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If you are looking for a personal injury attorney, employment lawyer, or family law attorney in Texas, then you should not delay in seeking representation. In many situations your case will require you to act quickly. Also, the sooner you hire counsel the sooner your attorney can start working towards the best result for your case.
How to find an attorney in Texas
There are many ways to find attorneys in Texas including:
- Bar referrals from the Texas Bar and local bar associations
- Referrals from other attorneys
- Lawyer referral services
- Lawyer directories
- Referrals from friends and family
- Internet searches
Finding an attorney through bar referrals
Bar referrals are a valuable way to find a lawyer in Texas. The State Bar of Texas runs the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) that pairs Texas law firms with potential clients. The Texas LRIS rotates through a list of law firms and attorneys who opted in to the service.
If you live in a large metro area like Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or El Paso, then LRIS usually defers to the local bar association. Local bar associations often run their own referral services.
The benefit of bar association referrals is that you will get referrals for lawyers in your area that practice the type of law involved in your case. It is not advertising-driven so you will not get the biggest firm or the most expensive firm from those referrals.
The downside is that any law firm that qualifies for the referral service joins the list so you won’t know whether the firm or attorneys are a good fit just because they are on the list.
Referrals from other lawyers
Referrals from other attorneys are also great resources for finding law firms that fit your needs. Attorneys work with each other and know law firm reputations better than people outside the profession. Often you will get a referral to an attorney that has experience working with the attorney that gave you the referral.
Lawyer referral services
Private and non-profit lawyer referral services can also be a source of referrals to attorneys for your case. There are many businesses and non-profit firms that connect law firms and potential clients. These may be for a fee (to the law firm) or marketing-driven. These are a good way to find attorneys but not always the best choice.
There are many online lawyer directories that can give you a broad list of attorneys in your area. These include sites like Avvo, Justia and Findlaw. Generally these sites give you listings without referrals to specific law firms. They can be a good resource to find attorneys in your area, although often their listings are prioritized with advertising or paid placements at the top.
Referrals from friends and family
Referrals from friends and family are a great way to find a lawyer. People who have hired attorneys in the past can speak first hand to the quality of work. That is a great opportunity to interview your friends or family about the attorney’s work and relationship.
The internet drives so much of our information gathering today that it serves another option to find a lawyer. Search results produce a mix of ads, local map-based options and unpaid links to law firms. You can also find attorneys on social media. This is a good way to locate attorneys, learn more about them and see what people say in reviews. Content online is shaped by marketing and sometimes gaming the system so not a perfect place to find an attorney.
What to do when you find attorneys for your case
Once you find or get referrals for law firms it’s time to start picking a lawyer to help you with your case. Many law firms use their intake process as a sales department to get you in the door quickly but you should carefully consider your options. You don’t owe your case to the firm law firm you talk to about your case. Consider interviewing several firms related to your needs and decide who best fits your needs.