Join the Lawyer Referral Service
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a project of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The LRS was created to help low and moderate income residents receive competent legal services for reasonable rates.
Membership: To join the LRS, an attorney must:
- Be a member of the National Lawyers Guild
- Provide proof of legal malpractice insurance coverage of at least $250,000/$500,000, and
- Submit LRS dues (Guild dues are paid separately).
LRS Membership Dues: Attorneys to the LRS panel pay $175* in dues for each year of membership. LRS Membership is for a calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). Any new attorney who joins after September 1 will be carried over the following year. (Attorneys who fail to renew their membership by January 1st, will be temporarily suspended).
*New rate effective beginning January 1, 2012.
Rules and Fees: LRS attorneys are required to offer potential clients an initial free phone consultation. The LRS encourages attorneys to offer reduced or sliding scale fees to low income clients. Attorneys must return completed quarterly reports and associated LRS fees within six weeks of the report’s mailing date. Quarterly reports are sent electronically unless circumstances require otherwise. Failure to do so results in temporary membership suspension and removal from the referral panel until the report is returned. Two reminders are sent prior to suspension.
Remittance Fee Scale: Attorneys must remit 10% for fees earned from an LRS client between $100 – $3,000; for amounts in excess of $3,000, 15% must be remitted to the LRS. Example: for a fee of $3,200, $330 must be remitted (10% of $3,000 + 15% of 200). If you refer the client to another attorney you must provide the LRS with that attorney’s name and address, and notify the attorney of the LRS guidelines.
LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE ONLINE APPLICATION
You can also download this form as a PDF file and mail it to us at:
National Lawyers Guild – Lawyer Referral Service
14 Beacon Street, Suite 407
Boston, MA 02108
After hitting submit, you will receive a message below the application form that your application was successfully submitted.