What are the Best Websites for Free Legal Advice?
- Where do you go when you are looking for Free Legal Advice? Free Legal Advice is inherently limited. It’s limited because good advice from an experienced practitioner is not free. However, most lawyers give a free consultation. Websites can give brief answers. Context of a case is always important though. Examples of websites include Avvo and Justia. You will find brief answers to legal questions there. These answers are free. Lawyers will reply to questions you pose. These replies lack context. Lawyers will need to read the facts of a case. They will need to read the arrest affidavit. Also, these lawyers will actually need to speak to you.
- Getting a Free Consultation from a Lawyer. Choose a free consultation with an actual lawyer over a website. Again, most lawyers will talk to you initially for free. During this conversation you can ask questions. The lawyers will read through some of the facts of the case. This will be more valuable than relying on a website with a legal answer. That’s because they can analyze the specifics of a case.
- Don’t rely solely on a Website. Free Legal answers online provide a starting point. They provide a basic and general idea about a legal issue. However, criminal cases involve the loss of a person’s liberty. Civil cases involve the loss of a person’s finances or health. Because there is so much on the line, simply listening to an answer online cannot be the end of your search. You must dig deeper and talk to live lawyers. People have lost years of their life and countless thousands of dollars by relying on online answers. Again, the free legal advice online should only be the start of your inquiry.
How to Begin your Online Inquiry
- How to begin your online inquiry. Before calling a lawyer, many want to at least get a general idea about what they are looking at. Therefore, they want to start their search online. When starting this search it’s important to look for answers that are backed up by law. For example, without a legal citation or a case number, the answers are inherently less reliable. Make sure that the answer has a proper foundation based in the law itself. If you are asking a DUI question, statutes and case citations should be listed.
- Reputable Citations. Many free website answers offer incorrect statements of law. Make sure that the answers come from actual lawyers. These lawyers should practice in the correct area of law and in the correct jurisdiction. For example, why would an Ohio lawyer be answering questions about criminal law in Florida? Be aware that many of these free answers on sites such as Avvo come from lawyers in other states. These lawyers are attempting to increase their views and exposure. This does not always result in the best legal advice. Laws from state to state vary wildly.
- Asking for Money. Many websites lead you to call someone for a charged case consultation. For example, many lawyers sites will include generic information that doesn’t answer the real question. Just enough is given for you to call them. Once the call is placed, the lawyer now asks for you to pay money for this legal advice. Lawyers should be compensated for their time. However, most reputable lawyers will at least provide you with a brief free consultation. The advice given should not be a ploy for you to pay for the real answer.
Trust the Quality Back Links
- What is a back link? It’s a website that supports the content of the information provided. For example, website A states that there is a law that says Burglary is a crime. Website A describes the elements of Burglary. It also gives examples of what a Burglary is. This website will likely have a link aimed at another reputable website. An example of a reputable website would be the official Florida Statutes on Burglary. Website A now has become a back link to the Official Florida Statutes.
- Trusting a website. The Official Florida Statutes on Burglary is at the pinnacle of Trust because most Burglary articles will have a link aimed directly back to them. The truly good free opinions on the internet will have two things. First, outgoing links to quality reputable websites. Second, incoming links from quality reputable websites. Websites that don’t offer outgoing links to the law are difficult to trust.
- Clicking Outgoing Links. Quality opinions have content matching other quality content. Click on the outgoing links. This ensures that the answer is supported by the actual law.
Putting it all Together
- The process looks like this. First, verify that the answer actually answers the question. Second, verify that their outgoing links support the answer. Third, verify that the site has quality incoming links. Fourth, call the lawyer for your free consultation.
- For example, you find an article on Burglary. You have questions about the law on Burglary. Therefore, you verify that the Burglary Statute is addressed and mentioned in the article. You verify that the law in the article matches the Burglary statute. You check the quality of the outgoing and incoming links. Then, you call the law firm. Again, most reputable law firms will give you a free consultation.
In Summary, make sure the website answers your questions with quality links to the law. Also, make sure that the person on the other end is willing to give you a Free Consultation for your questions.
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