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Since 1952, the SDCBA's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has been San Diego County's largest, most active, and most trusted lawyer referral service.   We offer the following referrals to clients in our community:

Referrals to lawyers for traditional services

Our program has lawyers practicing in more than 40 areas of law throughout San Diego County.  Our bilingual staff will match you with an appropriate lawyer or legal resource. You will get up to 30-minutes of FREE consultation when you connect with one of our program's lawyers! 

Referrals to lawyers for basic legal needs for a flat fee

In order to make it affordable for individuals to address certain legal programs, staff will refer you to a lawyer in one of our flat-fee programs.  You will get up to 30-minutes of FREE consultation when you connect with one of our program's lawyers! 

Our flat-fee programs are set at a fixed price and are limited to:

Personal/Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – Qualified individual clients will be charged $1000 and those filing jointly will be charged $1200. Click here for more details.

Incorporation and LLC Formation – Qualified clients with start-up businesses with one shareholder or one business owner will be charged $1000. Click here for more details.

Revocable Trust and Last Will and Estate Plan – Qualified clients who wish to create a Last Will and Estate Plan will be charged $1000 for individual and $1500 for married couples. Qualified clients who wish to create a Revocable Will will be charged $2000 for individual and $2500 for married couples. Click here for more details.

Family Law  - Qualified clients needing assistance with dissolution of marriage or legal separation will be charged $1500.  Qualified clients needing assistance in drafting a motion for support or custody will be charged $1000. Click here for more details.   NOTE:  Attorneys involved in these flat fee cases will not represent the party in court.  The attorneys will provide guidance and help the party prepare to represent himself/herself.   Parties with limited financial resources who need attorney representation may be eligible for the Modest Means Program (see below).

Referrals to lawyers for family law cases for those with modest means

The Modest Means Program is designed for clients who need legal representation for family law disputes, have limited financial resources, and are ineligible for legal aid.   For purposes of this program, family law disputes will include:   Annulment/Dissolution of Marriage/Legal Separation; Support Enforcement and/or modification; Custody/Visitation rights, Charge of Name, Settlement Agreements; Temporary Restraining Orders/Domestic Violence. Qualified clients will be referred to a lawyer who will provide up to 30-minutes of FREE consultation and then charge no more than $75 per hour, with an initial deposit of $1000.   Additional pre-payments will be required by the lawyer to continue the case. Click here for more details.

Getting Referrals

LRIS has more than 40 Subject Matter Panels to address the changing needs of today's legal market and attorneys are invited to apply for one or more of the Subject Matter Panels.   Each Panel has different criteria, so please review the updated Subject Matter Panel descriptions listed at the top of each Subject Matter Panel Application

After determining your desired Subject Matter Panel(s), please complete and submit the following:

1.  Program Application (this application once downloaded is a fillable PDF); 

2.  Rules of Operation Agreement;  

3.  Panel Application(s) (application includes criteria)

4.  Letters of Recommendation  (use this template for two letters of recommendation for each panel application) 

5.  Proof of Insurance

Please send the documents referenced above along with a (1) non-refundable LRIS panel fee ($125 for SDCBA Members or $350.00 for non-SDCBA members) and (2) a non-refundable LRIS application fee of $50 per panel application to:

Elizabeth Sorensen
LRIS Attorney & Outreach Specialist
401 West A Street, Ste. 1100
San Diego, CA 92101

Please make all checks payable to the SDCBA. Credit cards are accepted.

LRIS applications are reviewed at the LRIS committee meetings on the fourth Monday of every month. Deadline for submission is the 15th of each month. LRIS will notify you once your application has been reviewed. 


Please see "How to Join LRIS" FAQs on the right side of this page and review the Program Rules.  Additional FAQ about the LRIS program can be found here.  If you need assistance, please feel free to contact LRIS directly at 619-321-4153 or via e-mail at