The San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s Attorney Referral Service (ARS) gives members an opportunity to build their practice and provide individuals and businesses in the San Fernando Valley and adjoining communities who need legal counsel or information with experienced and qualified attorneys who meet their legal needs.

The SFVBA Attorney Referral Service provides attorney referrals for members of the public in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

If you are a non-lawyer needing a referral to a lawyer, please go to NEED A LAWYER?

WHY JOIN AN ARS PANEL?

  • ARS generates over $1 million in attorneys fees a year
  • ARS is a State Bar and ABA certified Attorney Referral Service
  • ARS aggressively markets the ARS through online marketing, advertising at Valley courthouses, and community outreach
  • ARS has joined with the Superior Court and Neighborhood Legal Services to create Self-Help Legal Resource Centers that frequently guide individuals to our attorneys
  • ARS staff screens potential clients to help ensure that individuals truly have a legal problem with which an attorney may assist
  • Panel members are eligible to participate in the ARS Speaker Bureau
  • ARS IS NOT A LEGAL AID PROGRAM

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Eligibility requirements for being a panel member and minimum qualifications and experience requirements for each substantive panel. The general application and panel applications can be downloaded below.
  2. Attorneys must maintain a minimum level of malpractice insurance of $100,000—$300,000.
  1. Attorneys agree to an initial client consultation free of charge to the client.
  2. Attorneys agree to remit 15% of attorney fees received to the ARS; this fee is only 10% on senior program referrals.

PANEL APPLICATION FORMS

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Governed by State Statute with oversight by California State Bar.
  2. California State Bar Rules and Regulations pertaining to attorney referral service.
  3. Local Rules of Procedure apply.
  4. Public requests a referral to an attorney through online request form or by calling ARS office.
  5. Potential clients are screened to determine type of legal problem.
  6. Attorneys names are provided to the potential client on a rotating basis.
  7. Appointments are then nade with the attorney.
  8. Attorney submits 15% forwarding fees to ARS office as attorney is paid attorney fees.