Nowadays, the first place most people go to get their questions answered is online. There are seemingly infinite resources available, ready to give you advice on everything from treating illness to filing for divorce. For an industry with such a strong stereotype of costly services, it’s easy to see why many potential clients seek free or discounted information from so-called virtual lawyers. Virtual lawyers are springing up all across the web, hoping to save you money by existing in a virtual space.

Why We’re Asking:

Ten years ago, it would be hard to find someone who would trust an online lawyer as much as someone they could meet in person and shake hands with. But we have reached an age where many people trust a face online just as much as they would trust the same person in their living room. We have no problem swiping our credit cards online or doing our taxes, so why not trust our legal problems to the same digital world? To find out more about the world of virtual lawyers, we’re turning to our panel of distinguished legal professionals.

So it’s time to weigh in:

How Should Clients Evaluate Virtual Lawyers?

What are the benefits of a virtual lawyer?

Are their services different?

Are there ever hybrid varieties where you receive counsel both on and offline?

Are virtual lawyers cheaper? Do they represent a better value?

What are some considerations you should make before choosing a virtual lawyer?

How can you be sure they are trustworthy? Are there online certifications for such professionals?

We’re excited to hear back from our legal professionals. Check back later in the week to see what they have to say about virtual lawyers!

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