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Lawyer Referral Services – Do Their Recommendations Mean Anything?

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. on May 23, 2011

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Lawyer referral services, particularly legal referral websites, have become increasingly popular as a way for people to find a lawyer. But when an attorney is recommended to you by an online directory, does the recommendation really mean anything?

In most cases, the unfortunate answer is no. Online lawyer directories and lawyer referral websites are usually for-profit enterprises that make their money selling advertising to lawyers. The reason they send you to a particular lawyer is usually because that lawyer  paid them a fee to get their referrals. Thus, the recommendation from the referral service means about as much as saying the telephone book recommended a lawyer because he had an ad in the yellow pages.

When choosing a lawyer, don’t rely solely on a yellow pages ad or the recommendations of some website the lawyer has paid to be listed in. Invest some time and effort into learning about the attorney before deciding who to hire to handle your case. The choice of lawyer is important, and could make the difference between whether you win or lose your case.

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Alabama State Bar rules require the following disclaimer in all attorney advertisements: “No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of services provided by other attorneys.”

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