Although this may not shock you, a new FindLaw survey reveals that consumers are using the Internet more than any other method to search for lawyers.
Mind blown? Collect the shards of your skull from the corners of the room and check out our stats.
Looking for a Lawyer? Internet FTW
Put yourself back in 2005. You just got done seeing "Brokeback Mountain" (which you thought was going to be a Western!) when you got into an accident on the way home. You reach into your urban camo pants and grab your T-Mobile Sidekick to text your friend about a car accident lawyer. Sound familiar?
Well that was then. Nine years later, FindLaw's latest survey shows that the most popular method for finding a lawyer has changed -- from asking a friend or relative to using... the Internet!
In 2014, the most popular ways of researching a lawyer include:
- The Yellow Pages, with 4 percent of respondents opting for this old-fashioned method (who has time to "let your fingers do the walking" anymore?);
- Consulting a local bar association (asking lawyers about lawyers), with 10 percent choosing this option;
- Asking a friend or relative (so 2005), 29 percent; and
- The Internet, now favored by 38 percent of respondents (because now we have Google on our phones!)
Unsurprisingly, the amount of people who used the Internet to find attorneys jumped from 7 percent in 2005 to 38 percent in 2014. Not only is the Internet more sophisticated now, but there are so many more ways to easily go online to find an attorney. That includes the Internet's No. 1 destination for legal consumers -- FindLaw.com.
Even 'Teen Moms' Look for Lawyers Online
Want even more reason to believe the Internet (and FindLaw.com) is the way to go for lawyer research? Look, as always, to the MTV show "Teen Mom 2."
Around the same fellow cast member Jenelle was getting cosmetic surgery, "Teen Mom" Leah was looking for a divorce attorney on Google. She quickly connected with a local attorney -- one who just happened to use FindLaw to create and market her law firm's website.
With thousands of lawyers from coast to coast listed in FindLaw's Lawyer Directory, why not let us take the guesswork out of finding a competent attorney? Once you enter your legal issue and find some good options, FindLaw's Guide to Hiring a Lawyer can also help you sort out which attorney is right for you.
So don't make finding a lawyer harder than it needs to be. It's 2014. Use the Internet. Use FindLaw.