Is there a forum for legal matters?

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Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by kayanco » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:26 pm

Hi,

I'm curious if there's a forum for discussing legal matters? A high quality or good repute forum like this one, but for legal stuff.

(I understand that BH forum doesn't allow non-financial related legal discussions; I'm only asking for forum suggestion and not looking to discuss anything here).

Thank you

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by totallystudly » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:05 pm

Probably depends on the topic, consume law there are several. International patent law, I can't think of any.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by Pajamas » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:14 pm

If you have a simple question you can get advice here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/

but it's not a discussion forum.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by brandy » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:18 pm

One is
https://www.expertlaw.com/forums/forum.php

There must be others, google legal forums, or law forums

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by Smorgasbord » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:31 pm

For the niche of patent prosecution I suggest http://www.intelproplaw.com/ip_forum/index.php.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by ResearchMed » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:47 pm

brandy wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:18 pm
One is
https://www.expertlaw.com/forums/forum.php

There must be others, google legal forums, or law forums
Thanks.

This looks both helpful and interesting... another time sink :wink:

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by GCD » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:14 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:47 pm
brandy wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:18 pm
One is
https://www.expertlaw.com/forums/forum.php

There must be others, google legal forums, or law forums
Thanks.

This looks both helpful and interesting... another time sink :wink:

RM
Wow. I'd be leery of that site and probably others as well. The very first thread I clicked on had people giving bad legal advice in very authoritative tones. I can't say the entire site is that way, but internet legal advice is probably worse than what you pay for it. Legal stuff is one area where going cheap can really come back to bite you.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by LadyGeek » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:55 pm

For cross-border (US / Canada) tax and immigration issues, Serbinski Accounting Firms is recommended often - both here and in our sister Canadian forum Financial Wisdom Forum.

If nothing else, I like the forum's layout. :wink:
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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by kayanco » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:09 am

Thank you for making these suggestions everyone. I'm grateful for your responses!

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by TheGreatDane » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:49 am

You get what you pay for with free legal advice from anonymous people who are probably not lawyers licensed to practice law in YOUR state. You're generally better off having a lawyer friend/colleague that you can bounce something off and, if he/she doesn't know, at least he/she can send you in the right direction.

The cloak of anonymity online allows people who have no idea what they're talking about to speak with authority on every subject and there's really no way for you to separate fact from nonsense.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by tmcc » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:51 am

also be wary of disclosure of your legal issue in a public forum (internet). if you end up in arbitration or court, that may be a serious issue if you gave away key details to try to drum up a free lunch to save on fees.

if the counterparty finds your thread, rest assured they will use it against you. you can probably get a free consult from someone local to you who will refer you to someone that has experience in the specific matter you're experiencing.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by c.coyle » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:07 am

tmcc wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:51 am
also be wary of disclosure of your legal issue in a public forum (internet). if you end up in arbitration or court, that may be a serious issue if you gave away key details to try to drum up a free lunch to save on fees.

if the counterparty finds your thread, rest assured they will use it against you. you can probably get a free consult from someone local to you who will refer you to someone that has experience in the specific matter you're experiencing.
Bingo!

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by alfaspider » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:49 am

As a lawyer, I would never give advice in such a forum and I would be very suspicious of any lawyer who does. You open yourself up to malpractice risk and potentially prejudice a case because a public post is not privileged. If you are getting legal advice from a non-lawyer, it's probably a case of the blind leading the blind.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by brandy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:30 am

I read forums to get other's thoughts, experiences, ideas, knowledge, viewpoints. I know little about so many things, forums are one way for me to get other people's thoughts and ideas, even knowledge about that subject I'm trying to learn about. I've gained a broader base on a few situations in this site, things I hadn't thought of, no one had expressed, that have helped me in a few aspects of my life.
It's always helpful to have broader knowledge about anything, until one's own thoughts and knowledge are firm enough to carry one on.
The threads about the DEATH BOOK, wills and trusts, end of life issues, etc have really been helpful. I've learned from many others: I have been looking at refrigerators. I now have other things to consider--no longer want french doors...The OATS/oatmeal threads... Via forums, though the information may be reliable or not, the opinions of actual users can help me in my understanding. As far as legal forums and even medical, they help me formulate questions to get answers to, and help make my time with the $$$$ lawyer or doctor more informative and productive.
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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by kayanco » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:27 pm

TheGreatDane wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:49 am
You get what you pay for with free legal advice from anonymous people who are probably not lawyers licensed to practice law in YOUR state. You're generally better off having a lawyer friend/colleague that you can bounce something off and, if he/she doesn't know, at least he/she can send you in the right direction.

