There are many reasons why you may need to find an attorney. If you were charged with a crime, injured in an accident, or served in a lawsuit, you will need a good lawyer. Maybe you are facing the threat of foreclosure on your home, or you need legal help with complex matters such as estate planning, guardianships, wills, or trusts. Finding a good lawyer is probably the most important decision you will make in addressing whatever your legal matter may be.
Sifting through the yellow pages is always an option, but probably not a good one, since the best lawyers often do not advertise their services in the yellow pages. A better way to find an attorney is to visit The Free Public Records Directory. This site provides a directory of state and local bar associations, where you can search for members by name, location, and area of practice. Search results may include information such as membership status, contact information, law schools attended, areas of practice, date of admittance to the state bar, and disciplinary actions. Many bar associations will also provide attorney referral services to assist you in obtaining the appropriate legal counsel.
Lawyer information can also be obtained through the judicial system. For example, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme County of Pennsylvania provides a database that allows the public to obtain information such as an attorney’s status and public disciplinary records. Additionally, a search of the Supreme Court of Minnesota’s public inquiry system will provide current status, license number, address, admission date, Continuing Legal Education status, and professional liability insurance information.
These lawyer records, as well as other public records, are available at The Free Public Records Directory. Visit the Bar Association Records Resources page for assistance in finding a qualified and licensed attorney in your area.