Over 10 years of being in private practice there have been only 2 consistent sources for new leads, personal/professional referrals and LegalMatch. Hands down there is nothing better than getting a referral from a past client, professional colleague, or friend, however, LegalMatch has come close to becoming that new lead referral source. While other “marketing” or “referral services” promise to bring you leads, only LegalMatch puts you in control selecting the leads that you want.
I have spent a lot of money over the years working with various websites that make me their featured attorney for their site in my area. What I found was I was paying for leads that may not come to fruition. I might find that the person called wanting “free” legal advice. Worse, sometimes I would get the kind of client that wants to take down the government, the world, and their mother, and wanted me to do it for free.
Many of us have taken time to build our website, but that doesn’t necessarily alone get clients to our doors. If you do pay per click through Google, you may end up paying for clicks unrelated to your type of law, or your competitors clicking to cost you money.
With LegalMatch, there is a vetting process that the potential client goes through. They choose the type of lawyer they are looking for such as a new lawyer, a lawyer who has been in practice a moderate amount of time, and an experienced lawyer. This comes with the understanding you pay more for the experienced attorney. The other way they vet the client is they let them select their preferred payment method: cash, check, charge, or the infamous “other”. It is a good bet that the client who chooses “other” payment method is looking for free advice.
The questions LegalMatch asks the potential client gives me an idea what kind of case they have, the type of lawyer they are looking for, and if they have the means to pay. I get this before I even attempt to make contact with them. No other legal referral service does this.
Lastly, time is on my side with LegalMatch. When someone makes a post, I get emailed right away. This gives me an advantage of response time. Striking while the iron is hot has benefited me in closing a client.
With LegalMatch I have control. I respond to the clients I want, when I want to, and how I want to.