November 14, 2019 Articles

“Oh, You’re a Lawyer! Can I Ask You Something?”

There are tools on the rise in many states that can help your friends and relatives diagnose their legal issues—so that you don’t have to.

By Rachel Harris

Now that you’re an attorney, you’ve probably experienced the legal equivalent of the doctor being asked to examine a mole at a cocktail party. But all hope is not lost. There are tools on the rise in many states that can help your extended family, friends from high school, and neighbors diagnose their legal issues—so that you don’t have to.

Legal Assistance “Portals”

Many laypeople know that there are doctors who specialize in specific areas of medicine. However, they are often not prepared to hear that lawyers specialize in certain practice areas and also that the laws and rules of practice vary based on jurisdiction. It can be hard to break that news not only that you are not the right person to ask but also, depending on the circumstances, that you might not know who the right person to ask is. That’s where “legal assistance portals” come in. 

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