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Upcoming Changes to the Lawyer Referral Service Fee Structure

The Lawyer Referral Service will undergo two big programmatic changes this summer. First, the LRS will transition to align with the NCBA bar year cycle, which runs July 1 – June 30. The LRS traditionally has operated by calendar year, but now will operate in parallel with the NCBA membership year. Members who renew their LRS memberships this summer, along with their NCBA memberships, will be enrolled in the LRS through next June 30, 2017. Second, beginning in July the LRS will be altering its membership fee structure to include a 10% remittance fee owed by LRS members for every LRS-referred matter that results in $500 or more in client fees (5% remittance fee in Social Security matters). The remittance fee will be in addition to the $150 LRS membership fee, which includes one practice area panel. Additional practice area panels will cost $50 each. LRS practice panels include: Administrative Law, Appellate Law, Business & Municipality Law, Civil Rights, Contracts, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning & Elder Law, Family Law, Financial Matters, Immigration & International Law, Insurance & Auto Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Real Estate Law. LRS members may enroll to receive referrals from as many NC counties as desired, with no additional fees. The more practice panels and counties in which a member is enrolled, the more LRS referrals s/he is likely to receive. Current or previous members of the LRS who wish to renew their LRS memberships for 2016-2017 may do so by emailing the LRS staff at New LRS members may enroll here.

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Thank you for your interest in the NCBA's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). The LRS matches attorneys with members of the public who seek attorney referrals via the LRS call center and web-based referral requests. LRS member attorneys agree to offer an initial, 30-minute consultation for $50 for LRS-referred clients (fees beyond that may be set directly by the attorney).

Click here to review a list of current LRS practice panel/subpanel areas available for enrollment.  

  • If you would like to join the LRS and are an NC-licensed attorney and current member of the North Carolina Bar Association, please click here to join the LRS. You also will need to submit the Member Certification Form below in order to complete your LRS registration.
    • MEMBERSHIP FEES: The LRS member registration fee through June 2017 is $150, which includes one Practice Panel. The fee per additional Practice Panel is $50. There is no charge for subpanels and no limit on geographic enrollment (i.e. there is no per-county charge -- you may sign up to receive referrals from as many counties as you wish, with no additional charges). 
  • If you were previously a member of the LRS and would like to reactivate your membership, please email the LRS staff at
  • If you are a current member of the LRS and would like to update your profile information or review or report on your cases, please click here to access the LRS Member Portal

If you need assistance, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service at

If you are seeking a referral to a North Carolina attorney, please contact the LRS call center at 800-662-7660 or at  

  • LRS Member Certification

    Active members of the LRS must maintain current malpractice insurance coverage. In order to finalize your LRS enrollment/renewal, please fill out this Member Certification Form and return it by email to or by mail to: Lawyer Referral Service, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. Your LRS profile cannot be activated until this form is received and recorded by LRS staff.

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  • LRS Program Policies through June 2017

    LRS Member Attorneys: please review the Lawyer Referral Service Program Policies. 

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The first year I was on the Lawyer Referral Service, I received more than ten times the return on my investment. I have been a member ever since!-Ronnie Ansley