) work with you to determine if your specific situation requires an attorney or an alternative course of action.
What will it cost?
Some of our services are free, and others require a nominal fee.
To Call Into our Hotline: It is absolutely free to call. There is no cost to call in to speak with one of our Volunteer Attorneys or Intake Specialists.You may call in to ask a general legal question or receive a referral to an alternative resource that can better assist you.
To Receive a Referral to a Qualified Attorney: There is a fee of $35. This fee is paid to LRIS and entitles you to a half-hour consultation with the attorney in their office. During or after the consultation, representation fees and services will have to be arranged between you and the attorney if you decide to hire the attorney.
Some Consultations Are FREE: If it is determined that you are in need of a referral, the $35 fee is waived for matters related to: Lead Paint, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, SSI, Unemployment, Worker’s Compensation and to all Active Members of the Military.
Can I receive a referral to a pro bono lawyer (someone who works completely for free)?
All of our lawyers are in private practice and do not work for free. If after the consultation you decide to hire the lawyer we referred you to, depending on the area of law, our attorneys are paid on an hourly, flat fee or contingency basis. The details of fees should be addressed during your consultation. If you have limited means, LRIS offers reduced fee services through its Access to Justice Program and Sixty Plus Legal Program, contact us for more information.
We Take Pride in Serving You!
"The attorney was excellent, honest and upfront." By Client of a Small Claims Matter
"I was very pleased with my attorney" By Client of a Landlord/Tenant Matter
"The attorney was very helpful, he gave me advice that I could use on my own." By Client of a Probate Matter
"I was very pleased with the service, and would use again." By Client of a Labor Matter
"Your service was great!" By Client of a Contracts Matter
"Thank you for your professional review. I will refer my friends should they need legal services. LRIS is a beautiful service." By Client of an Estate
Baltimore City’s Public Defender’s Office
Circuit Court of Baltimore City
Legal Aid Bureau
Maryland Court System
Maryland State Bar Association
Office of the Mayor
Accredited LRIS’ in other states
Sixty Plus Legal Program (Reduced Fee Services)
Legal Services to the Elderly
Employment Law Hotline
Self-Help Custody Assistance
Directory of Free and Reduced Fee Legal Services in Baltimore City
The Debtor Assistance Project
Mortgage Fraud Prevention Project