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How do I choose a lawyer?

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries has written a useful guide to finding a lawyer in Massachusetts.

What is a a Lawyer Referral Service?

A Lawyer Referral Service connects potential clients with lawyers. You contact the Lawyer Referral Service and give them information about your legal problem. The Lawyer Referral Service will give you contact information for one or more lawyers who might be able to help. Most of the time, you will need to pay if you want to hire the lawyer, although the first meeting is often free or low cost.

You can contact a Lawyer Referral Service even if you are not sure that you can pay for a lawyer. Sometimes, a Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a reduced fee lawyer. Sometimes,  you only need to pay your lawyer if you win. And sometimes, the other side will pay your lawyer if you win.

What is Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)?

Sometimes you can hire a lawyer for only part of your case. This is called Limited Assistance Representation. Tell the Lawyer Referral Service that you are interested in LAR if you want to find out whether this might be possible for you.

Also, the Probate and Family Court has a list of LAR lawyers, by county.

What is a Lawyer Referral Service?

A Lawyer Referral Service connects potential clients with lawyers. You contact the service and give them information about your legal problem. The service will give you contact information for one or more lawyers who might be able to help. Most of the time, you will need to pay if you want to hire the lawyer, although the first meeting is often free or low cost.
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