What is the SABA Lawyer Referral Service?
Since 1966, the San Antonio Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has operated as the only certified lawyer referral service in San Antonio that provides free lawyer referrals to the public. This service is certified as a lawyer referral service as required by the state of Texas under Chapter 952, Occupations Code.
Lawyers that are referred by the Lawyer Referral Service are in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and provide free consultations.
Why should I use a certified LRS?
The State Bar of Texas has certified only thirteen lawyer referral services in Texas. The San Antonio Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is the only certified LRS in San Antonio.
Our referral attorneys are screened annually, must be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and must carry professional liability insurance.* Attorneys are referred based on the legal issue and client preferences including geographic, language, and board certification.
Many referral websites are operated by for-profit advertising and marketing companies and they may not necessarily have the same standards as a certified lawyer referral service.
*Criminal defense attorneys are exempt from the insurance requirement.
How do I explain my issue?
We suggest using the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN to explain your issue in 1-3 sentences.
- My mother was hit by an 18-wheeler on Jan 24 and has been in the hospital for 3 days.
- I am opening a restaurant with my best friend and we need to set up the business.
- My husband filed for divorce. We have 3 children and own a home and business together.
- My wife and I want to write our wills or set up a trust. We have children from prior marriages and 2 children together. We need advice on how to set these up.
How do I find a lawyer that can help me with my issues?
For the quickest service, please use our automated online system, available 24 hours to get the names and contact information for an attorney who matches your needs. Click HERE.
The LRS staff is unavailable for on the phone referrals. For an instant referral, please use our online system.
How much does LRS cost?
The Lawyer Referral Service is a FREE public service. Please note, we provide referrals to attorneys for hire. If you are interested in receiving free or reduced-fee legal service, please visit this resource guide. The guide will provide you contact information for local agencies providing free or reduced-fee services. Demographic and/or income qualifications apply.
How long does it take to schedule a consultation?
Once provided with an attorney referral contact information, you must contact the attorney directly to schedule a first-time consultation. Each attorney has their own scheduling requirements. Please consult with your referred attorney or firm staff for more information.
How much do lawyers charge in fees?
Fees must be discussed directly with the lawyer. The Lawyer Referral Service does not calculate or provide fee information. Fees are dependent on the type and complexity of your case. Please note, attorneys will need to discuss your legal issue, in an initial consultation, before determining fees and the correct fee structure. Fee structure examples may include:
CONTINGENCY FEES Lawyers that bill on contingency collect fees and expenses from money agreed to by settlement of won from case judgment. Lawyers who charge on contingency do not require any payment upfront or by retainer. Personal injury, medical malpractice and certain types of labor cases are frequently cases billed on the contingency fee structure.
HOURLY RATE FEES Lawyers that bill at an hourly rate charge clients a set amount per hour they spend working on the case. This fee does not include expenses and court costs. When billing at an hourly rate, attorneys generally require a retainer payment upfront before they begin working o your case. Hourly billing is the most common fee structure for attorneys.
FLAT FEE Lawyers that bill on a flat fee basis charge clients one set fee, not dependent on how many hours they work on your case. This fee may or may not include expenses and court costs. Lawyers who charge a flat fee generally require the full payment upfront, before they begin working on your case. Flat fees are generally used for case matters that do not require going to court, but more attorneys are using the flat fee structure for simple and routine litigation cases.
Where do I find self-service or free legal advice?
The San Antonio Bar Association does not offer free legal services. Attorney referrals made through the Lawyer Referral Service are attorneys for hire. If you are interested in receiving free or reduced-fee legal service, please visit this resource guide. The guide will provide you contact information for local agencies providing free or reduced-fee services. Demographic and/or income qualifications apply.
You can also visit TexasLawHelp.org for more legal information and free legal forms if you decide to handle your legal matter yourself.