What Is The Validity Of Posts Requesting Legal Advice In This And Related Forums???
Q: I have been looking over the multitude of posts in this and related (moderated) forums. Repeatedly, I keep wondering, why would anyone ask for legal advice from a source where they know nothing of the individual replying, don't know their qualifications, don't even know if the person is an attorney who has been disbarred for some reason.In many cases, I see individuals posting what really consitutes real legal advice and at the bottom they come right out and say, "Not An Attorney". Now tell me, why on God's Green Earth would anyone solicit advice in this way, worse, why would they follow such advice?If the end result is a desire or need for free legal advice, why not obtain it from a legitimate bar certified, Martindale-Hubbel rated attorney? There ARE a handful of services out there (beside that listed below in signature) that provide such access for a very nominal fee. If you are looking for sound and free legal advice, do your due diligence, investigate the services in place and choose the best one.
A: 1. The answers here are free. 2. Some of the people providing the answers are expert attorneys in their field. 3. A person can read through the posts and find out a lot about the expertise of attorneys who regularly answer. Anyone who wants to know more about the attorney answering can ask. They (not you) can e-mail me and I'll provide my website, which has a resume. They can investigate, they can call and interview me. 4. A person can get some ideas about what the issues are, what kind of attorney is needed, what questions to ask an attorney, without relying specifically on the advice. 5. It's not true that you can call attorneys out of Martindale hubble and get free answers. Fees to prepaid legal services are not nominal, mainly because the fees get paid month after month after month. That adds up to non-nominal. Over time, it would add up to tons more than a person would pay to an attorney if a legal matter arises. Asking questions and getting some ideas about where you stand is better than paying a monthy fee to a prepaid legal services company for services that will probably not be needed. The fees to prepaid legal services include the cost of commissions for phonies who pretend to care about the quality of answers people get in this newsgroup. Actually, they care about their commissions, and don't understand why people don't flock to sign up. When people don't sign up at a satisfactory rate, the commission salespeople criticize the intelligence of the customer base. Attorney's don't pay commissions to shills. Attorneys who answer questions here, free, actually do care.