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The VBA Lawyer Referral Service is here to serve you and the community!
 
  •        The VBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) receives over 30 calls per day from people with legal concerns or problems.
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  •       The LRS is not a pro bono service or legal aid program.
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  •       An LRS referral entitles callers to a 30 minute consultation for no more than $25, with any future financial arrangements to be          made between the LRS panel member and the new or prospective client.
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  •       LRS panel members must be licensed and in good standing with the Vermont Supreme Court, be members of the Vermont Bar  Association, and maintain professional liability insurance.
 
Benefits to LRS panel members:
 
  •       Increase business potential while reaching out to the community. 
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  •       VBA LRS refers approximately 600 potential clients per month and LRS only gets paid when the panel member gets paid.
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  •       Raise profit potential when a referral becomes a paying client.
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  •       Expand your client base.
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  •       SIgn up for an unlimited number of practice area categories and gain more exposure.
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  •       Clients’ satisfaction increases the likelihood the referral will contact LRS panel member again if legal services are needed in the    future and increases the likelihood that the client will recommend the LRS panel member to friends, family members and co-workers.
 
We inform callers that, aside from the $25 reduced rate fee for the initial 30 minute consultation, they will need to reach an agreement with you about fees and method of payment or payment structure if they need more than a half-hour, or if they decide to retain you for services.
 
We let callers know that the initial consultation is an opportunity to explore their legal options. There are often callers who may have simple questions that can be answered over the phone or within that initial 30 minute consultation, however we do let them know that substantive legal advice cannot often be handled in a short amount of time.
 
Please click here to see our LRS rules and procedures, and here for an application.