Lawyers who are practicing with the help of web-based discussion boards are becoming more popular. There are a lot of reasons why these forums are taking off and here are just a few of them. Think of these lists in three categories. The good market: attorneys can find many reasons to use these online services. There are no restrictions on the number of postings and that’s one of the reasons why there are more people with real life experience in front of the computer than in the real world.
The friendly market: attorneys are also benefiting from the friendliness of this type of forum. With the anonymity of web content, attorneys can start a discussion of a variety of topics and still feel safe. They can express their views freely without worrying about offending someone.
The valuable discussion: though these are topics that are open to anyone, attorneys are encouraged to be a part of these discussions. A basic law review is not only relevant to practicing lawyers, but to those who are preparing for the bar exam. Many state bar associations, including Florida’s, take the opportunity to publicize their plans for exams.
They include topics such as what are considered legitimate practice. Where is an attorney expected to take clients for a first consultation? An attorney may be required to try a first case.
What are the requirements for practicing law before licensing? How do attorneys locate a place to practice after licensing? These are all topics that lawyers can spend some time on with these online forums.
Web-based forums include one such venue. Many are used to share information about various trial issues. There are as many expert attorneys to talk with as there are patients who need referrals. Because it’s web-based exchange, attorneys may find themselves answering questions that can be answered more readily online.
While not all web-based lawyers forums are hosted by the bar association or the state, they are a definite improvement over mailing lists. Law firms are also using the web-based providers to advertise their newly-commissioned attorneys. They are clearly aware of the potential for clients and retain clients.
One of the advantages is that since there is no cost to joining a new site, there is no cost to referrals. When speaking with an attorney on a web-based discussion board, you will find he/she will respond and in most cases be responsive. The success rate is better for this practice than getting a letter in the mail with nothing in it.
When a good forum with quality information comes along, it is always a good idea to seek it out. The results can be a great benefit to your practice.
It is especially helpful if you are advertising with the firm to get a response. Of course, the lawyers are bound to have some positive responses to their initial postings and you will be able to talk to them about how your practice fits their needs.