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Legal Referral Service Committee

The Legal Referral Service Committee, a joint committee of the New York City Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association, supervises the largest and oldest Lawyer Referral and Information Service in New York State and serves as a model for other such services. It was the first and is one of very few in New York to be approved by the American Bar Association.

The New York City Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) provides referrals only to lawyers who meet specific knowledge and experience standards in the areas of law for which they want to be recommended to the public. The LRS is one of the few in the United States to have attorneys answering calls and helping direct the public to appropriate lawyers and other sources of legal information.

The LRS also serves the public by providing the following programs:

Monday Night Law

Monday Night Law provides free 30-minute consultations with volunteer lawyers in the following areas only: bankruptcy, consumer law, family law, employment law, landlord-tenant, and small business matters.

Moderate Means Program

Our Moderate Means Program is only available for uncontested divorces, simple personal bankruptcies, and small business advice for business owners. This program connects qualified individuals who have moderate incomes with experienced lawyers who accept reduced retainer deposits and payment plans.

Civil Court Project

This program is for individuals and small businesses seeking representation on matters in Civil Court for disputes involving amounts ranging from $7,000 to $25,000. The project provides representation by well-qualified, screened lawyers at reduced fees.