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Things That Exist, Vol. 1: Free Lawyer Ads on Craigslist

I feel like I'm on my computer constantly, poring through hundreds of feeds and stories daily, spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of legal blogs and information you deserve. But I definitely miss a lot of things that everyone else seems to know about -- the type of things where I can only scratch my head and say, "Really?!? They have that? Never heard of it." 

Today's thing I never knew existed: Lawyer ads on Craigslist

While reading the Simple Justice blog today (it must have been an old post as I know I wrote a fond "Farewell to 'Simple Justice' and Scott Greenfield" post back in February 2012 when Simple Justice shut down), I saw two references to young lawyers who tried placing free ads on Craigslist but ultimately rejected this business development tactic as undignified. "I don't care if it resulted in a client or two," said Jordan Rushie on his Philly Law Blog. "It's where people go to find hookers and meet people with weird fetishes. Do you really want to advertise professional services there?"

Matt Brown adds on his Tempe Criminal Defense blog that he, too, has rejected using Craiglist ads

mostly because I'd rather not be the kind of lawyer who posts between an old guy seeking a topless female roommate and a stewardess hoping to fornicate with a golden shepherd in front of her husband, but it's also because I know the odds of a good outcome are terrible and I stand to lose a lot more than five dollars.

There is probably some other lawyer out there who will soon post that he is now retired and sitting on the beach lighting cigars with $100 bills because of his wildly successful free Craigslist ads, but I haven't seen that yet. 

I headed over to the Craigslist "Legal Services" page for my area to see this for myself, and found that as of 3 p.m. today, there were 97 separate ads for every kind of low-end legal service you can think of. And those are just the ads for today! These include ads such as:

  • Is your home in foreclosure? We can help! $200 off your first visit
  • Unlimited Legal Advice Starting at $17/month
  • $299 UNCONTESTED DIVORCE, Reasonable Fees For Other Matters

And 94 others a lot like those. So for those of you like me who never knew about free lawyer ads on Craigslist ... now you know.

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)


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