Last March, I wrote a post here about LawPivot, a website where companies can pose legal questions and get answers from lawyers. Lawyers are paid nothing to provide these answers. The incentive for participating is that the free answers the lawyer provides could lead the grateful and dutifully impressed company to give the lawyer paid work.

So here’s my question: Have you or any other lawyers you know received paid work through LawPivot?

Let me know. If I get any responses, I’ll write up what I learn.

  • Nope. Bunch of people looking for a free ride. I’ve stopped providing anything more than my phone number and an offer to discuss it further. No calls. Seems about as worthwhile as Avvo, i.e. not.

  • I have been lucky enough to get a paid new client through Law Pivot. While I do agree that many people on Law Pivot are not serious about looking for counsel, I have tried to patiently answer questions as best as I could (based on the facts presented), and as it turned out one company that I assisted followed up with a telephone call and separately engaged my services. There are potential clients out there – you just have to be patient.

  • No. I’ve done it for about six weeks, and answered maybe 8 questions. The questions are not always right on point to my listed specialties; I don’t know if this is a shortcoming of the software, the potential client’s listing the wrong type of law, or that there are not enough lawyers in other specialties. I do see the potential to obtain paying clients, but like anything else, it will take time and effort. The potential clients are invariably pleasant and appreciative. It strikes me that the time spent and information provided is about the same as I would provide over the phone or in an initial in-person consult to a prospective business client.

  • I posted about this last month and TechnoLawyer picked it up. The answer is no, but I’ve talked with the founders and believe in the site’s mission – to disrupt the lawyer/entrepreneur relationship. Hey, no one else is even trying.

  • Sharon D.

    I have answered a few questions but gotten no further inquiry. I think in this day and age people are willing to take legal advise for free assuming they know what to do with it.

  • Carroll Hauptle

    Zero. I’ve even had follow up questions. The problem is that these are folks who are too lazy to look up basic issues on their own and who think that lawyers are so desperate for work that they will give it away for free in the vain hope that one of these companies will become successful and hire them for extensive matters – not likely in my view.

    Giving away what you do for a living does not work. Even as marketing.