Gone are the days when Lawyers do not advertise. While some lawyers still think it’s a faux pas, most accept that lawyer’s advertising is just like any other industry and to some extent is a public service…
Regardless of whether or not you approve of lawyer advertising it is here to stay. However, there is one trap to be careful to avoid;
Bought and Paid for Search Rankings.
I get numerous Search Engine Optimization (SEO) proposals every week. These groups claim they can have me at the top of Google searches, for a fee, in any legal category I choose. The SEO people Google specific terms and if you are not in the top 5, or on the first page, then the solicitations come. Sometimes you may even be on the first page organically and they still try to solicit you.
So what does this mean for you, the person looking for a lawyer? Be careful. Just because a lawyer shows up on your search does not mean he/she is the one for you or that they even handle the type of case you have. Read more on How to Hire an Attorney.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi cautioning you to do your research before you hire an attorney.
THEY said that I did not need an attorney. THEY said that he would not get to see the children. THEY said that you cannot get Alimony in Mississippi.
I get calls everyday about what THEY said. I always ask, “Who is THEY?” The answer is always nebulous. It’s their friend’s mom’s sister’s neighbor, who had the world’s “fastest, worst, cheapest, easiest, most difficult, most expensive, most whatever divorce.”
What THEY said can be dangerous, is frequently incomplete and in some instances is just wrong. Their situation was likely vastly different from yours. THEY were in another state, THEY were married twice as long, or for ten minutes. THEY do not have children or THEY have eight and live in a shoe. THEY had a pre-nup and a post-nup. THEY had significant separate assets or a debilitating medical condition. THEY had a lawyer who did not know what he was doing or THEY did not have a lawyer. Maybe, THEY had a great lawyer. Listening to what THEY said is usually a mistake. Listen to the professional YOU know (or are getting to know), that YOU trust and that YOU hired.
Of course, THEY could be right.
Matthew Thompson is a Magnolia State Divorce Attorney cautioning you to be wary of what THEY say.
Follow the blog: BowTieLawyerVisit the website: Thompson Law FirmYou may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms
“In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.”
Following your attorney’s advice can be one of the more difficult aspects of divorce work, but you must. I have previously blogged on How to Hire an attorney, Keeping Quiet when necessary, Annoying Client Traits, and Coping with the Stress of a family law matter. One important and common theme to all of these is to listen and take the advice you are given. It is no guaranty of a perfect case, but it increases the potential for a satisfactory result. (So long as the person giving the advice knows what they are talking about.)
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and is good at telling people what to do.