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The Lawyer Search service is designed to link lawyers who are accepting new clients with clients in need of services. In the Members Only section of the website, lawyers may set preferences for the Lawyer Search application, which allows potential clients to search for a lawyer by city, zip code, county, language needs and areas of practice.Lawyer Search FAQWhat is Lawyer Search?
Lawyer Search permits members of the public to search for Missouri lawyers accepting new clients based on name, city, county, zip code, and areas of the law in which the lawyer will accept employment. Missouri Bar members may opt in this directory by logging on to the Members section of The Missouri Bar website and selecting "Edit Lawyer Search Preferences." The member may then select multiple areas of practice in up to five counties as well as language proficiencies.What is the cost to sign up for Lawyer Search?
Although many lawyers pay monthly fees to have their names and practice areas listed on commercial "find-a-lawyer" sites, The Missouri Bar offers this service to members free-of-charge as a member benefit.What is included in your "full listing" on Lawyer Search?
Members choosing to use the Lawyer Search service determine exactly how much and what information is provided to the public by making the appropriate selections on Edit Lawyer Search Preferences under the Members section of the website including (if you choose) complete address, telephone number, fax number plus email address and link to their website that can be hot linked directly from their Lawyer Search listing.In what order are lawyers listed on Lawyer Search when a member of the public does a search?
Based on the search criteria specified by a member of the public doing the search, a randomized list of lawyers meeting that criteria is generated and displayed.
What information can I include on my website link?
The information on your website is bound by the advertising rules found with the Rules of Professional Conduct, regardless of whether the public is led to your site by a link from The Missouri Bar or they find it on their own.Click here to see how it works for the public!
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Lawyer Referral ServiceThe Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service provides potential clients an individualized referral for a $50 fee. Lawyers may join the service for free.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: According to the Supreme Court Rule 4-9.1, Lawyer Referral and Information Services, (e) A qualified service must be open to all lawyers licensed to practice in this state who: (1) maintain an office within the geographical area served.If your office or firm is geographically located in St. Louis City or St. Louis County, or Springfield, MO or in Greene County, you are NOT eligible to become a member of The Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service. Those areas are served by The St. Louis Metro Bar Lawyer Referral Service and The Springfield Metro Bar Lawyer Referral Service.
Your Next Client Could Be an LRS Referral
As a member of The Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service, you'll enjoy receiving potential clients who already have been screened by Missouri Bar staff. Screening ensures that those people who have problems that can't be solved within the legal system are steered toward other resources. Not only will you receive potential clients in need of legal help, but you can be assured that anyone referred to you will have the type of legal problem that you have indicated as fitting within your practice areas.
You won't be wasting your time or your paralegal's listening to people who need help but who don't need legal help. Join The Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service and you can look forward to being part of an efficient service that benefits the public and Missouri Bar members.
Who Calls The Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service?
Many people have had no experience with lawyers and the courts. Even if they have, they may be uncomfortable calling different lawyers to find one who can solve their legal problem. When stressed by a legal problem, many people don't have the patience to spend time searching for just the right lawyer. People like these are among the hundreds who call the bar's Lawyer Referral Service each week. They may have read one of the Lawyer Referral Service's ads in their local Yellow Pages or a friend or attorney may have told them about this resource. They also find us online or at our website.
Other lawyers frequently refer clients to the bar's Lawyer Referral Service. After an initial interview, an attorney may determine that a potential client's needs can't be met by their practice. Or an existing client may have a new problem in an area in which the attorney isn't prepared to add to their practice. Additionally, the bar's Lawyer Referral Service gets requests for help from out-of-state callers who have been referred by bar associations throughout the U.S. and who need a Missouri lawyer to handle their problem.
The Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service links clients to lawyers throughout Missouri, except for St. Louis City and St. Louis County, and Springfield (Greene County). In those areas, people needing attorneys rely on the local bar association lawyer referral service.
How The Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service Works
What Are You Agreeing to When You Complete The Application Form?
Rules of The Lawyer Referral Service
Any applicant may be denied registration and any registered lawyer may be withdrawn from registration if he/she has:
How to Join
First, read through the Rules of the Lawyer Referral Service above. Then if you agree with the terms, fill out the online application. Or you may download and complete the form and return it to: Missouri Lawyer Referral Service, PO Box 119, Jefferson City, MO. 65102.
If you have any questions about the Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service, call (573) 636-3635.
Official Directory of Missouri Lawyers
The Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers lists every lawyer in Missouri who is in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri. However, this directory does not provide contact information, nor do the listings indicate whether a particular lawyer is accepting new clients. Use this directory if you want to check a lawyer’s standing. Inactive lawyers are also listed. Inactive lawyers are in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri but are not eligible to practice law in Missouri.
Official Directory FAQWhat is the Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers?
The Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers is a service that allows members of the public the ability to access The Missouri Bar's website to verify that someone is a member of The Missouri Bar.
This listing includes all lawyers admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Missouri who are in good standing. Inactive lawyers who are in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri but are not eligible to practice law in Missouri are also listed. Your name is included automatically; no action on your part is required to include your name on the listing. If the Supreme Court changes the status of a lawyer to anything other than "Good Standing," the lawyer´s information disappears immediately from the Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers. For example, lawyers who do not pay their dues in a timely manner will have their status changed to "Not in Good Standing" by the Supreme Court and remain that way until the dues are paid. During that period, the lawyer will not appear within the Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers.
Information available to the public through the Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers is limited to name, bar number, date of admission, and the city, state and zip code listed in each lawyer's "official address" within The Missouri Bar's membership database.
The Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers does not include any additional identifying information, such as street address or telephone number. (Lawyers who wish to provide the public with additional information should sign up for LawyerSearch).
What is meant by the term "Official Address"?
By rule of the Supreme Court of Missouri, each member of The Missouri Bar is required to provide an official address. This address is public information, meaning that any member of the public who calls the offices of the Supreme Court or The Missouri Bar will have access to this complete address as provided by the member. Thus, lawyers should not provide an "official address" that they do not wish to be made public.
Careful consideration should be given to the selection of one´s official address. For example, if a prosecuting attorney decides that he or she wishes to receive bar publications at home rather than at an office, it may seem convenient to list a home address as the official address. However, it is important to remember that this address - as one´s "official address" - is available to the public, including prisoners.
To avoid this sort of situation, a lawyer may wish to list his or her office address as their official address, then edit their personal profile on the "members only" portion of The Missouri Bar´s website to direct that all state bar publications be sent to their home address.
Is there a charge associated with this service?
No. This is a free service provided to the public and all members of The Missouri Bar who are in good standing.
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