The cloak of anonymity online allows people who have no idea what they're talking about to speak with authority on every subject and there's really no way for you to separate fact from nonsense.
Very useful perspective. I appreciate this.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by oldcomputerguy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:29 pm

totallystudly wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:05 pm
Probably depends on the topic, consume law there are several. International patent law, I can't think of any.
Not since Groklaw shut down :(
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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by kayanco » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:44 pm

alfaspider wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:49 am
As a lawyer, I would never give advice in such a forum and I would be very suspicious of any lawyer who does. You open yourself up to malpractice risk and potentially prejudice a case because a public post is not privileged. If you are getting legal advice from a non-lawyer, it's probably a case of the blind leading the blind.
Can you please recommend a way or process to find a lawyer for a particular issue. Is there something like Yelp for lawyers? I mean on Yelp I can see ratings and read reviews. Anything similar for lawyers? I'm not familiar with any method for finding a good attorney.

Thanks.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by alfaspider » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:22 pm

kayanco wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:44 pm
alfaspider wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:49 am
As a lawyer, I would never give advice in such a forum and I would be very suspicious of any lawyer who does. You open yourself up to malpractice risk and potentially prejudice a case because a public post is not privileged. If you are getting legal advice from a non-lawyer, it's probably a case of the blind leading the blind.
Can you please recommend a way or process to find a lawyer for a particular issue. Is there something like Yelp for lawyers? I mean on Yelp I can see ratings and read reviews. Anything similar for lawyers? I'm not familiar with any method for finding a good attorney.

Thanks.
I'm afraid there's nothing really equivalent to yelp. There are services that purport to do that, like Avvo, but I wouldn't put significant stock in the Avvo ratings. They are based on factors that are easy to manipulate, and don't really speak to quality.

Some of the best resources for finding an attorney are other attorneys in a different specialty. If you know any lawyers in the relevant locale, they might be a good place to start. For matters relating to large businesses, Chambers and Partners is a good resource to recommend firms, but I assume that you aren't looking for that sort of expertise if you are posting about selecting a lawyer here.

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Re: Is there a forum for legal matters?

Post by Rupert » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:21 pm

alfaspider wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:22 pm
kayanco wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:44 pm
alfaspider wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:49 am
As a lawyer, I would never give advice in such a forum and I would be very suspicious of any lawyer who does. You open yourself up to malpractice risk and potentially prejudice a case because a public post is not privileged. If you are getting legal advice from a non-lawyer, it's probably a case of the blind leading the blind.
Can you please recommend a way or process to find a lawyer for a particular issue. Is there something like Yelp for lawyers? I mean on Yelp I can see ratings and read reviews. Anything similar for lawyers? I'm not familiar with any method for finding a good attorney.

Thanks.
I'm afraid there's nothing really equivalent to yelp. There are services that purport to do that, like Avvo, but I wouldn't put significant stock in the Avvo ratings. They are based on factors that are easy to manipulate, and don't really speak to quality.

Some of the best resources for finding an attorney are other attorneys in a different specialty. If you know any lawyers in the relevant locale, they might be a good place to start. For matters relating to large businesses, Chambers and Partners is a good resource to recommend firms, but I assume that you aren't looking for that sort of expertise if you are posting about selecting a lawyer here.
+1. Yes, the services that purport to rate the quality of legal services are about as reliable as the services that purport to rate the quality of doctors. I would not choose a cardio-thoracic surgeon based on a RateMyMD review, and I would not choose a lawyer based on Avvo or like sources. (As for Avvo in particular, they've been hounding me by email for years to "validate" my review or ranking or whatever, and their emails promptly get deleted. I feel bad for non-government lawyers who actually have to care about such stuff. I have no idea what Avvo actually says about me.)

The best way to find a good lawyer is still by word of mouth. If you don't know any lawyers, ask your friends, family and co-workers for referrals. And then interview the lawyers. You don't have to stick with the first one you talk to.

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