How do I find a lawyer to represent me?

There are many ways to go about finding a lawyer. By talking to friends and family, you are likely to find someone who has hired a lawyer with whom they were pleased. The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service, provided through the Virginia State Bar, can give you the name of a lawyer who practices in your area in the field of law in which you need help. Lawyers in this service have agreed to consult with those referred for up to one half hour for a prepaid fee of $35. If more time is needed, the lawyer and client can agree on terms of continued representation. You can call them directly at (800) 552-7977 (toll-free Statewide and Nationwide), (804) 775-0808 (metro Richmond), or (804) 775-0502 (for the hearing-impaired).

Some local bar associations (groups of lawyers practicing in your area) have similar referral services. You can look online to locate contact information about the local bar association. Your local courts, the internet, and radio and television ads are also sources of information you can turn to when looking for an attorney.

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