Are You Involved in No Cost Litigation Advice Service?

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You graduated law school, you passed the bar, and you work for a great firm. What possible reason could you have for wanting to give people no cost litigation advice? Well, here are three.

1. “Triage.” Not every phone call is going to be a career making case. Not every phone call will even be a winning case. In fact, not every phone call will be something that requires any more than five seconds of your time. So rather than schedule an appointment, meet with a client, and find all this out, why not offer free advice to people who clearly need legal help on the phone (or in an email) if you know the answer to their question right off the top of your head? You will help to keep your schedule free for the more involved cases.

2. “PR.” Potential clients have a lot of law firms to choose from when they need to find legal advice. If theirs is a case that will actually need representation, they will be far more likely to go with a lawyer who gave them helpful free advice when they were trying to decide what to do. Whatever is good for your clients is good for your firm. And happy clients will tell their friends.

3. “Altruism.” Here it is, the appeal to your conscience. Providing no cost litigation advice to people who otherwise cannot afford to be billed for it is good for the community. People who are unable to afford legal advice are most often the people who may need it most. They may have a huge list of questions to ask lawyers but no means to pay for the answers, and until they speak to a lawyer, their rights may be in jeopardy. Serving the law is about serving what is right, and helping people in need is the right thing to do.

If you do not already participate in a no cost litigation advice service, you should. Will you make less money? Probably. Will you work a few more hours? Very likely. Will you make a difference in the lives of people who need help? Absolutely.

5 Responses to Are You Involved in No Cost Litigation Advice Service?

  1. Brett Carr says:

    All lawyer jokes aside (and I’ve told my share), I’ve been really pleased with the number of attorneys I’ve met who do offer free advice, even if they don’t go through a community legal service.

  2. Victor Soto says:

    All lawyer jokes aside (and I’ve told my share), I’ve been really pleased with the number of attorneys I’ve met who do offer free advice, even if they don’t go through a community legal service.

  3. All lawyer jokes aside (and I’ve told my share), I’ve been really pleased with the number of attorneys I’ve met who do offer free advice, even if they don’t go through a community legal service.

  4. Milton Mathews says:

    All lawyer jokes aside (and I’ve told my share), I’ve been really pleased with the number of attorneys I’ve met who do offer free advice, even if they don’t go through a community legal service.

  5. Eddie Simpson says:

    All lawyer jokes aside (and I’ve told my share), I’ve been really pleased with the number of attorneys I’ve met who do offer free advice, even if they don’t go through a community legal service.

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