Welcome to Lawchek™ — We provide legal resources and ratings of legal professionals.
Lawchek™ has worked with Libraries since 1994 providing legal forms and directory services across the country. Lawchek™ expanded its legal directory service and developed an improved legal rating system. This ratings system is based on interviews with legal professionals and objective feedback on the technological advancements used in their day-to-day practice. Up until recently, legal rating systems were provided by competitors, namely peers, rating each other or by comments from the general public; both systems can be biased and emotional. Lawchek™ utilizes a more effective way to provide an accurate portrayal of legal professionals. This improved rating system helps the general public quickly determine if a legal professional is best suited for their particular case.
Lawchek™ Ratings System
Lawchek™ utilizes a legal ratings system that evaluates legal professionals listed on the site for their Internet savvy and technological advancement as it pertains to the quality of service they offer clients. Each requirement that is met merits the law firm one check mark within their listing. A total of four check marks is possible. If a legal organization does not possess any check marks, they may have chosen not to participate in the ratings system, or they may not have been rated yet. A star within any listing denotes membership, and a blue ribbon within any listing denotes honorary membership. A video camera denotes the legal organization utilizes and/or offers videoconferencing, a service Lawchek's parent company, enlighten technologies incorporated™, offers.
The ratings system is based upon the following criteria:
Upon review, if your legal organization qualifies in at least one area, you will receive a check mark. If your law firm meets more than one of the listed criteria, you will receive check marks for each area met. For a key to the ratings system, please see the Legend to the right.
The primary considerations in selecting a legal professional should be whether the client feels comfortable with the professional selected and if he is confident that the professional is competent in his field of expertise. Much depends upon an individual's judgment, and many times a legal professional is hired on the basis of referrals from other individuals who have for one reason or another experienced professional relationship as a result of work performed.
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Additionally, there are certain services that will rank legal professionals. However, a great deal of caution should be used in viewing most of these publications since such ratings may be politically motivated. Some services look at the number of years an legal professional has practiced. Sometimes special ratings are given to Lawyers who are members of large firms. Therefore, if an legal professional is not rated as highly by some of these various services, it does not necessarily mean that the legal professional is not extremely skilled or well qualified for that particular purpose. These sources of legal professional ranking may be helpful, but should be a secondary matter in the process of selection.
If you would like additional pointers for selecting the attorney that is right for you, please see our "How to select a lawyer" guide.
If your legal organization needs assistance regarding the ratings system in determining an accurate rating for your business, we would be more than happy to advise you. Please call our toll-free number at (800) 529-5121.
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Our partner site Lawsonline™ offers several original articles covering legal, political, and personal interests. Check out our latest article in our ten part series on the history of the Second Amendment.
The Body of the People: Rebellion
Can a representative government succeed in balancing the local needs of communities against the needs of the nation? While the U.S. Constitution was being ratified, James Madison argued in Federalist #10 that a larger national government would protect citizens from extreme shifts in policy by factions and, as a result, protect minority groups better than the smaller state governments. But this also required political minorities to submit to and respect the decisions of the majority. In theory most agreed this was fair but in practice there were still lingering tensions. For many it was difficult to suddenly accept that national interests superseded their local needs. Conflicts could turn violent when local political majorities found themselves political minorities at the national level. This struggle contributed to the Pennsylvania Regulations of the 1790s, known more commonly as the Whiskey Rebellion and Fries’s Rebellion. These Regulators struggled to connect with those beyond their communities. They cast themselves as virtuous citizens doing their part to correct corrupt laws and officials but nationally they were seen as rebels and anarchists. In part, it was their use of arms that made these Regulators unpopular as public opinion shifted and disparaged violent protest while favoring peaceful petitions, elections, and legal reforms. The time for localized armed regulation movements by citizens, even when organized through the local militia, was drawing to an end. Read Full Article
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