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If you are a victim of abuse, you may want to ask the Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service whether or not they screen for lawyers who are experienced in handling domestic violence cases. For a suggested list of questions to ask regarding the lawyer’s fees and experience when interviewing an attorney, go to our Choosing and Working with a Lawyer page.
Baton Rouge Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The Baton Rouge Bar Association offers this service to aid the public in obtaining legal services. At this initial consultation, the lawyer will provide advice about the specific legal issue. The Lawyer Referral Service offers you:
referral to an experienced lawyer, if you need one and an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes with a lawyer for a fee of no more than $50.
Lafayette Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The Lafayette Bar Association has links to attorneys in different practice areas (but they do not guarantee a low-cost initial consultation). They also have a program called “Counsel on Call” which is a free program that gives self-represented litigants an opportunity to discuss legal matters with volunteer attorneys. Participants are assisted on a first come first served basis and will be limited to a 15 minute conference with the volunteer attorney. Please be advised, these attorneys do not represent you as counsel in court. The program occurs every Friday (excluding holidays) from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Lafayette Bar Association in the Lafayette Parish Law Library which is located at 2607 Johnston Street. The office opens at 8:30 AM and participants are advised to arrive early. There are only 8-12 spots each Friday depending on the number of volunteer attorneys and you are limited to participating in the program once a month. In addition, for people who have filed for a protective order and have a temporary restraining order and upcoming court date, they offer limited representation for the Protective Order Hearing/Rule. Call the Lafayette Bar Association to schedule an appointment or apply in person. If you apply in person please bring your initial petition, TRO, drivers license, and any copies of police reports, photos of injuries, medical records, or pertinent evidence.
New Orleans Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130
The Lawyer Referral Service offers you a referral to an experienced lawyer, if you need one. The lawyer will charge you no more than $75 for an initial consultation of up to 1 hour. Call or go here to email a request: http://www.neworleansbar.org/contact-us.html
Shreveport Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The SBA Lawyer Referral Service provides an initial consultation for a fee of $25.00. This fee must be paid by money order only and made payable to the Shreveport Bar Association upon arrival of your first appointment with the attorney. Call or go here to the website to email a request.
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