I am having some legal issues. Can you answer a few questions for me?
We do not have attorneys on staff and are therefore unauthorized to provide any legal advice or guidance. To make sure your questions are answered accurately, please contact an attorney.
I need to speak to an attorney, but I don’t know where to find one. Can you refer me to one?
We currently do not have a lawyer referral service and are unable to refer you to a lawyer. If you are looking for an attorney who is licensed to practice in Kansas, please call the Kansas Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-928-3111 or visit the Kansas Bar website for more information. If you are looking for an attorney in Missouri, please call the Missouri Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at (573) 636-3635* or visit the Missouri Bar website. While the Missouri Bar is located in Jefferson City, its staff will be able to help you find a lawyer in the greater Kansas City area for a fee of $25.00.
If you are unable to reach these services, we recommend you consult a phone book or perform an internet search for an attorney using a search engine such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing.
*Unfortunately, there is currently no toll-free number for this service.
If you are not attorneys, what does your organization do?
The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association is a professional organization for attorneys in the Kansas City area. In order to help local attorneys improve their practice and strengthen their presence in the legal community, we offer monthly networking events, continuing education programs, and a variety of other benefits. Our staff, which is made up of non-attorneys, is charged with the planning and execution of these programs. Though local attorneys frequently participate in our programs, they are not employees of our organization and do not work in our offices.
I need an attorney, but I cannot afford to hire one. Do you know any lawyers who might be willing to take my case pro bono?
Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides essential legal services to low-income individuals who are unable to afford attorneys’ fees. Legal Aid can be reached by phone at 816-474-6750. Please be aware that Legal Aid has limited resources and may not be able to accept your case based on circumstances and/or availability of attorneys.
If you have already contacted Legal Aid, and they are unable to assist you, please contact the Kansas Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-928-3111 or the Missouri Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at (573) 636-3635, and inform them of your financial situation. Some attorneys are willing to accept cases on a contingency basis and may agree to waive hourly fees in some circumstances.
I have the name of an attorney, but I cannot find his/her contact information. Can you give me his/her phone number?
If you already have the name of a particular attorney practicing in the Kansas City area, we are happy to give you his or her office phone number, provided that he or she is in our attorney database. If we do not have record of the attorney, we recommend that you call the Kansas Bar at (785) 234-5696 or the Missouri Bar at (573) 635-4128, depending on the state in which the attorney practices.
How do I file a complaint against an attorney?
If you have a complaint regarding an attorney’s ethical conduct, please contact the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel at (573) 635-7400 in Missouri, or the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator at (785) 296-2586 in Kansas.
If you wish to dispute a fee that your attorney has charged you, you may file your complaint with KCMBA’s Committee on Fee Dispute Resolution by completing this form. Completed forms may be returned to KCMBA in person or via mail at 2300 Main St., Ste. 100 or by fax to 816-474-0103. For details about this process, please click here or contact Kim Elrod or Ashley Williamson at 816-474-4322.
How can I find out if an attorney has a legitimate practice and/or is in good standing with the Bar?
In Missouri, the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel maintains records of disciplinary information of attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Missouri. To inquire about an attorney, please contact the OCDC at (573) 635-7400.
In Kansas, contact the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator at (785) 296-2586.
For additional questions, please call KCMBA at 816-474-4322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org