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Vol. 42, No. 2 [Page 84]
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Notices, Products, and Services
Lawyer Referral Resources
Do you know individuals in need of a lawyer referral service?
Here are a few resources that may provide some assistance.
Note: The CBA does not offer referral services or provide access to public records.
Colorado Legal Services (CLS)
CLS assists low-income Coloradans with civil legal issues. It provides legal representation, as well as information about self-help resources, locating and qualifying for free or low-cost legal services, and local courts. CLS is unable to take bankruptcy, immigration, or criminal defense cases. For a list of resources that can assist with criminal matters, select the "Referrals for Help with Criminal Matters" link on the CLS home page.
CLS provides a wealth of self-help legal information for the public at www.coloradolegalservices.org/lawhelp/issues. Information is organized into the following categories: Business Law, Civil Rights, Consumer Issues, Elder Law, Employment, Family and Children, Government Benefits, Health Law, Housing, Immigration, Juvenile, Migrant Workers, Native American, and Taxes.
The CLS website also provides live help for veterans, active serv- icemembers, and their families on Wednesdays, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Simply select the "Live Help" link on the right side of the page during one of those times and then enter the desired question.
CLS offices are located throughout Colorado. Select the "Contact Us" link on the CLS home page for office locations and phone numbers. Hours vary among locations, so it is recommended to call before making an in-person visit.
Colorado Bar Association (CBA) Find A Lawyer
The Find A Lawyer directory on the CBA website provides contact information for CBA member attorneys. Individuals can find attorneys using search criteria such as practice area, name, or region, or by performing an "Advanced search."
Colorado Public Defender’s Office
pdweb.coloradodefenders.us or (303) 764-1400
The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender provides criminal defense representation for indigent defendants in criminal cases. Attorneys at trial offices throughout Colorado handle felony and misdemeanor cases in state courts. There also is a centralized appellate office that handles felony appeals from every jurisdiction in Colorado, as well as a statewide administrative office.
El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA)
Lawyer Referral Service
The EPCBA provides referrals to member attorneys in the Pikes Peak region. Attorneys have been screened to ensure they are qualified and have no history of professional discipline. The service offers referrals to attorneys specializing in many areas of law, including bankruptcy, business, civil, employment, family, and probate Depending on the type of case, there may be a $40 referral fee; this fee covers a thirty-minute consultation with an attorney.
To use the referral service, fill out the online referral request form at www.elpasocountybar.org/find-a-lawyer or call (719) 636-1532. This service is best-suited for those who have determined they need to hire a qualified attorney for their issue. The EPCBA hosts monthly Ask-A-Lawyer and Call-A-Lawyer events for those with more general questions. Information about those programs is available on the EPCBA?website.
Metropolitan Lawyer Referral Service
Referral counselors help callers determine the best action to take in resolving their legal situation. Referrals for personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, bankruptcy, and wrongful termination/discrimination are free. A $75 referral fee is required for all other types of legal matters. Those charged a referral fee will receive a thirty-minute consultation with a member attorney. Those who qualify for a free referral will be given the name and phone number of a member attorney who has the requisite experience to help them determine whether they have a case worth pursuing.
The service is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call (303) 831-8000 (metro Denver/Boulder); (970)?226-2455 (Fort Collins); or (877) 283-8145 (toll free).
Online Pro Se Resources
The Colorado State Judicial Branch website provides an online inventory of pro se resources through its Self-Help Center. Simply select the desired area of law from the drop-down menu at the top of the page for the list of resources.
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