The Florida Bar

Lawyers Advising Lawyers (Formerly SCOPE)

Provides access to attorneys experienced in various areas of substantive and procedural law who have volunteered their time to briefly consult with other attorneys unfamiliar with a particular area.

Lawyers Advising Lawyers (LAL) is a program of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, and is available free of charge to members of The Florida Bar. Download the Lawyers Advising Lawyers Application.

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Why Lawyers Advising Lawyers
How LAL Works
LAL Limitations

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Why Lawyers Advising Lawyers
If you confront a problem that is unusual or is in an area of law unfamiliar to you, LAL provides quick access by telephone to an attorney who has experience with and knowledge of your particular problem or area. The program consists of a panel of volunteer attorneys with at least five years experience in various areas of law. The panel attorneys agree to make themselves available by telephone on a rotational basis, without charge, for a consultation with the inquiring attorney.

LAL is designed to supplement, rather than substitute for the exercise of independent judgment by an attorney seeking the assistance of LAL. A brief consultation with a LAL panel attorney should assist the inquiring attorney in determining professional capability to undertake the matter, and in deciding the best approach for resolving the legal problems involved. Through this process, both the Bar and the public are better served.

More than 60 areas of substantive and procedural law are available to LAL users. General categories available through LAL are: Administrative/Government Law; Business; Civil Practice & Procedure; The Judiciary; Local Rules; Professionalism; Property; Specialty Areas; Torts; and Wills & Trusts.
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How LAL Works
1. The prospective LAL user first identifies a legal problem or issue and determines which of the LAL categories would encompass such a problem or issue.

2. The inquiring attorney may use the link at the top of this page, e-mail or call (800)342-8060, ext. 5807, or in Tallahassee (850) 561-5807 and provide member number, county and indicate the category or areas of law in which assistance is sought.

3. By using the link above the requesting attorney will receive an automatic email reply that includes the name(s) and contact information of whom was referred. Requests via email or telephone-LAL facilitator provides the name and telephone number of one of the volunteer LAL panel attorneys who has indicated experience in the requested category or area.

4. The LAL user then telephones or emails the LAL panel attorney. Prior to discussing the specifics of any problem, the LAL user identifies all known adverse or probable adverse parties and counsel. If no potential conflicts appear, the inquiring attorney describes the issue concisely.

5. After a brief discussion with the LAL panel attorney, the inquiring attorney should exercise his or her own independent judgment to resolve the legal issue or problem.

6. Any Florida Bar member may call LAL whenever an unfamiliar legal issue or problem arises which requires the assistance of an experienced attorney.
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LAL Limitations
LAL panel members serve on a volunteer basis; an inquiring attorney should refrain from involving a LAL panel member in a prolonged discussion.

The Florida Bar and the Young Lawyers Division make no representations as to the knowledge or experience of any LAL panel attorney. The Florida Bar, the Young Lawyers Division and the LAL panel attorneys disclaim any liability or responsibility regarding any inquiry made pursuant to the LAL program.

The LAL program does not contemplate and is not intended to create a formal association between the inquiring attorney and the panel attorney, or any attorney-client relationship between the panel member and the ultimate client. The inquiring attorney must ultimately exercise his or her own independent judgment on behalf of the client.
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[Revised: 08-24-2016]