For some, finding an attorney in Bend can be an intimidating and unnerving process if they have never done it before and do not have a reliable source for a referral. The Oregon State Bar lists nearly 500 licensed attorneys in Bend alone. Furthermore, many residents do not go to a lawyer on their own accord, but rather because the actions of another have forced them into a situation in which they feel a lawyer is necessary. This may be more true for individuals living in Bend for two reasons. First, Bend is a small town with a great sense of community, and as a result many residents are comfortable addressing issues with a handshake rather than through the legal system. The second reason is that the large influx of new residents likely has not developed a network of Bend attorneys to choose from. Fortunately there is a program available to assist with the search for legal help in Bend and the surrounding areas of Central Oregon.
The Oregon State Bar, through its lawyer referral service, is a great resource for finding an attorney in Bend, Redmond, and all of Central Oregon. Although the Oregon State Bar’s lawyer referral service does not give legal advice or answer legal questions, it does maintain lists of lawyers according to their practice areas and geographic location. Thus, Bend residents can be assured that a lawyer specializing in personal injury in Newport will not be advising them on the tax implications associated with their small business on Century Drive.
To qualify for the lawyer referral service a lawyer must be in good standing with the Oregon State Bar, carry malpractice insurance, abide by the customer service standards of the program, and must not have any disciplinary proceedings pending against them.
Although the Oregon State Bar’s lawyer referral service cannot provide any legal advice or answer any legal questions, it can refer individuals to a lawyer that will likely be able to assist them with their legal matter. The referral service will simply ask for contact information and a brief description of the legal problem. This will enable the referral service to find an attorney well suited for the individual’s needs.
If an applicant chooses to utilize the referral service the applicant will be provided with an initial consultation of up to thirty minutes for a maximum fee of $35. All other fees are arranged separately between the applicant and the lawyer.
If you are unsure whether you need to speak with a lawyer, you may still want to call the lawyer referral service as it can help you figure out what kind of assistance you may need and provide information about other programs that may be able to assist you.
The phone number for the lawyer referral program is 800-452-7636 or an online referral request form can be accessed here.