The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a project of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The LRS was created to help low and moderate income residents receive competent legal assistance for reasonable rates.
If you have any questions about joining the NLG Lawyer Referral Service please contact the LRS Coordinator at (617) 227-7008.
Membership: To join the LRS, an attorney must:
- Be a current, dues-paying member of the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter
- Provide proof of legal malpractice insurance coverage of at least $250,000/$500,000, and
- Submit LRS dues (NLG dues are paid separately).
LRS Membership Dues: Attorneys to the LRS panel pay $175* in dues for each calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) of membership. A new attorney who joins after September 1 will be carried over through the following year. (Attorneys who fail to renew their membership by January 1st, will be temporarily suspended).
Click here to download the Lawyer Referral Service Membership form and mail it to us at:
National Lawyers Guild – Lawyer Referral Service
14 Beacon Street, Suite 407
Boston, MA 02108
Rules and Fees: LRS attorneys are required to offer potential clients an initial free phone consultation. The LRS encourages attorneys to offer reduced or sliding scale fees to low income clients. Quarterly, LRS members will be required to complete a report about referrals they have received and send it back to the LRS office with appropriate fees. Quarterly reports are sent electronically unless circumstances require otherwise. Failure to do so results in temporary membership suspension and removal from the referral service until the report is returned.
Remittance Fee Scale: Attorneys must remit:
- 10% for fees between $100 – $3,000
- 15% for fees over $3,000
If you refer the client to another attorney you must provide the LRS with that attorney’s name and address, and notify this attorney of the LRS guidelines.