Be Careful of Posting Your Personal Questions on Legal Sites
I caution anyone from getting too specific with their questions. Avvo is a wonderful community, and many attorneys offer valuable perspectives. But please do not put your personal information or case details on the internet. Here are a few things to think about before you post:
Limited AdviceThe advice you receive via the internet is going to be limited. It is probably only worth what you paid for it, either in terms of a fee for the consultation or your own time and effort to sit down with an attorney. Along those lines, I probably will not be answering questions on Avvo, either. Even if a posted question is somewhat general and anonymous, I would hate to receive partial information, and then give bad guidance!
A Consultation Online is Not a Real Consultation!A consultation online is not the same thing as a consultation in person! Injury attorneys typically offer free consultations. But there is a vast difference between two people sitting down to discuss all pertinent details, being fully focused on the matter, vs. an exchange in a public chat room (and Avvo questions and answers are essentially public chat rooms). It's not a bad place to start, but a legal site should only be a start.
Do You Really Want Your Personal Business Out There?Once your personal business is out there, it's there for anyone to find - opposing counsel included. Even if you don't use names, and perhaps only geographic and pertinent details, remember that lawyers and their staff are excellent at conducting searches.
Never Use Your Contact Details.The worst thing you can do is write a letter to the Avvo universe (or the Quora universe, or other sites) about your situation, and then sign it with your full name and contact information. I have seen this done over and over again. For example, if I read a post from Jane Doe, [email protected], (xxx) yyy-zzzz, who lives at 1234 Lane in Fresno, California begging for help about her very specific ailments and concerns, detailing everything, including the parties involved...anyone can read that post. You are opening yourself up for contact by con-artists, scammers and identity thieves.