The New York State Bar Association has, in partnership with Legal.io, launched an online Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) portal for New York residents in need of lawyers. The new service comes as a huge relief to New York residents because it aims at offering convenience as well as an easier way of acquiring legal help. The system is expected to build confidence among users because they will link with attorneys whose credentials are in line with the New York State Bar Association.
In brief, the new online service is expected to operate as follows:
- The client will visit the portal through (https://nysbalris.legal.io) where they will fill out a questionnaire explaining the nature of their legal issue and location.
- After the questionnaire is reviewed, a State Bar staff will match the client with an attorney within the same location.
- Once the client has met with the attorney who they had been referred to, there is a $30 consultation fee for the first 30 minutes except for matters of social security, medical malpractice, and personal injury. The fee does not also apply to issues of veterans and military law, and unemployment or worker’s compensation.
- The client may choose to retain the attorney; therefore, incur additional charges to be agreed by both parties.
In 2016, the New York State Bar Association’s trained workers were able to handle over 10, 000 phone calls from the public. The addition of the online system will drastically increase the number of clients. Therefore, it will enable attorneys to reach more individuals in need of legal advice. The New York State Bar Association is the largest state bar association in the United States, and it has been matching clients and attorneys for 35 years.
Jeremy L. Goldstein
Jeremy L. Goldstein is a partner at Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC, a law firm in New York. Before establishing his firm, Jeremy Goldstein was a partner at the company Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Jeremy Goldstein has been a part of numerous corporate transactions in the past not to mention the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies.
Jeremy Goldstein has also overseen the acquisition of Duke Energy/Progress Energy; Sanofi-Aventis/Genzyme and Merck/Schering-Plough Corporation among many others. Jeremy Goldstein is presently the chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association Business Section. He is also listed as prominent executive compensation lawyer in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500.
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