Avvo should be your first stop for free legal advice if your question is straightforward.
It’s the second result in Google for “free legal advice” But it should be the first. The American Bar Association honored Avvo in 2015 for innovative delivery of legal services. They offer people a 15-minute phone call with a lawyer for a fixed-fee.
But it’s not just their product that’s innovative. Their marketing is also cutting edge. Avvo uses the content marketing model. They provide searchers real value for free so that they use the brand when they’re ready to plunk down cash to solve a legal problem.
Content marketing means clear answers to simple legal problems for free. You don’t pay until/unless your problem needs one-on-one lawyer time. That also makes it a great source of leads for smart-but-unknown attorneys.
In addition, this Avvo ad campaign highlights the potential for humor in legal quandaries. And last year Avvo hosted the sixth annual Lawyernomics, a conference about the business development side of law hosted in Las Vegas.
The site is extremely well-designed. It’s intuitive to use. And while I can’t vouch for the quality of the legal advice, the answers are well-written.
Maybe your question is less straightforward, but you’re not ready to pay for a 15-minute phone call. Quora is your next stop.
Quora is what Yahoo Answers tried to be. It is a place where experts in every arena can network and display their prowess by answering people’s questions. Good answers rise to the top, bad answers languish at the bottom. It’s a great resource for many topics, including the law.
For example, maybe your “angel investor threatens to file a criminal fraud complaint if I don’t return their money. They flipped out when I told them I filed for bankruptcy. What do I do?” (This was an actual Quora question.) Well, then you may get five paragraphs from a startup attorney, totally free. (Here’s the actual Quora answer)
Of course, there’s no guarantee that lawyers will hop on your question and answer it for free. But if you’re willing to wait a few days, it’s worth asking.
Pro-tip: Share your question on social media to increase your chances of getting an answer.