I often answer questions related to my firm's practice areas...wills, trusts, estate planning, business law, and real estate...on Avvo.com. Avvo is a website that seeks to help consumers connect with attorneys who provide the services they need. In addition, Avvo offers a free forum where potential clients can ask questions and receive short answers from attorneys who specialize in those legal practice areas. When I receive a question from someone in an area of law in which I do not practice, I often refer them to the Avvo forums as a way to get some brief guidance on their topic. Many times the consumer receives some very helpful initial information and may also be advised to seek the services of a local attorney to further explore and resolve their issue. I feel that by participating in these forums I am providing a useful service to the public, and helping to bridge the gap between consumers who need civil legal advice but either cannot afford to pay for services or do not know where to begin to get their legal questions answered. I decided to share some of my answers on my blog when I feel that they would be particularly useful to others who may have similar questions.
Below is a recent question that I answered on Avvo.com that was also chosen by the consumer as the "Best Answer."