Could your practice use additional clients? Are your marketing costs getting out of hand? Are you looking for a steady source of client referrals?   Scroll down or Email Dana Miner at dminer@mnbars.org for information on joining the Minnesota Lawyer Referral and Information Service (MNLRIS).

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Clients Call Us when They Want to Hire Lawyers Like You!

If you’re looking for a source for new clients and a way to grow your business, look to the Minnesota Lawyer Referral and Information Service, a public service of the Hennepin and Ramsey county bar associations.  Whether you’re in solo-practice or at a large firm—and whatever your area of practice—Lawyer Referral can help paying clients find you.

The bar associations have served both attorneys and the public with responsible and effective referrals since 1948.  It is no surprise that we were among the earliest adopters of the ABA model rules for referral services and was among the first to be authorized to display this ABA seal recognizing our high-quality service.

Joining the MNLRIS is a valuable addition to your current marketing mix.  Whatever your area of practice, MNLRIS can help paying clients find you.  Contact us at mnlris@mnbars.org to obtain an application.

How We Work

The referral service receives approximately 1,000 calls each month from individuals seeking legal assistance or looking to hire an attorney. Calls come from throughout the metro area and are from individuals seeking to hire attorneys from all areas of law.

Calls to MNLRIS are screened by the bar association’s trained referral staff. Staff can set up a consultation with an MNLRIS panel attorney in the appropriate area of practice.

Callers pay a $30 administrative fee to MNLRIS for this appointment with one of our panel attorneys. This fee is waived for injury cases. Attorneys are asked to meet with the client for 30 minutes for no additional charge.  Following this initial consultation, if the client chooses to hire the attorney for representation, all fees are negotiated between the attorney and the client.

Benefits to Attorneys

The MNLRIS is a highly-visible and trustworthy resource that effectively markets its attorneys and their practice areas to the public. MNLRIS referrals can help attorneys affordably find new clients and build their practice.

MNLRIS attorneys select the areas of law that they want to receive referrals. Over 100 practice-area panels and sub-panels are available to choose from, so you can select exactly the types of cases that you are looking for.

Clients who call Minnesota Lawyer Referral are pre-screened by our trained staff. This eliminates cold calls to your office from clients seeking help in areas that you do not practice in. It is explained to all callers that referrals made by MNLRIS are to independently-priced attorneys, charging market rates for their legal services. Your participation in MNLRIS assures the public that they can receive a referral to a capable, experienced attorney who can assist them in resolving their legal matter.

Benefits to the Public

Most callers to MNLRIS have not previously dealt with a legal issue and may be confused about the process of finding and hiring an attorney for their specific legal matter. MNLRIS can help answer basic questions and relieve the anxiety of individuals who have never hired or worked with an attorney before.

Staff effectively screen clients to help determine the type of legal assistance that is needed. Staff can schedule an appointment with an MNLRIS panel attorney or can direct callers to helpful resources in the community if that is more appropriate. Clients are provided with a 30-minute initial consultation with an MNLRIS attorney to receive answers to legal questions, to understand the process involved, and to learn the potential available remedies and estimated cost of working to resolve their legal problem.

Callers receive referrals from a trustworthy, unbiased source, and are referred to qualified attorneys, experienced in the practice areas needed.

Already a member of the MNLRIS? Access the MNLRIS Attorney Portal Here.

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