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From the Editor...
Lynn loves having the opportunity to speak with many
different people from many different backgrounds.
She remarks that it is rewarding to be able to help
someone in need who doesn't know what their next
step should be.

The Lawyer Referral
and Information
Service is Big Business
Q. What local group of
attorneys has over 100
members and sees over
1,000 new clients each year?

Trina Becker is the more senior member of the team,
having served the LRIS for more than 17 years. She
acknowledges the challenges inherent in such a
fast paced and stressful environment, but states
it is very satisfying dealing with the clients and
meeting their needs.

A. The Bucks County
Lawyer Referral and
Information Service
The Bucks County Bar Association offers a tremendous
benefit to its member attorneys and the community
alike through its Lawyer Referral and Information Service
(LRIS). Each year, interested Attorneys sign up for one to
three (of seven) various "law panels" and related subcategories, indicating their areas of practice. The two most
popular panels are Civil Litigation and Family Law, with
a total of 548 client referrals in 2016. Potential clients
call the LRIS to schedule a half-hour appointment with

It is highly satisfying when a
client appears in my office with a
bona fide legal need in my area of
practice.
In my experience, when the telephone rings, and Lynn or
Trina's pleasant voice is on the other end, I know that a
referral has been properly screened and an appointment
is ready to be scheduled. It is highly satisfying when a
client appears in my office with a bona fide legal need
in my area of practice. The other day, it was young lady
who was recently terminated from her employment but
was denied Unemployment Compensation benefits. I
was retained to file an Appeal and represent her at a
Referee's Hearing. It is equally gratifying when a client
appears with some questions, or a document or letter
to review, and in a half-hour's consultation, I am able
to address the legal issues presented and the client
leaves satisfied.

The phones ring continually with
potential clients. Intake is rarely
straightforward as it can take a
number of questions - and an awful
lot of patience - to ascertain the
correct practice area.
a qualified attorney in their geographic area. The client
pays the LRIS $40.00, of which the attorney receives
$25.00. The business model is quite simple. The reality
of playing matchmaker between client and attorney over
1,000 times a year not so much!

The LRIS does a terrific job tracking all of its referrals and
fees. Attorneys pay a referral fee equal to ten percent
of all fees received, so the LRIS generates significant
revenues for the Bar Association. Trina mentions that a
recently acquired software program is more user friendly,
allowing greater access to statistics and enabling the
creation of custom reports. Finally, the LRIS is looking
to implement a new program specifically geared to
Veterans. Stay tuned! 

The LRIS would not function very well without the right
individuals to run it. Lynn Abbonizio is the Administrator
and chief matchmaker and has served in this capacity
for more than two years. The phones ring continually
with potential clients. Intake is rarely straightforward
as it can take a number of questions - and an awful
lot of patience - to ascertain the correct practice area.
Then begins the fun of tracking down the appropriate
attorney and coordinating their respective schedules.

-Scott L. Feldman

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