FindLaw is a free legal information website that helps consumers, small business owners, students, and legal professionals find legal documents and answers to everyday legal questions. FindLaw services 51 states. The site includes case law, state and federal statutes, a lawyer directory, and legal news and analysis. FindLaw also provides online marketing services for law firms. FindLaw was founded in 1995 and is part of Thomson Reuters, a multinational information and mass media firm.
FindLaw.com offers information and legal documents for both business and personal needs. This includes the following categories: landlord-tenant, wills and estates, real estate, family law, business formation, debt and finances, going to court, and more. Access to all the information and documents housed on FindLaw is free.
FindLaw also has a section of Spanish-language documents called Formularios en Espanol. This is a distinct benefit of FindLaw, as it is the only online legal service we reviewed that has a separate section just for Spanish speakers.
FindLaw.com features an attorney directory that allows you to search for lawyers by city, state, county, or legal issue. Once you've specified your legal needs, the search results provide you with a link to the law firm's website so you can contact them directly. The attorney directory is also a great resource for attorneys to use to find clients and market themselves.
If you visit the Answers section of the FindLaw site, you'll reach a community forum. You can ask questions, offer support and share ideas with other users, or you can utilize the Ask a Lawyer live chat feature to get basic legal advice. It also has a legal news section that is kept up to date for those that are interested in some of the top legal stories out there as well as a blog.
Other than the Ask a Lawyer feature, you won't be able to get personal counsel from a lawyer through FindLaw. If you'd like detailed advice or the opportunity to receive guidance through your legal process, you'll need to use the Directory to to find and retain a lawyer near you.
The FindLaw website doesn't list any information about the accuracy and quality of the information and documents found on the site, nor did we see any information about how often the site is updated. This means that it may be difficult to determine if the information you see on FindLaw is up-to-date and credible.
FindLaw is strictly a resource for legal information and forms. They will not complete, review, or file forms for you, nor will do they offer any representation or consultation services. If you think you'll need assistance with completing or filing your forms, you may prefer an online legal service like LegalZoom or BizFilings, which offer to take care of the document handling for you.
Since FindLaw doesn't offer any direct legal services, there is no option to call a customer service or support line, nor is there an option to email FindLaw for assistance. If you have any difficulty navigating the site or accessing the documents, you're on your own.
Diana K Dunlop
Our firm began advertising through Findlaw in 2015. We had fairly good results in the first few months, then it barely paid for the cost in terms of the new clients its advertising provided. We complained, and had a hard sell pitch to go with the Findlaw Engagement Builder that was touted as going to have our phones ringing many times a day. The first hurdle to the Engagement Builder was a long, complicated list of instructions to make personnel at OUR firm to do the work to develop the platforms for social media functions. We were doing the work that we expected Findlaw Engagement Builder personnel to do, and paying nearly $1000 a month to do this work!! I have NEVER felt so ripped off and cheated by an advertising program in all my years in business, and we started our firm in 1995. Do NOT subscribe or otherwise purchase into this Engagement/Social media program with Thomson R Findlaw, and be very careful to scrupulously monitor an Findlaw advertising to see that it is actually generating the revenue that it cost to advertise with Findlaw. BUYER BEWARE!
I signed a one year contract. Invested a lot of time and money with them. Biggest waste of time and money I've ever invested in. They took 3 months to get website up and running, then gave us a bunch of pep talks about social media then we were on our own. Didn't generate any new business, and forced us to compete with other firms who also work with them. Any bright senior in high school could get same results and save you thousands of dollars.
I used FIndlaw for three or four years. I did nearly everything they recommended and it was a money LOSER with poor ROI. Their blog service is nonsense. They will seell the same services to your competitors and if their spend is more, they will do "better "then you. Read the fine print in the contract. There is no way to fire them if you are unhappy with their service or your ROI. In fact, even when they knew they weren't producing satisfactory results, they were not willing to void the contract. The proof? It has been a yaer since I left ehir service for a service that was less then 1/2 the cost and my ROI has improved significantly and my ranking has remained about the same. I would NEVER use them again, I know other attorneys that have used them and left them for the same reasons.