"Divorce, custody, alimony – all of these require legal counsel, yet often women have no idea where to find it because they lack the networks through which to seek a referral. One solution is LegalMatch.com, an Internet attorney-client matchmaker."
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"After all, divorces, prenuptial agreements and annulments historically spike around Valentine's Day — 36%, 28% and 21% respectively in 2005, according to LegalMatch.com — so why not archly acknowledge the holiday's less-romantic side with a T-shirt that proclaims 'Cupid can't aim'?"
"When relationships go south, thousands of people go to LegalMatch.com, an Internet legal-matching service. The San-Francisco-based company said the number of people looking for attorneys to help with divorces and annulments shoots up around Valentine's Day."
"There's a huge increase in divorces around Valentine's Day,' said Ken LaMance, corporate counsel for LegalMatch, an attorney-client matching service."
"LegalMatch has seen the number of divorce filings around Valentine's Day increase every year since 2003. In 2010, the number of filings before Valentine's Day jumped 12%. In 2009 that number was 18%."
"Ken LaMance of the online lawyer referral service LegalMatch.com calls this the 'Valentine Effect,' prompting an abnormal rise in divorce cases around Feb. 14."
"LegalMatch has noticed a surge in calls to lawyers after other holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas (both for domestic abuse cases) and July 4 (drunk driving arrests.)"
"LegalMatch, a San Francisco-based Internet company that matches clients to attorneys, has coined the term the "Valentine's Effect" in order to describe the surge in requests for divorce attorneys that are made about two weeks prior to Valentine's Day each year."
"According to LegalMatch, recording a video is legal but it is illegal in Pennsylvania to record someone’s voice without their knowledge and permission."
"If you know a woman who may be battered, tell her about LegalMatch, a free online resource that helps connect women [and men] with links to legal resources and information, as well as access to a network of thousands of attorneys."
"The legal advice Web site LegalMatch.com provides these guidelines as a way to approximate whether you are approaching the DUI impairment threshold…"
"As the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression continues, LegalMatch predicts that domestic violence will tick upward this year."
"LegalMatch.com… reports divorce filings down 16% from last year, (which may be attributed to) not wanting to take on the individual financial responsibility of a divorce."
"LegalMatch, an online resource that connects attorneys with people who need them, reports a nearly 20 percent increase in domestic violence cases in the weeks since Valentine’s Day."
Real Estate Law
"Brokers and agents who find themselves in need of legal counsel, but who don't have easy access to an attorney, may want to go to LegalMatch.com. a national network of lawyers who collectively have a huge array of specialties."
"Sited most frequently by LegalMatch users as the time when they would consider hiring legal representation is when they are buying or selling a property. And why not? Real estate deals certainly can be tricky."
"With passage of Nevada’s new legislation, “the U.S. online gambling industry has been reborn,” said Ken LaMance, attorney and managing editor for the LegalMatch Law Library."
"A good business attorney will bring to light a lot of the risks in your company's formation and in your contracts with employees, customers, and vendors. These are risks most business people overlook because they are, quite rightly, focused on the success of their business, not its potential failure."
"The majority of the customers at LegalMatch are individuals, but about 10 percent are small businesses"
"In the past I have spent days locating legal services tailored to my specific needs. LegalMatch allowed me to satisfy these needs with a lawyer interested in supporting my level of business."
"LegalMatch, an online service that matches clients to lawyers, logged a 32 percent increase in wrongful termination cases and a 34 percent rise in employment discrimination cases in California from 2007 to 2008."
"Comparing December 2008 to the previous year, LegalMatch saw 38 percent more referrals for employment discrimination, 36 percent more inquiries alleging wrongful termination, 26 percent more wage-and-overtime cases, and 17 percent more pension or benefit disputes."
Online Legal Matching
"The FTC said that the Internet-based client/attorney matching services (like LegalMatch) have the potential to lower consumer costs of obtaining information about the price and quality of legal services, which is likely to lead to more intense competition among attorneys, ultimately benefiting Texas consumers."
"Through Google I discovered several online client/lawyer-matching services. I preferred Legalmatch.com -- it's free, fast, easy to use and protects your privacy. You create a case presentation by answering questions just as a lawyer would during an initial consultation."
"Many key states have addressed this issue of ethics directly, an action precipitated by the industry and, specifically, by LegalMatch, which also was instrumental in spearheading the recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding on online legal matching."
"Though attorney feedback about these new services indicates that many are still a work in progress, earlier lawyer-matching startups—such as LegalMatch.com, AttorneyPages.com, and RocketLawyer.com—have managed to climb in the Alexa rankings."
"Lawyers can pay a fee to participate in an online service (like LegalMatch) that matches subscribing lawyers with potential clients, as long as the service exercises no discretion in those match ups, the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas has determined."
"The original Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers date as far back as the late 1800s. Suffice it to say there were no thoughts of the internet back then, much less Legalmatch.com…"
"That gives LegalMatch an edge in knowledge, results and staying in business over time. Additionally, their 'footprint' of bringing business to their members is almost certainly larger because they have more resources to drive business to their site than the others."
"Some lawyers are turning to nontraditional ways of getting their names out there to potential clients. One venue is online, where, San Francisco-based LegalMatch, helps lawyers market their services to potential clients." Business in Las Vegas.
"Actually, online legal matching has been around since 1999, when LegalMatch of San Francisco started matching attorneys to clients based on key factors."
"While the State Bar of Texas seemingly frowns on its business practice, an Internet legal referral service that promises to match lawyers with potential clients is hoping to change the Bar's mind. And the online business, California-based LegalMatch, has found a powerful new supporter in its quest: the Federal Trade Commission."
"LegalMatch, which says it has thousands of attorneys in its network and matches tens of thousands of potential clients with participating attorneys each month, works by allowing people to fill out a form describing the kinds of legal services they need."
"From my extensive research, I discovered that the most effective and cost efficient way to generate clients through the Internet, by far, is by utilizing the services of LegalMatch, a client acquisition provider. Yes, I have tried other competitors."
"LegalMatch.com, a Web site headquartered in San Francisco, has contracted with the Utah State Bar to replace its lawyer referral system with referrals via LegalMatch."
"LegalMatch is far more precise than just asking around or, worse, flipping through the Yellow Pages. It goes several steps beyond the referral services offered by state and local bar associations."
"The Sacramento, Calif., solo practitioner says she's had to move to larger quarters and hire an assistant to help her keep up with the all the work generated by LegalMatch."
"Couples who meet via eHarmony can hit the wrong note and demand a divorce, while Friendster friends can turn enemies and sue each other. That's where LegalMatch comes in."
“LegalMatch, as a client acquisition tool, frees attorneys from the expensive and time-consuming chore of finding clients while allowing them to be selective about the legal matters they handle."
"To be selected among the best is an incredible achievement worthy of praise -- and perhaps a little bragging."
"The Utah State Bar has signed an agreement to replace its traditional lawyer referral operation with LegalMatch's online matching service effective Jan. 1.
"Wouldn't it be nice if you could turn on your computer, review a list of potential clients, and cherry-pick your cases? A company called LegalMatch claims the scenario just described is a reality for the lawyers who subscribe to its service."
"These days, LegalMatch is focused on a new set of statistics, related to its new customer relationship management (CRM) system. Since implementing CRM 18 months ago, the company has seen attorney membership grow by 20% a year and consumer visits increase 40%."