This post is not even a little bit sponsored. At all. I’m writing it out of the kindness of my heart because I know it will help someone at some point.
A few years ago, I was involved in a situation in which I felt that I really needed to consult with a lawyer. I eventually went on to sign a document that says I’m not allowed to talk about the situation or the outcome, so I’m not going to give any details.
(But don’t worry, it wasn’t anything criminal.)
(Although THAT would probably be a great story to blog about!)
I talked to my brother, who happens to be a lawyer, but he handles intellectual property and didn’t know of anyone reputable in the field I needed, so I turned to a source I had heard about many times on the radio, but had never needed to use.
It was launched years ago by a former lawyer-turned radio personality, Bill Handel. He’s got a popular morning talk show here in Los Angeles and a Saturday morning legal show where he gives “marginal legal advice.”
And he has this website that connects people to attorneys. Whether you have a quick legal question or need to consult with an actual attorney, this site is super helpful.
There are all sorts of resources available on this site, but the one that was most helpful to me was simply finding a lawyer in my area that could help with my particular issue.
What’s really awesome about this site is that it’s not just a massive listing of every attorney that pays for advertising. The people who run it actually go to great lengths to vet the attorneys that are listed, making sure that they are legitimate, good to work with, and won’t screw you over. While handelonthelaw.com doesn’t guarantee any outcomes, it felt really nice to be directed to an attorney that could actually help me and didn’t just have dollar signs in his eyeballs.
And let me tell you, the attorney I found was AWESOME. So helpful. Super kind. Really great to work with. I was kind of a terrible client, but their office put up with me and were with me through every step of what would eventually turn into a nearly three-year ordeal.
One of the great things about this site, too, is that even though Bill Handel is a local guy, the site is available across the country. So no matter what state you’re in, you can likely find someone to help you out.
Obviously no one ever wants to need a lawyer. But things happen in life. And it’s so great to know there are good, safe, worthwhile resources to find someone you can really work with.
Have you ever had to hire a lawyer? Did you have a good experience?