Finding an Attorney in Erie County
The Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)
There really isn't a better place to start when you need advice, guidance or to hire an attorney than the Erie County Bar Association (PA) and its Lawyer Referral & Information Service. This LRIS meets the American Bar Association's strict standards for lawyer referral services.
Like attorneys you see advertising on TV, the LRIS offers FREE consultations in areas of law like accident injuries, dog bites, motorcycle accidents injuries, denial or stoppage of workers' compensation and denial of Social Security (SSI or SSD.) Offering free consultations in these areas of law is common practice.
The LRIS trained staff will connect you with an attorney and provide you with either a free consultation or a reduced-rate consultation so that you can meet with the attorney (not his or her paralegal.) If you live outside of the area but need assistance from an Erie attorney, those arrangements can easily be made also.
The LRIS continually evaluates its attorneys for customer satisfaction. Staff is available to assist you Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can also contact the LRIS on this website: www.eriebar.com or by filling out this form:
Northwestern Legal Services (Legal Aid)
Free civil legal services are available to individuals who meet specific financial and case-type guidelines. For more detailed information, see the E-law message on Northwestern Legal Services.
Public Defender's Office
If you are an adult or juvenile charged with a criminal offense and cannot afford an attorney to represent you, the Public Defender's Office is available to provide representation free of charge to eligible individuals. For more detailed information, see the E-Law message on the Public Defender's Office. 8/11
If you need an attorney and don't have one, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service can help.