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Q. How does the Lawyer Referral Service work?

A. If you need legal advice or have a specific problem that needs professional attention, call the DCBA Lawyer Referral Service at 630.653.9109, M-F, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Q. Can you answer a legal question for me?

A. No, LRS staff cannot answer legal questions and are not attorneys. If you wish to consult an attorney, we can refer you to an attorney with whom you can make an appointment to discuss your legal problem.

Q. How do I know this lawyer is qualified?

A. All lawyers in the Lawyer Referral Service are required to be insured, in good standing with the State and have experience with legal problems like yours.

Q.How good is this attorney? Can you give me a rating?

A. We do not rate attorneys. All lawyers in the Lawyer Referral Service are admitted to practice; they are members of the Bar, in good standing and have met requirements to be listed with our service. Beyond that, it is up to you to make an appointment and interview the attorney.

Q. Can I get the name of more than one lawyer on my first call?

A. Yes. The Lawyer Referral Service will give you the name of up to three qualified attorneys. We do not give out a list of attorneys for you to contact.

Q. I cannot afford an attorney. Can the Lawyer Referral Service still help me?

A. None of our attorneys are pro-bono, meaning that after the initial up to a 30-minute consultation, the attorney will charge their regular rates. Some attorneys will accept payments.

Q. I would like the "cheapest attorney”.

A. The lawyers in our service are private attorneys that set their own fees and make their own arrangements for payments. Attorneys have different rates and we do not have that information here at the Lawyer Referral Service.

Q. Why do you need my name and information?

A. Your information is kept confidential. It is the Lawyer Referral Service policy to take your name, address and phone number in order to refer you to an attorney. With your permission, we also send you a survey to receive feedback on our service. We notify the attorney of the referral, but it is up to you to make an appointment. The attorney will not call you as your phone number is not provided to the attorney.

Q. How can I obtain a Public Defender?

A. Public Defenders may be appointed by the court in certain criminal case and where financial need is demonstrated. To request a public defender, you need to ask the judge assigned to your case when in court. For further assistance please contact the DuPage County Public Defender's Office at (630) 407-8300.

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