Dealing with legal issues is frustrating, and often leaves one with more questions than answers. Thankfully, the Bar Association of New York has created a tool that relieves some of the burden; they have provided the people of New York with The New York State Bar Association Trusted Lawyer Referral and Information service (LRIS.) This online, confidential service is available 24-hours per day at https://nybalris.legal.io and compliments the telephone service already in place for over three decades. This is a helpful alternative can be reached during regular business hours at 1-800-342-3661.
Choosing a lawyer is overwhelming and time-consuming. LRIS simplifies the process by easily matching an individual with the perfect lawyer to effectively represent their situation. As stated by Claire Gutekunst, State Bar President, “Individuals often need lawyers in times of stress. Our Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a lower-pressure way to get legal help. Individuals can have the confidence that they will be matched.” Echoing her sentiments is Tony Lai, CEO of Legal.io and partners with LRIS, “We are proud to partner with one of the largest associations of lawyers in the world to redefine how lawyers can scale the delivery of legal services to a greater number of people at a lower cost, and to create the trusted, go-to online destination for consumers and businesses seeking to rely on New York law, all around the world.”
The LRIS website works very simply. The person looking for an attorney goes to the website and fills out a confidential form describing their legal dilemma, and where they are located. Upon reviewing the questionnaire, the staff will match the person with a near-by lawyer. If the individual lives in any of the 17 counties that has a local referral program, the State Bar will forward the request to the correct bar association for that county. This is a free referral service, however when the person talks with the attorney, there’s a $35 fee for an initial 30-minute consultation (not applicable to cases involving unemployment/worker’s compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, social securing and cases involving veterans or military law.) Upon completion of the first consultation, the individual is not obligated to retain the attorney. However, if the lawyer is chosen to represent them, all costs are discussed between the attorney and client.
This service not only empowers the public, but also grows the practices of many attorneys serving New York. According to Elena Tastensen, a Sarasota Springs lawyer serving as chair of the Association’s Committee on Lawyer Referral, “The carefully screened client referrals, coupled with the new online technology, also will help attorneys serve additional clients; The Lawyer Referral and Information Service really helped me grow my practice”
Founded in 1876, and Consisting of approximately 72,000 members, the New York State Bar Association is considered the largest bar association in the United States. One of its most respected members is Jeremy L. Goldstein, founder of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, LLC. His firm represents corporations and committees dealing with CEOs, team management, executive compensation, and corporate oversite.
Mr. Goldstein partnered at the wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz firm prior to the founding of his own firm. Some of his legal accomplishments include: Dow Chemical Company/Rohm and Has Company, Merk/Schering Plough Corporation, Goldman Sachs/Kinder Morgan, Inc, Bank of America Corporation/and Morgan Chase & Co./Bank One Corporation. Goldstein also serves several charities including the Fountain House which assists in recovery from mental illness and Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York.
Mr. Goldstein earned is J.D. from NYU School of Law, an M.S. from the University of Chicago, and s B.A. Cum Laude with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University. He currently sits as the chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the ABA Business Section. He is a well-known writer and speaker on the topic of corporate governing and executive compensation and to top of his exemplary accomplishments, Mr. Goldstein is even named as one of the leading executive compensation lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to Americas Leading Lawyers for Business and also in Legal 500. You can reach the office of Mr. Goldstein at 212.256.1225.
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