Please, I Beg You, Get a Website!

Get a Website!Okay, if you’re a solo practitioner, or really any kind of hire-able lawyer who doesn’t currently have at least a basic website — please, I beg you, GET ONE. How in the world am I supposed to refer you business otherwise?

Do you seriously think my friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend, who’s called me in tears because of this, that, or the other really bad thing that just happened, is going to pick up the phone and call you tomorrow morning, with only a non-maintained Avvo profile to go on?

News flash — it’s not going to happen.

How do I know this?

Because I get asked for referrals all the time, and I pay attention to what happen next. (Actually, in some cases, I don’t even bother passing along your information, since now I can’t do even the most basic vetting of you and your practice and I don’t want to waste everyone’s time.)

What You Need

Honestly, I’m not asking for much.

I don’t demand a Twitter profile, or even a blog. Just put your name, your location, and the word attorney somewhere in close proximity. (Hint: If I Google “Janet Smith attorney San Francisco” and don’t get your website, that’s a problem. Fix it.)

Then tell me what type of cases you take. If you really want to get fancy, add a photo. Then include your contact information, and (ideally) what it costs to talk with you initially.

That’s it.

Really, is that too much to ask? I think not.

So now you’re on notice. If you don’t have a website, don’t expect any referrals from me (or anyone else, most likely.)

Whew, glad we cleared that up.

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  1. Alison, that’s astounding that there are still attorneys out there who do not have a website. Personally, I think an attorney’s website is crucial to the development of their business. Almost everyone my age, will usually go online to research\learn about an attorney before meeting with them. Good advice though!

    • It’s truly shocking to me, but I see it every time someone asks for a referral. Interestingly, it’s often younger attorneys, too. Very odd!

  2. Younger?! Now that is really surprising.

  3. Completely true – it’s kind of hard to believe to be honest, but I really still think that many lawyers (young and old) totally underestimate just how important this is.


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