Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Lawyer Referral and Information Service (lris)
1(800) 342-3661
Online requests can be made through:

Need an attorney in NYC? Call 718- 624-0843/or 212-626-7373 (Para español llame 212-626-7374)

Make easy online referral requests here!

Our service only covers: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.  

We do not serve: Albany, Bronx, Brooklyn, Broome, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester  (Click here for a listing of these local referral programs)  


When you call LRIS, you will be asked what county you are calling from, and where in New York you would like to consult with an attorney. The LRIS staff will ask you to describe your problem. Any information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence. The LRIS counselors are not lawyers and therefore cannot give you legal advice, but will help you find the right resource for your situation. 

Need a lawyer in a different part of the country?  Find the Lawyer Referral program in that geographic area through the ABA national directory.  


If you are referred to an attorney through the lawyer referral service the attorney will provide you with a half-hour consultation for $35. (Free consultations are given for personal injury, social security, medical malpractice, veteran's and military law, unemployment or workers' compensation.) During your visit with the attorney, you and the attorney will discuss your matter and decide what further action to take, if any. There is no obligation for you to hire the attorney, nor is there any obligation on the part of the attorney to take your case. If the attorney agrees to represent you, the attorney will charge you at his or her regular rates.  

If you can't afford to pay a lawyer, there may be a legal services association that can help. Visit for further information. 

Watch the short video here.