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North Carolina Lawyer Referral Program

Updated on January 2, 2013
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So You Need a Lawyer

So, you need a lawyer, but don't know where to look? You've already tried asking your friends and family, but they couldn't help you. Back in the old days, you'd check the yellow pages, but today, Google seems so cheesy when it comes to finding a lawyer. What do you do?

Here, in North Carolina, as with many (if not all) other states, we have a lawyer referral program where you can call in and describe the basics of your case. The NC Lawyer Referral Program is a nonprofit public service sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. It is paid for through fees and donations by participating attorneys. They make a determination of which practice area your case falls into and give you an attorney to call regarding your case. In North Carolina's program, the consultations are not allowed to cost more than $50, but most lawyers I know don't charge at all for the consultation. If it didn't work out between you and that attorney, you can call the referral program again for a new referral.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm.

In state number: 1-800-662-7660
Out of state number: 1-919-677-8574
Raleigh area: 1-919-677-8574

If the referral program doesn't work out, there's also an online resource NC Find-a-lawyer where you can search for lawyers yourself in the practice areas you need. If neither of those work for you, the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service has let you down.

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