Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Lawyer referral

This frequently asked questions page contains answers to many of the questions that people ask regarding a lawyer referral and general question about the Texas Lawyer Referral Service (TxLRS).  This site refers to both lawyers and attorney with the term lawyer.

 

Hopefully, this information answers your questions in a timely and effective manner.  In addition, please don’t hesitate to call or text the Texas Lawyer Referral Service at the number on this page.

What is a Prospective Client?

A “Prospective Client” is an individual who has contacted TxLRS with a legal situation or concern, is seeking a lawyer or seeking legal services, or who may be interested in consulting with or hiring a lawyer.

What is a Participating Lawyer?

A lawyer who has been approved by TxLRS to participate in the service and receive Referrals.

What is a Lawyer Referral?

A Participating Lawyer who is being or has been provided a Referral by TxLRS.  The contact information for the referred lawyer is provided to the the prospective cleint with their the lawyer’s contact information.

What is a Client Referral?

A Prospective Client who is being or has been referred by TxLRS to a Participating Lawyer.

How does TxLRS work?

An individual with a legal situation, question or concern can contact the TxLRS.  The TxLRS will need some basic information related to the situation and where the situation occurred, if there is an existing court case and if so what county is that case located, who is involved, etc.  This will allow the TxLRS to make the most appropriate referral by matching the needs of the prospective client with the appropriately referred lawyer.

The prospective client will receive via text or email a listing of referred lawyer that they can contact.  Typically this list will contain up to 3 referred lawyers for the client to contact.  The referred lawyer will be notified that the client has been given their contact information and receive a short synopsis of the situation.

The prospective client should contact the lawyer to discuss their situation and any associated fees.

Is to the prospective client for using the TxLRS?

No, the prospective client will never pay a fee to the TxLRS.  This service is free.

How do I qualify for TxLRS?

There are no requirements to qualify to use the TxLRS.  If you have a legal situation, question, or concern, you may use the TxLRS to provide you with a lawyer referral related to your situation.

Do I get my own lawyer?

Yes, if you retain any of the referred lawyers then you will have a lawyer-client relationship with that lawyer.  Discuss all details and costs related to the lawyer’s services with the lawyer you choose to retain.  The TxLRS does not oversee the lawyer-client relationship.

Do I get a pro bono lawyer?

That depends.  Some lawyers do take on pro bono case, however, there is no guaranteed from the TxLRS that you will be able to receive pro bono services.

What is the Modest Means Program?

The Modest Means Program is a program with a primary objective to assist persons of modest means to obtain the services of a lawyer.  It is the sole discretion of the Participating Lawyer whether or not he/she accepts a Referral who meets the qualifications of the Modest Means Program.  However, when a Participating Lawyer does accept a Referred Client for whom the Participating Lawyer is provided information in advance that indicates the Referred Client qualifies for the Modest Means Program, the Participating Lawyer shall limit their initial retainer to no more than $500 and limit their ongoing hourly rate to no more than $100 per hour. The Modest Means Program also encourages no fee representation of clients by lawyers, similar to a pro bono publico legal program. This is intended to help needy individuals get pro bono assistance from lawyers.

Does the TxLRS have a Veterans Program?

Yes, the Military Veterans Program, or “Veterans Program”, is a program with a primary objective to assist persons who are veterans of the US military, or active duty military, to obtain the services of a lawyer.  It is the sole discretion of the Participating Lawyer whether or not he/she accepts a Referral who meets the qualifications of the Military Veterans Program. However, when a Participating Lawyer does accept a Referred Client for whom the Participating Lawyer is provided information in advance that indicates the Referred Client qualifies for the Military Veterans Program qualifications, the Participating Lawyer shall limit their initial retainer to no more than $500 and limit their ongoing hourly rate to no more than $100 per hour.  The Military Veterans Program also encourages no fee representation of clients by lawyers, similar to a pro bono publico legal program. This is intended to help needy individuals get pro bono assistance from lawyers.

What types of cases or situation can the TxLRS help with?

The TxLRS can help you find a lawyer for any area of law.

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