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Domestic Relations

Including divorce, custory, support and other family law matters.

Personal Injury

Including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases.

Estate Planning

Including will drafting, trusts, probate and will contests.

Real Estate

Including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense, and landlord-tenant issues.

Employment Law

Including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.

Other Areas of Law

Including bankruptcy, criminal law, elder law, and many more.

What we do

The Lawyer Referral Service is a non-profit public service of The Chicago Bar Association. Trusted since 1874, we have been making referrals for over 75 years to screened, qualified attorneys. Our attorneys have an average of 20 years experience and are thoroughly screened for relevant practice area experience and all carry malpractice insurance.

How it works


There is no fee to receive a referral online here or through one of our referral counselors at (312) 554-2001.


If you meet with the lawyer we refer, the lawyer will collect $30 at the initial consultation (which goes towards the operating costs of our service). The lawyer may also charge a fee for their time/service, which should be discussed directly with the lawyer prior to meeting.


During or after your initial consultation, the lawyer will discuss legal fees required to handle your matter. There is no obligation on your part or the lawyer to go beyond the initial telephone contact or meeting.

Call-A-Lawyer program

Talk to a Lawyer for Free the 3rd Saturday of Each Month

Next date: May 18, 2024

Call (312) 554-2001 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the program dates to speak to a volunteer Lawyer Referral Service attorney for general legal advice and self-help strategies.

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Other helpful resources

If you live in the Chicagoland area, some other helpful resources include:

  1. The Circuit Court of Cook County can be found at www.cookcountycourt.org.
  2. The Circuit Clerk of Cook County can be found at www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org.

Looking for a specific Illinois lawyer?

The Chicago Bar Association is a voluntary professional organization for lawyers, providing education, networking, and career development programs. It is not mandatory to be a member of the Association. All lawyers in Illinois must register annually with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, an arm of the Illinois Supreme Court. If you are trying to locate an Illinois lawyer or verify their professional standing, you may search the ARDC at www.iardc.org or 312-565-2600.

Looking for a lawyer referral outside Illinois?

Please visit LRSconnect, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to connecting consumers with other local nonprofit legal resources.