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Locating the Right Attorney

Published January 1, 2010  Submitted by:  Tysha

Locating a good lawyer who can efficiently help with your particular problem may not be as simple as looking in the phone book. More information is needed than these types of sources give to help you make a valid judgement. and their book, Encyclopedia of Everyday Law give some helpful hints.   

Personal Referrals


Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers

This online directory at the Missouri Bar can verify whether a lawyer is in good standing. Every lawyer in Missouri who is in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri is included in this directory. One item to note is that this directory lists active and inactive lawyers. Inactive lawyers are in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri but are not eligible to practice law in Missouri.

Martindale Hubbell Law Directory

This annually published directory is the oldest and best known of those available today. It includes lawyers practicing in the United States as well as 159 other countries. Despite its enormous size, however, not all practicing attorneys are listed. In order for an attorney or firm to be included in this directory, they must send the appropriate information to the publisher. But if they are listed, they are rated according to their degree of legal skill and whether they follow the highest ethical standards. The ratings are based on confidential written evaluations by practitioners and judges in the position to know the given lawyer. 


Martindale also provides an online directory that is the most frequently used lawyer directory on the Internet. 

This site also belongs to Martindale Hubbell, but it differs from the preceding web site because it targets individuals and small business people. This site allows searches to be narrowed to those attorneys practicing a particular specialty in a given locality. It also has links to help you determine whether you need a lawyer, how attorneys bill their clients and how much they charge as well as a list of questions to ask an attorney before you decide to retain them.




State Bar Associations Lawyer Referral Services


There are three different lawyer referral services in the state of Missouri.  






Other Sources


Here are a few other sources you can turn to for possible candidates in your search for a lawyer.



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