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Resources for Finding an Attorney in Georgia

The State Bar of Georgia, on its "For the Public" page (http://www.gabar.org/forthepublic/), offers information about finding and selecting a lawyer.  While the State Bar does not maintain a lawyer referral service itself, it does keep a list of local bar organizations. Many of them do have a referral service. 

Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Legal Services Program, and the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia sponsor and maintain a web site, Legal-Aid Georgia,  (http://www.georgialegalaid.org/) that provides contact information for all
legal services organizations, pro bono programs and lawyer referral projects in Georgia. From the main page, follow the Find Legal Help  link in the blue banner at the top of the page.  This web site also offers basic legal information and forms for a number of legal topics.

Public defender offices, which offer representation to individuals with limited resources facing criminal charges, are organized by judicial circuit.  Most circuits include two or more counties.  This page, from the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, lists counties served and gives contact information for all public defender offices in Georiga. [http://www.gpdsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Circuit-list-for-web-063014-updated-1.pdf]

A number of commercial sites also offer directories of selected lawyers, usually listing them both bt location and by the areas of the law in which they practice.  Generally, the attornies listed on these sites pay for the listing.  Several of these sites are:

  • Findlaw - http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/state/Georgia

  • Lawyers.com - http://www.lawyers.com/Georgia/browse-by-city.html

  • State Lawyers.Com - http://georgia.statelawyers.com/


The State Bar of Georgia offers the following guidance to individuals who are seeking a lawyer:

 

  • Ask friends, teachers, employer, co-workers, minister, relatives, neighbors or anyone you trust which lawyer(s) they have used and if they did a good job.

  • Many online resources are available for selecting a lawyer in your geographic area and in the area of expertise you need. 

  • The State Bar of Georgia does not refer individual lawyers but some local bars do offer a referral service. Check the telephone directory in your area to see if there is one. 

  • Go to your local public library and ask for the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, or view the directory online at http://www.martindale.com/. It lists most lawyers and their area of practice within your community, the state of Georgia and the United States. 

  • Ask other lawyers 

  • Call your local legal aid or public defender's office to see if you qualify for representation


    The American Bar Association also offers guidance.
    The lawyer will be helping you solve your problem, so you must feel comfortable enought to tell him or her, honestly and completely, all the facts necessary to resolve your problem.  No one you listen to and nothing you read will tell you which particular lawyer will be the best for you; you must judge that for yourself.

                  
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