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Old 09-16-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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How would you find one?

I don't think this post violates the TOS, but if so I won't be offended if it gets deleted. Since we don't have a MARKETING forum I thought this might be the next best thing.

Full disclosure: I work at a law firm.

I have been trying to tell the partners that where we spend some of our marketing dollars online may not really be the best way to help people find us.
So I thought I'd ask my fellow posters here and do a bit of market research. To hopefully confirm my ideas, or maybe even shoot them down.

I don't want to mention any websites in particular or any other method finding an attorney. I don't want to bias any results (or be accused of advertising for any site).

So I ask you: if you needed an attorney for any reason, how would you go about finding one???

Thanks for an insight. And again, if inappropriate for C-D, please delete. I'm in no way advertising and will not mention the place that I work. This is NOT my reason for posting as I hope I've explained.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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What type of cases does your firm handle???

For a general law firm....I would look in the phone book......and on line.

Personal injury firms do a lot of business with the TV ads. (in Michigan)
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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So I ask you: if you needed an attorney for any reason, how would you go about finding one???
Get recommendations from friends.
I would never randomly pick one out of a phone book; I would never call those clowns on TV!
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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I know severaL. If they do not handle such case then they will recommend. those o Tv normally see like of a court room and some just take case for other law firms that handle case.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Good stuff.

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What type of cases does your firm handle???
Everything from Criminal to Family Law, Probate to Class Actions to Multi District Litigation to representing several Fortune 500 companies in many different things, Real Estate, M&A, companies buying each other, a little IP... we really do a lot...
(We are NOT the Ambulance chaser type of firm... AS SEEN ON TV)...

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For a general law firm....I would look in the phone book......and on line.
Specifically WHERE online? That's what I'm looking for. Just a blanket Google\Bing\Yahoo search? or something more specific like a Lawyer Finder type of site.

Phone book, eh? Hmmm. That's one I don't expect a lot of folks to say.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We found our attorney through a recommendation from our financial advisor 18 years ago, and have been happy with him ever since.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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Good stuff.



Everything from Criminal to Family Law, Probate to Class Actions to Multi District Litigation to representing several Fortune 500 companies in many different things, Real Estate, M&A, companies buying each other, a little IP... we really do a lot...
(We are NOT the Ambulance chaser type of firm... AS SEEN ON TV)...



Specifically WHERE online? That's what I'm looking for. Just a blanket Google\Bing\Yahoo search? or something more specific like a Lawyer Finder type of site.

Phone book, eh? Hmmm. That's one I don't expect a lot of folks to say.
On line I would look by cities.

If I had a case in your county/city I would look in your city.

It would be more expensive to hire a firm in a different county.....if it could be avoided.

Travel time is expensive.

Of course I would check the firm out.........and ask a lot of questions.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The first thing I would now AVOID is a referral by the local bar. (And the other local bar as well! ) I did that once, got overcharged, had unreasonable delays, and the paralegal that did the actual work ended up clouding a title, forcing me to work to correct it. Never again.

Whenever I do any large purchase (and renting a lawyer qualifies as a purchase), I check out reviews and look specifically for negative reviews and patterns within them.
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