Legal advice is something that everyone will need to access at some point in their life. Accessing a legitimate and valuable version of legal advice can be a tricky endeavor. The objective of this guide is to point individuals in the right direction for finding the type of legal advice they are looking for. We will take a look at various aspects of obtaining legal advice, and whether or not it has to be paid advice from a full fledged attorney. Some situations will always require genuine legal advice delivered by a licensed attorney who specializes in specific areas of the law. Other situations may not require this level of intensity, and you may find that legal-ish advice found online or through intelligent individuals with experience in a specific situation is adequate to at least help you determine your needs.
We will discuss some vetting tips you should consider when seeking legal advice to ensure you are not wasting time on an unreliable source or one that is far more extravagant than your situation calls for. You will find a section on free legal advice, as well as a page about online legal advice and the options you may find through that avenue.
How To Vet Legal Resources To Determine Their Legitimacy
A lot of people like to do their own research and ask their own questions in an effort to gather information about specific legal stations or needs. The source most people go to first is the Internet. It is really important that you know that the majority of information floating around on the web is not vetted material submitted by professionals. You must exercise due diligence when gathering information from the Internet. Do not get your information from blogs unless the blog happens to be associated with a respected law firm, law school, or government agency such as legal aid. People can post anything they want on the Internet, there are no web police that are tracking the accuracy or authenticity of website content. Legitimate legal articles will cite their sources, and websites containing genuine legal information will be transparent about who they are so that you know whether or not to trust them as a source. Attorneys that have a website should always list their licensing and certification information clearly for your review. Anyone who hides their credentials is someone to be leery of. Checking the reputation of a business, individual lawyer or practice, law degree program or the like is a very wise move that should be done prior to accepting any type of legal advise from them.
As far as casual legal advice goes, personal experiences shared by friends and family can be invaluable for a variety of reasons. It can direct you to the best path for involving legal professionals if necessary, and it can also allow you to make informed decisions and not be ‘sold’ on services you may not require. There are also legal forums online that allow discussion by a community of users regarding legal information. Just always keep in mind that the information on these types of destinations is typically provided by individuals who are not lawyers (though some of them may come across as having a lot of legal knowledge). Some of the participants in forums are even unscrupulous and may purposely mislead you in a specific area. Always take information found on forums and chat rooms at face value and verify any information that you are really interested in applying to your situation.
Free Legal Advice
We have a page of this guide devoted to free legal advice. Many attorneys offer free consultations as an effective way to obtain real clients who have a legitimate case that they need legal representation on, or to weed out cases they are not interested in. This advice can be very valuable if the attorney providing it has your best interests in mind. However, they do not usually give away extremely valuable information during these consultations as their goal is to obtain you as a client. There are other types of free legal advice available. You can learn more on our page covering free legal advice.
Online Legal Advice
While you must always carefully evaluate any information you glean from the world wide web, it can also be a tremendously helpful resource for finding legal advice, at least enough advice to determine if your situation requires the services of an attorney. There are resources online that provide a legitimate environment for seeking answers to legally fueled questions. Again, keep in mind that the input you receive is not always provided from someone who is extensively trained in an area of the law. Get more information from our page about online legal advice.