Room 23
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-1001
Fax: 570-822-8210
Telephone: 570-822-6712
E-mail: law.library@luzernecounty.org

Lawyer Referral Service | Fee Dispute Committee | Disciplinary Board
Judicial Conduct Board
The W-BLLA provides several services to the local community, among these are the following:

 LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE

Initiated in 1958 by the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, the Lawyer Referral Service of Luzerne County has helped hundreds of people over the years.

How Does it work? Anyone who needs an attorney but who does not know the name of one can call the Lawyer Referral Service at 570.822.6029.

An automated operator will ask where you live and the nature of your problem. If an attorney is listed in your geographical area who handles your type of legal problem, the LRS will mail to you the name, address, and telephone number of that lawyer. If more than one lawyer is listed, the operator will provide you with several names. It is up to you to contact the attorney’s office and to schedule an appointment with that lawyer. You should indicate that you received the attorney’s name from the Lawyer Referral Service.

The first one half hour of a consultation with a lawyer listed with the Lawyer Referral Service is currently ten dollars ($10.00). This amount is payable directly to the attorney. There is no charge for the referral by the Lawyer Referral Service.

If your problem involves hiring an attorney beyond the initial consultation period, the rates and terms of that attorney’s services are to be determined by that particular attorney. If further legal services are necessary, fees for the attorney’s services will be arranged directly between you and the lawyer. The Lawyer Referral Service does not play any additional role in the extended service that a lawyer may agree to provide. Moreover, a referral by the Lawyer Referral Service is not a guarantee that the attorney will accept your case following the initial consultation with that attorney.

The Lawyer Referral Service is a not-for-profit public service operated by the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association in Luzerne County. Any person wishing to contact the Lawyer Referral Service should call 570.822.6029.

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FEE DISPUTE COMMITTEE

The Fee Dispute Committee is a voluntary mediation panel that hears disputes between clients and lawyer members of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association regarding allegations that the lawyer over charged the client for work performed by the lawyer for that client. After a review of the matter, and an opportunity for the parties to be heard, the Committee makes a non-binding recommendation to the parties in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

If you have a fee dispute complaint, you should write to the following:

FEE DISPUTE COMMITTEE
c/o Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
Room 23, Luzerne County Courthouse
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Your letter should set forth the details of the fee dispute, the amount of money that you were billed, and the reason that you believe the amount to be excessive. Your letter should contain both an address and telephone number. All complaints are deemed to be confidential by the Bar Association.

For further information on the Fee Dispute process, please call 570.822.6712.

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THE DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF THE
SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the legal body that governs the conduct of lawyers admitted to practice law in the state of
Pennsylvania .
Complaints about a lawyers conduct are reviewed and investigated by the Board. Forms for filing a complaint and a brochure explaining the Board and the Board’s procedure are available at the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, Room 23, Second Floor, Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18711. To request a form from the Association please call 570.822.6712.

All requests are deemed confidential.

Please note that only the Disciplinary Board has jurisdiction to investigate complaints regarding alleged attorney misconduct. The local Bar Association can only supply the form that needs to be filed directly with the Board.

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania can be contacted directly at the following address and telephone number:

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

District Three Office

100 Pine Street Suite 400
Harrisburg, Pa 17101
Telephone: (717) 772-8572
Fax: (717) 772-7463

Or

By going to www.padisciplinaryboard.org .

 

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JUDICIAL CONDUCT BOARD

The Judicial Conduct Board is the legal authority in Pennsylvania that receives and investigates complaints regarding alleged misconduct by a judge.

The Board is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and may be contacted at the following address and telephone number:

Judicial Conduct Board
601 Commonwealth Ave, Suite 3500

P.O. Box 62525
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0901
(717) 234-7911

Email: ContactUs@jcbpa.org

 

A complaint form and a brochure can be directly downloaded from the Board at www.judicialconductboardofpa.org .

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MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

If you are in the Armed Services or are in the National Guard or Reserves and are called to active duty, the Military Affairs Committee may be a source of assistance in finding legal advice to matters related to your status, including such things as questions with your job, apartment lease, mortgage, auto loan, will, insurance and the like.

Please contact the Committee at the following:
Military Affairs Committee
c/o Bar Secretary
Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
Luzerne County Courthouse, Room 23
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18621
Or
E-Mail: Law.Library@luzernecounty.org
Or
(570) 822-6712





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