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For The Public


The North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service provides the name of a lawyer to members of the public.  LRS staff tries to match callers with a lawyer located near them. LRS provides nearly 50,000 referrals each year to callers. LRS lawyers will charge no more than $50 for the initial 30-minute consultation, if the caller tells the lawyer they were referred by LRS. 

LRS does not provide referrals to lawyers that work for free.


There is no charge to call and speak with an LRS specialist, or to have a referral given to you. If you call from out of state, there is a toll charge for the long distance phone call.

People calling from North Carolina may call toll free (800) 662-7660. If you are calling from out of state, or the toll-free number does not work for you, please call (919) 677-8574. 

In most cases, the lawyer will charge $50 for a 30-minute consultation.  Some lawyers do not charge for brief consultations, and many do. When you call the lawyer’s office, you should ask about any fees.


The NC Lawyer Referral Service is available to you by phone or online (NC Find-a-Lawyer).

The LRS hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

When you call LRS, staff will ask you questions to figure out what type of lawyer you need. LRS specialists who answer the phone are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice.

Once the LRS specialist determines what type of lawyer you need, you will be given the name and telephone number of a lawyer who is located near you, if possible.  You may also be given other information that the LRS specialist thinks will help you. The lawyer will receive a confirmation of the referral.

It is your responsibility to call the lawyer and tell them that you were referred by the LRS.  If the lawyer is not able to help you, you can call LRS back to receive another referral.  We provide one referral at a time.

If you choose to use NC Find-a-Lawyer's online referral service, you will proceed step by step through a brief form to choose the area of law in which you need help. You will receive a referral after answering a few questions online, and also receive confirmation of this referral in your email (if you choose to provide your email address).

Call CenterNC Find-a-Lawyer
Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.)
In state: 1-800-662-7660
Out of state: 919-677-8574
Raleigh area: 919-677-8574

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