If you’re looking for an attorney in Virginia start with the Virginia State Bar Association. What is a State Bar Association? A State Bar Association is an organization that certifies lawyers to practice law in each state. Generally, attorneys will take a bar exam that tests their legal knowledge. Upon passing the exam the attorney is allowed to practice law in the state. This testing process is good for the general public as you know you will be dealing with an attorney who is qualified. State Bar Associations have online directories of attorneys and so if you’re looking for an attorney you may want to go the state bar website. Here is the website for the Virginia Bar Association.
To use the state bar association website to find a lawyer click on the “For the Public” tab. This opens a directory of attorneys in Virginia. One of the problems in using a State Bar Association website to find an attorney is that it can be time consuming. The website is often used for other purposes such as communicating to lawyers, doing public relations and marketing to the general public. So you may have to do some searching and spend sometime looking through the site.
We’ve all seen yellow pages ads for attorneys. If you go to back of almost any phone book you’ll see an ad for an attorney. We’ve called these ads before. Once we’ve explained our specific case which is very small and not much money we get sent away. Another place we often see advertising for attorneys is on bill boards. We’ve all seen 1-800 Divorce type advertising. Generally lawyers who advertise in this manner are high volume attorneys who offer a fixed price for specific types of cases such as divorce. You’ll simply call the number.
If you’re looking for an attorney or want to find a lawyer to ask legal questions, go to Avvo.com. What is Avvo.com? Avvo.com is a website to help you find an attorney and get legal advice. Your other options to find an attorney are the yellow pages or go to the state bar association websites. Go to the bottom of this page to find the websites for attorneys in California, New York and Florida. But we think Avvo.com is faster and easier to find a lawyer. We’ve used it for employment matters and traffic tickets.
Here is a partial list below. But you’ll want to go to the Avvo.com site to see if your question is covered.