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What about a local referral service?

Most communities have referral services to help the public find lawyers. These services usually recommend a lawyer in the area—sometimes at a reduced cost. Several services offer help to groups with unique characteristics, such as the elderly, immigrants, victims of domestic violence, or persons with a disability. These services usually make referrals according to specific areas of law, helping you find a lawyer with the right concentration. Many referral services also have competency requirements for lawyers who wish to have referrals in a particular area of law.

To contact a referral service, look in the telephone book's yellow pages under "Lawyer Referral Service," or look under any local or state bar association listing. You can also access www.abanet.org/legalservices/lris/directory.html for a list of 300 lawyer referral services across the country.

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