For the public

Lawyer Referral

Do you think you need a lawyer?

The Law Society’s Lawyer Referral service might help you find a lawyer when you need one. The service provides you with the contact information of up to three lawyers who will review what legal services might help you.  Please note however, the service has no connection with Legal Aid Alberta nor does it provide any form of financially subsidized legal service you might find through charitable organizations like Pro Bono Law Alberta.

Please note: As the regulator of Alberta lawyers, the Law Society must remain objective and does not provide referrals based on credentials or experience. Alberta lawyers have the option to sign up for the service and referrals are made based on the area(s) of law they indicate they are practising.

Have you tried Dial-A-Law?

Before contacting Lawyer Referral, we recommend you first check out Dial-A-Law. Dial-A-Law is a free service operated by Calgary Legal Guidance that provides general information on a wide variety of legal issues relating to Alberta Law.  If, after listening to that information, you still think you need a lawyer, contact Lawyer Referral for help in locating the right one for you.

How does Lawyer Referral work?

A Lawyer Referral operator will answer your call. Once you describe the nature of your problem, the operator will give you the names and telephone numbers of up to three lawyers practicing in the area of law that best suit your needs. You can then make appointments to talk to one, two, or all three of the lawyers; please be sure to mention you got their contact information from Lawyer Referral.

When you talk to each lawyer, the first half-hour of the conversation is free and is the time to discuss your legal situation and explore your options.  You should not expect the lawyer to do any free work during this time — that is not the purpose of Lawyer Referral. However, you could certainly ask what it might cost to have your legal work done and other questions to determine if the lawyer may be a good fit for you.

To Contact Lawyer Referral

Toll free from anywhere in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Lower Mainland British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut:   1-800-661-1095  

In Calgary:  403-228-1722

Are you looking for a specific lawyer?

We suggest you click on the Lawyer Directory icon at the top right hand side of this page and fill in the search tool available on that page.