Legal Services Link's Bar Partnership Program
Connecting Clients With Attorneys: Find-a-Lawyer Aids Law Practice, Access to Justice
Enter the new State Bar of Arizona Find-a- Lawyer. It’s a safe and easy way for clients and attorneys to connect. It launched on May 1, and so far it’s attracting plenty of consumers who are looking for an easier way to find legal help.
State Bar Launches Find-a-Lawyer Platform to Help Connect Public with Lawyers
"We've created Find-a-Lawyer to improve the ability for people in Arizona to access justice, said John Phelps, CEO and Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona. "This new platform will make it easier for consumers to find the right legal services at the right price. It will also help attorneys connect with clients all over Arizona," he added.
"The Find-a-Lawyer platform was created in partnership with Legal Services Link to help the State Bar of Arizona support its vision of ensuring that Arizona residents have access to legal services."
AZStateBar Find-a-Lawyer portal takes aim at legal services gap
"A first of its kind, the Find-a-Lawyer website allows consumers to control the process of finding and hiring an attorney through a safe and reliable platform. Find-a-Lawyer is accessible through smartphones, tablets and desktop computers via azbar.org to find legal help in three easy steps"
Legal Services Link and its bar partnership program were recently featured in The New York Times, which had his to say about the site and the program:
"State bar associations have so many requests for lawyer aid that some are seeking to move beyond offering lawyer referral lists and considering online platforms."
"While state bar associations offer lawyer referral lists, a recent study, "Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States," found they were not working well."
"To hasten delivery of legal services, the bar association is taking several measures, including partnering with Legal Services Link to better help those who either represent themselves or go without legal advice."
Partnership Makes Practice Easier for Lawyers Who Have Military Spouses
"Legal Services Link is a platform that will seem familiar to anyone who’s used Thumbtack or TaskRabbit to find a handyman or a plumber. The site lets potential clients post their legal needs—what sort of help they seek, where they’re located and how much that they hope to spend. Then the lawyers who have paid to register with Legal Services Link can respond, offering their services. Legal Services Link also provides attorneys free listings in its lawyer directory."
Legal Tech Looks to Bar Associations to Connect Attorneys & Clients
"State and local bar associations have historically been the primary go-to source for companies looking to building inroads to attorneys; they also tend to be about as tech-savvy as your average grandparent. But just as Grandma has been warming up to that iPad she got for her birthday, bar associations, too, have started to warm to the idea of bringing technologists and their products into the fold."
"While bar associations may not all agree on the exact type and extent of the technology they need, most do agree that it's likely to be an important part of their future and are taking steps to connect their members to new tools and services."