Lawyer Referral Service Programs

Lawyer Referral Service Modest Means Program (LRS MMP)

This program will help “bridge the gap” for those individuals who do not qualify for indigent legal aid, pro bono programs or any other no/low cost legal services or those who cannot afford to pay current market rate for attorney’s fees. The LRS MMP will not cover all areas of the law. Since there is such a wide span between market rate for attorneys and the rates charged by Legal Aid and Public Defenders, we’re hoping to provide services for those individuals who would not normally be able to afford legal representation.
Qualify for Modest Means

Limited Scope Representation

The purpose of the Limited Scope Program is to provide an alternative to traditional “bundled services” that are provided by a lawyer. It helps lawyers and clients work together to divide up the different tasks in a case and decide who will be responsible for each. Lawyers can also represent clients in just some parts of their court cases.

How does Limited Scope benefit me?

Limited Scope can help you get legal help in just some parts of your case.
  • You will only pay the lawyer for the parts of the case that they handle, which gives you more control over the cost. The amount you pay can vary depending on many things including the types of services provided, how many services are provided, and the lawyer’s experience level.
  • You will handle parts of your case yourself, and you can get help with parts of your case that are more difficult.
  • Since you are representing yourself, you will be making most of the decisions and will have more control over your case.
What are examples of limited scope legal services?
Lawyers providing limited scope representation might offer some or all of these kinds of services:
  • Researching your legal issue and giving you legal advice;
  • Preparing legal documents for you;
  • Reviewing legal paperwork you prepared;
  • Coaching you on how to appear in court on your own; and;
  • Representing you in court at a specific hearing (usually the most complicated or important one) while you represent yourself in court for all other hearings.
What will the lawyer do?
You and the lawyer will work together to decide who will be responsible for the different parts of your case. Make sure you ask the lawyer what things you will need to do, and make sure you are comfortable doing them on your own. The lawyer will put this agreement in writing, have you sign the agreement, give you a copy of the agreement, and update it whenever any changes are made.

Will Limited Scope work for me?
An attorney will help you to determine is Limited Scope is right for your circumstances by examining the complexity of the legal problem and your capacity.

To find out more or to see if limited scope representation may work for you, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service at (513) 381-8359.

LRS Community Programs

Partners in the Community (PIC) - Now You're 18 Program 
This program is geared toward high school seniors who are or will turn 18 before graduation. Most high school seniors are not fully aware of the legal ramifications they will face when turning 18. The PIC program addresses those issues.

The premise of this program is to educate high school seniors on both criminal and contractual law issues. The first part of the program deals with criminal law issues such as DUI, date rape, drug-related issues, and parenting and child support. The second part of the program consists of consumer credit issues such as credit cards, loans and consumer issues, i.e., apartment leases, consumer protection, voting, jury duty and military service. We provide one of our panel attorneys to conduct the program in a group or assembly format.

If you would like more information about this program or would like the PIC Program to come to your school, contact LRS.