Using AVVO's "Q&A" or "Ask a Lawyer"
Avvo is a great source for legal information, but knowing how to use the service improves your chances of a successful result.
Your question is NOT confidential.One of the great features of consulting with an attorney is the attorney/client privilege. When you talk on the phone or meet in an attorney's office, your communications are generally private and confidential. That means the attorney can't reveal what you discuss, except for very limited situations. However, when you post the question publicly on a website, you don't have any reasonable expectation of privacy. Without that expectation, you don't have any privilege with the attorney. Additionally, anyone can see what you post. What does this mean? Don't put anything incriminating in your question! Don't give enough specifics that a police officer, district attorney, or opposing party can figure out who you are and what you are saying.
The reader only knows what you tell them.Keep in mind the previous advice about incriminating information, but an attorney can only base his or her opinion on what you share. "Can my landlord keep my deposit?" isn't enough information to provide an answer. "My roommate's dog tore up the blinds in our house even though I said the dog shouldn't live there. Now our landlord wants to keep the $950 deposit to cover damages. Can he do that?" is a good starting point for information. We know the problem and what caused it. An attorney may need more information, but its a much better starting point.
Don't expect a miracle.Lawyers go to school for a long time. After college, they attend three years of law school and have to pass the bar. Even then, many will tell you that an attorney needs several years of experience before they are knowledgeable and proficient at practicing law. We don't spend that many years studying because the law is easy. It is complex and minor details can change everything. Avvo is a great source to find some basic information about your issue, but don't expect a response on the Q&A that magically fixes your problems. You may very well need to hire an attorney or at least consult with one in person. You've taken a good first step in looking for background information, but you should anticipate needing more guidance than a website can provide.