More than ever, Americans are turning to the Internet to find a lawyer. And at the same time, Americans are increasingly using their smartphones to surf the Web.
That's why FindLaw's engineering team has been focused on making our popular online Lawyer Directory work even better for mobile users.
Since the launch of our latest update just a few weeks ago, connecting with an attorney via your smartphone is now faster and easier than ever.
Responsive Design Adapts to Your Device
This blog gave you a sneak peek into the kind of responsive design tweaks that FindLaw would be making to its online experience. And FindLaw's Lawyer Directory is a perfect place to showcase them.
"This release is all about responsive design," FindLaw Technology Senior Project Manager Lina Leung explains. With this updated mobile technology, the Lawyer Directory automatically detects the device being used to access it, then adapts the way the Directory looks.
That means Leung's iPhone 4 will no longer be stuck on some stripped-down "mobile version" of the Directory; she'll be treated to a resolution and layout designed exactly for her mobile device's specifications.
Get More Specific With Advanced Search
We know that there are lots of things you should look for in a lawyer, not to mention his or her firm's website.
Now, you don't have to wade through each firm's site; the new mobile-responsive design allows you to filter lawyer-search results by:
- Language. Get in touch with a lawyer who speaks Mandarin, Tagalog, Spanish, or dozens of other languages.
- Free consultation. Whether you need info for a DUI or a divorce, a free consultation is worth searching for.
- Whether the firm accepts credit cards. Who doesn't take credit cards these days? Find out with a click.
Location Detection Brings Local Lawyers to You
With GPS tracking in almost every mobile device, FindLaw can also use location detection to instantly show you lawyers in your neck of the woods.
For those worried about privacy, take off your tin foil hats: FindLaw's mobile experience actually asks users to provide location information. Taking advantage of this feature is totally up to you.
New 'Contact Us' Feature
Don't feel like taking the time to call your potential new lawyer? (Who makes phone calls nowadays, anyway? We kid.) Just tap the "Contact Us" button and fill out the basics -- such as your name, email, phone number, and your legal issue -- to send the firm a quick email.
You can also indicate whether you'd like to be contacted via phone or email.
So while you're killing time playing on your phone -- yes, we know you're not working -- check out FindLaw's Lawyer Directory and let us know what you think about our new mobile look.