Consumer Reports Says Legal Do-It-Yourself Sites Are “No Match for a Pro”
With do-it-yourself lawyering, as with many things, you get what you pay for. Yes, legal websites that allow you to create your own will and other legal documents charge you less than what you would pay to hire an attorney. But, as Consumer Reports magazine discusses in its August issue, many consumers are better off consulting a lawyer.
Where do consumers start when a legal need is more complex than one might have thought, or there is a desire to preserve one's rights and prevent disputes? LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® extensively studies behavior around how consumers approach legal issues and what we've found is there's a lot of uncertainty about taking the right steps to find a lawyer. Far outside their personal comfort zone, many don't know where to turn to first. People don't generally think about legal issues very often ... that is, until a situation develops where they must find legal answers fast.
We conclude that what most people want is an independent, trusted source, with reliable and accurate information, that makes finding a lawyer less confusing. No one should feel intimidated by the law, or paralyzed by the fear of taking the wrong step. With those ideals in mind, we have designed Lawyers.com to stand ready to help. With a simple search, consumers can get answers to pressing questions fast and get connected to qualified legal help.
We've tried to make getting started easy for consumers. Lawyers.comSM covers a wide range of legal topics for nearly any legal issue one might be facing. Visitors can:
Remember, knowledge is power, and the more consumers have, the better selection they can make-and potentially the better prospects they are for you. We welcome your feedback about Lawyers.com at any time; tell us how we can make it better for you and your potential clients.
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