Lawyer Referral & Information Service

Client/Attorney Tips

Need an attorney and don’t know where to turn, turn to the Lawyer Referral & Information Service of the Dayton Bar Association.

The Lawyer Referral & Information Service is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.  You can also request an attorney from our website by going to www.daybar.org and clicking on the Lawyer Referral & Information Service link.  Once you fill out a short request from, the name of an attorney will be emailed to you within one business day. 

After listening to your situation, our trained intake specialist will make a referral to an attorney who should be able to help with the situation.  The attorneys are referred according to area of law and geographical location if possible.  In some cases we realize an attorney may not be the best option so if needed we can refer you to an organization how will be able to help.

Why should I use LRIS rather than finding an Attorney in the phone book?

While there are certainly many attorneys to choose from in the phone book, the options can be very overwhelming.  The attorneys on the LRIS panel have been screened and meet standards set by the American Bar Association and the Supreme Court of Ohio.  All panel members are members in good standing with the Dayton Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Ohio and have no outstanding ethical violations against them they also have updated professional malpractice insurance. 

Sometimes it’s hard for a person to determine for themselves what type of attorney is needed for their specific situation.  By placing a call to the LRIS, our Intake Specialist will help you determine what type of attorney is needed. 

How does the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) work?

When a caller contacts the LRIS, our Intake Specialist will ask a series of questions relating to your legal need in an order to determine the type an attorney who would be able to help the caller.  After a brief interview, the caller will be given the name and phone number of an attorney on the panel who should be able to help with your situation.  Once you receive the name and phone number of a qualified attorney, you may contact his/her office directly. Be sure to let the Attorney know that you were referred by the Lawyer Referral & Information Service to receive an initial consultation of up to thirty (30) minutes for $35.00.

Referrals are made Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm; our office is closed from 1:00-2:00pm for lunch.  Referrals can also be made via the internet by going to our website at www.daybar.org and following the Lawyer Referral & Information Service links.  Be sure to include your complete contact information and enough information regarding your legal situation that our Intake Specialist will be able to match you with an appropriate attorney. A referral will be sent via email within one business day.

Is there a charge for the referral?

While there is no charge for a referral, all attorneys referred by the Lawyer Referral & Information Service are private full fee attorneys who may charge a fee of $35.00 for the first 30 minutes you meet with the attorney.  After the first 30 minutes the attorney will charge their regular full fee.  Any questions pertaining to fees or fee arrangements should be addressed directly with the Attorney. 

What areas of law do the referred attorneys practice?

The LRIS provides over 300 areas of law, including Bankruptcy, Family Law, Real Estate, Consumer Law, Probate Law, Social Security, Workers Comp, and Personal Injury.  Our Intake Specialists will be able to help you determine what attorney will meet your specific needs. 

What if I need an Attorney who speaks a particular language?

The LRIS Panel currently has attorney who speak several languages.  However, if a specific language is needed and not represented on our panel, please contact the LRIS anyway we will always try to accommodate the needs of our callers.

How long does the phone interview take?

Depending on the nature of the situation, the phone interview will usually take 3-5 minutes.

Will my conversation be kept confidential?

All LRI conversations are completely confidential. The questions our Intake Specialists ask during the course of the phone interview are simply to helps us refer you to the appropriate Attorney. 

Why do I have to give you my personal information?

In order for our database to release an Attorney's name and phone number to you, we do require some personal information including name, address, and phone number. This information is for our internal purposes only. Some callers might be selected to receive a system-generated Client Satisfaction Survey; however, if you would prefer to have your name removed from that list, just let the Intake Specialist know. 

How do Attorneys set their fees?

Generally, cases are handled on either an hourly fee or a contingency basis (this means that the fee is a percentage of the recovery). In most hourly cases, a retainer is required. The lawyer and the client should discuss the specific fee and/or retainer arrangement to be followed.

How much will the Attorney charge?

Attorney fees may vary from Attorney to Attorney based on the complexity of the case, their experience, and what is a considered reasonable for a particular market. If you have concerns about the Attorney's fee, do not hesitate to address that up front in discussion with the Attorney. 

What if I can't afford an Attorney?

If you need an attorney and feel you cannot afford one, our Intake Specialist will be able to refer you to an appropriate agency or organization to help with your legal needs. 

Can you answer my legal question?

The LRIS cannot provide legal advice or legal service.

Why do I only receive one Attorney's name at a time?

It is our policy to give each caller the name and number of one Attorney at a time. If that Attorney is unable to assist you for any reason, give our Service a call back for a new referral.

What if I misplaced the name and number of the Attorney you referred me to?

Simply contact our LRIS explain the situation to the Intake Specialist, and we will give you the information you need.

What if I need to know the address or telephone number of an Attorney not on the LRIS Panel?

Our staff will make every effort to give you the information you need.  If the attorney is not in our database, we may refer you to the Administrative Offices of the Dayton Bar Association (937) 222.7902.  All attorneys with an Ohio license are listed with The Supreme Court of Ohio's Office of Attorney Registration. For information on the attorney or click here to look attorneys up online. 

What if I am calling for a friend or family member?

Unfortunately, due to the confidentially of a call and additional information that might be needed, it is important that we speak directly to the person needing legal help.  If there is a valid reason that someone close to you is unable to contact us, our Intake Specialist may be able to assist you with an alternative method of reaching an attorney.