FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the Westmoreland Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?

A: The Westmoreland Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is a program of the Westmoreland Bar Association and provides the name of an attorney in a particular area of law to a member of the public. The Westmoreland Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service answers hundreds of calls annually from individuals with various legal matters. The Lawyer Referral Service does not provide referrals to pro bono (free) attorneys, but rather will direct you to a qualified attorney or agency to help you with your legal problem.


Q: How does the Lawyer Referral Service work?

A: To receive a referral to a lawyer in Westmoreland County, Pa., either complete our online referral form, or call the Lawyer Referral Service.

To receive a referral online: Complete the Lawyer Referral Service Online Referral Form. You must read and accept the terms of the disclaimer in order to proceed with the online referral. If you do not wish to accept the terms of the disclaimer, you will be returned to the main referral page.

  1. After accepting the terms of the disclaimer, select a panel of law from the drop-down list and click the Continue button. If you are not sure what panel of law to choose, descriptions of each panel can be found here.
  2. The next screen shows you where attorneys matching your panel selection have been found. Choose your preferred city by clicking it.
  3. Briefly describe your legal problem in the Case Comments field. Then fill in the contact information where the attorney and the Lawyer Referral Service can reach you, or the individual this referral is for (credit card information is entered on another page) and click the Submit button.
  4. The Westmoreland Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service charges a $30 administrative fee (excluding Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability or Workers' Compensation cases). If you have chosen a panel of law that requires a $30 payment, click the button to complete the secure payment form. Enter your credit card information on our secure server and click the Submit button.
  5. Once your payment is processed (or if you have chosen a panel of law that does not require a $30 payment), you will see the contact information for your attorney, as well as a summary of the information that is being provided to that attorney. This data will also be e-mailed to the address you provided in your contact information. You are responsible for contacting this attorney within one business day. If you are unable to make contact with the attorney within one business day, you should call us at 724.834.8490 and we will make that contact for you.

To receive a referral by phone: If you would rather speak with one of our Lawyer Referral Service agents by phone, call 724.834.8490 or toll-free 1.877.GET.LWYR (1.877.438.5997). The hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday. When you call, listen to the prerecorded message and press the appropriate numbers on your telephone when prompted. A Lawyer Referral Service agent will conduct a brief phone interview with you, asking a series of questions for prequalification purposes. Please remember, the agents are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.

The caller will be charged $30, payable by credit card or money order (there is no charge for Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability or Workers' Compensation cases). After your payment is processed, the agent will arrange an appointment day and time with an attorney who handles cases in the area of law that addresses the problem.

Both the attorney and the caller will receive a confirmation of the referral.


Q: Is there a fee to contact the Westmoreland Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service?

A: Yes. The Westmoreland Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service charges a $30 administrative fee (excluding Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability or Workers' Compensation cases).


Q: Will the attorney charge a fee for the initial consultation?

A: No. The participating attorneys have agreed to waive the fee for the first 30 minutes of the consultation. However, if your initial consultation extends beyond 30 minutes the attorney may charge you a consultation fee. You do have the right to end the consultation after 30 minutes and the attorney may choose to not charge you if the consultation extends beyond 30 minutes.

Should you choose to hire the attorney to whom you are referred, you and the attorney must discuss fees beyond the first half-hour consultation.


Q: Do you have a list of attorneys who will work out a payment plan?

A: No. The Lawyer Referral Service does not maintain any information on payment arrangements of any of its attorneys. Callers are encouraged to ask the attorney about this prior to their initial consultation.


Q: How are attorneys selected to be on the panel?

A: Panel membership is open to any Pennsylvania-licensed attorney who is a participating member in good standing of the Westmoreland Bar Association, who provides proof of liability insurance coverage and who maintains an office in the county in which he/she registers to receive referrals.


Q: Do you have a list of free (pro bono) attorneys?

A: No. The Lawyer Referral Service does not provide referrals to pro bono attorneys. All panel members on our service expect to be paid for their services, except in cases where a contingency fee structure has been established.

If you wish to see if you qualify for free legal help, please contact the Westmoreland Pro Bono Program at 724.837.5539 or Laurel Legal Services at 724.836.2211.

 

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