The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)* was 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:
- Referrals to Qualified Private Attorneys
- General Legal Information and Answers
- Referrals to Alternative Resources and Programs
- Reduced Fee Services to the Low-Income
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, CLICK HERE. For more information or if your case is urgent, call 410-539-3112.
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.
Can I visit LRIS’ office for a referral?
LRIS solely operates online 24/7, or during intake hours. CLICK HERE to fill out the online form. For intake hours, call 410-539-3112.
What will it cost?
Some of our services are free, and others require a nominal fee.
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 for certain legal matters, Contact us for more information.
LRIS Contact Form
You can also submit your legal needs request online here.
*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.
*Privacy Statement: When you request a lawyer from us, we want you to know that we care about and protect your privacy. When a referral is requested, in order to best assist you, we may need the following: (1) basic information about your legal matter and (2) your name and contact information. We may also ask you for further information, if applicable, such as the times, dates, and location of court. In addition, only for individuals requesting consultations by telephone, we may ask for credit card information and billing address to process the referral fee (as payment for the consultation). The information described above is for the purpose of referring our customer’s to the best lawyer and/or legal resource. We may discuss this information with prospective lawyers and related entities for the sole purpose of providing and locating assistance for you — and we will not give out any information provided by you for any other purpose without your consent.