Law 101

Finding Attorneys and Others

Locating a lawyer who is willing to handle your case can be challenging. There are a number of avenues you can pursue to locate the right attorney. Personal referrals can be a great starting point for finding an attorney. There are also numerous print and online directories that allow you to search for attorneys by practice area, location, and name. Fee-based referral services can be helpful, because they can tailor their referrals to your specific needs. There are also numerous organizations in the Sacramento area that provide hands-on assistance with a variety of legal matters.  Be sure to visit the Law 101 page on your topic, where you will find referrals to other organizations that specialize in those types of cases.

Throughout the course of a lawsuit, you will likely need to locate businesses, individuals, and experts. This page provides information and links for conducting those types of research.

Community Resources

Need a Lawyer Find an Attorney
Sacramento County Bar Association Find a Lawyer Referral Service
Low-Income Assistance
Voluntary Legal Services Program (VLSP) Community Legal Services Clinic (McGeorge) Legal Services of Northern California

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

Common Questions

The Law Librarians write articles on a variety of common legal issues.

Websites for Finding Attorneys

These websites provide access to attorney directories.

Martindale.com
http://www.martindale.com
This website allows users to search profiles of more than one million legal professionals worldwide. Searches can be limited to specific geographic areas, or to specific types of law.

Statelawyers.com
http://california.statelawyers.com/
This website allows users to search for attorneys nationwide. Searches can be limited to certain cities, counties, or areas of practice.

Nolo’s Lawyer Directory
http://www.nolo.com/lawyers
The publishers of Nolo’s Lawyer Directory verify that all listed attorneys are in good standing with their state’s bar, and that they have not recently been disciplined. All attorneys provide detailed information about their educational history, legal specialties, fees, and personal philosophy.

Websites for Finding People and Businesses

These websites provide good starting points for locating people and businesses.

Search Systems
http://www.searchsystems.net/index.php
Provides links to public records databases that may help locate businesses and people.

BRB Publications, Inc.
http://www.brbpub.com/
A publisher of sourcebooks used for locating public records, this site includes a Free Resource Center.