FAQ: Using the LRS

FAQ: Using the LRS

Need an attorney and don’t know where to turn? Helpful answers regarding the use of the Lawyer Referral Service of the Dayton Bar Association.


How do I use the Lawyer Referral Service?

The Lawyer Referral Service is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm. You can request an attorney from this website or by calling (937) 222-6102. Whether you call or use the website you will be asked to provide some basic information to be matched up with a local attorney.  

The attorneys are referred according to area of law and geographical location (if possible).  In some cases we might identify an organization that would be able to help you better than an attorney would, so in those cases, we can refer you to an organization who will be able to help.


Why should I use LRS rather than finding an Attorney in the phone book?

While there are certainly many attorneys to choose from in the phone book, the options can be very overwhelming.  The attorneys on the LRS panel have been screened and meet standards set by the American Bar Association and the Supreme Court of Ohio.  All panel members are members in good standing with the Dayton Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Ohio and have no outstanding ethical violations against them. Each also have provided proof of a current professional malpractice insurance policy. 

Sometimes it’s hard for a person to determine for themselves what type of attorney is needed for their specific situation.  By using the website or placing a call to the LRS, our referral service will help determine what type of attorney is needed. 


How does the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) work?

When you use this website or call the LRS, you will be asked to provide information relating to your legal need in order to determine the type an attorney who would be able to help you.  You will then be given the name and phone number of an attorney on the panel who should be able to help with your situation.  Once you receive the name and phone number of a qualified attorney, you may contact his/her office directly. Be sure to let the Attorney know that you were referred by the Lawyer Referral Service to receive an initial consultation of up to thirty (30) minutes for $35.00.

You can call our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm; our office is closed from 1:00-2:00pm for lunch. However, referrals can also be made through the LRS portal anytime, day or night.  Be sure to include your complete contact information and enough information regarding your legal situation that we will be able to match you with an appropriate attorney. A referral will be sent via email within one business day.


Is there a charge for the referral?

While there is no charge for a referral, all attorneys referred by the Lawyer Referral Service are private full fee attorneys who may charge a fee of $35.00 for the first 30 minutes you meet with the attorney.  After the first 30 minutes the attorney will charge their regular full fee.  Any questions pertaining to fees or fee arrangements should be addressed directly with the Attorney.


What areas of law do the referred attorneys practice?

The LRS provides attorneys who cover over 300 areas of law, including Bankruptcy, Family Law, Real Estate, Consumer Law, Probate Law, Social Security, Workers Comp, and Personal Injury.  Our referral service will help determine what attorney will meet your specific needs. 


What if I need an Attorney who speaks a particular language?

The LRS Panel currently has attorney who speak several languages.  However, if a specific language is needed and not represented on our panel, please contact the LRS anyway we will always try to accommodate the needs of the potential clients.


How long does it take to get a referral?

Whether you call the LRS or use the website, the referral process usually takes about 3-5 minutes.


Will my information be kept confidential?

All information provided for a referral is kept confidential. The information requested for the referral is simply to help us refer you to the appropriate Attorney.


Why do I have to give you my personal information?

In order for our database to release an Attorney's name and phone number to you, we do require some personal information including name, address, and phone number. This information is for our internal purposes only. Some website users or callers might be selected to receive a system-generated Client Satisfaction Survey; however, if you would prefer to have your name removed from that list, just let the Intake Specialist know.


How do Attorneys set their fees?

Generally, cases are handled on either an hourly fee or a contingency basis (this means that the fee is a percentage of the recovery). In most hourly cases, a retainer is required. The lawyer and the client should discuss the specific fee and/or retainer arrangement to be followed.


How much will the Attorney charge?

Attorney fees may vary from attorney to attorney based on the complexity of the case, their experience, and what is a considered reasonable for a particular market. If you have concerns about the attorney's fee, do not hesitate to address that up front in discussion with the attorney. 


What if I can't afford an Attorney?

If you need an attorney and feel you cannot afford one, call the LRS so our Intake Specialist can refer you to an appropriate agency or organization to help with your legal needs. 


Can you answer my legal question?

The LRS cannot provide legal advice or legal service.


Why do I only receive one attorney's name at a time?

Don't users of the website get three names at a time?  If so, I think this question is confusing. Instead of even distinguishing between one referral by phone or three referrals by website, I would just remove the question.  If someone happens to call in for their referral and asks why they only get one name, the Intake Specialist can tell them.  


What if I misplaced the name and number of the Attorney you referred me to?

Simply contact the LRS to explain the situation to an Intake Specialist. We will then be able to provide you the information you need.


What if I need to know the address or telephone number of an attorney not on the LRS Panel?

If the attorney is not in our database, you can call the Administrative Offices of the Dayton Bar Association (937) 222-7902.  All attorneys with an Ohio license are listed with The Supreme Court of Ohio's Office of Attorney Registration. That office can be reached at 614.387.9320 or click here to look attorneys up online.


What if I am calling for a friend or family member?

Unfortunately, due to the confidentially of a call and additional information that might be needed, it is important that we speak directly to the person needing legal help.  If there is a valid reason that someone close to you is unable to contact us, our Intake Specialist may be able to assist you with an alternative method of reaching an attorney.