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10 Ways Lawyers Can Find Valuable Leads

Unless you have throngs of potential clients streaming through your door, chances are you always are looking for effective methods to attract new customers to your legal practice. Marketing your law firm requires creativity and persistence, however, and no one approach will sustain you for long. Here are 10 ways you can bring valuable leads to your firm and build a bigger caseload.

Ask for Referrals

Your current and past clients are your most valuable resource. Don’t be afraid to ask them for referrals and offer a small compensation when the referral leads to new clients. A related strategy is to ask previous clients to leave reviews online that tout your services.

Go to Networking Events

Sure, it may not be your favorite way to spend time, but networking events are a great way to show people that you are an honest, authentic person who can help people in need of legal help. Some good opportunities are bar association events, get-togethers with law school classmates and small-business networking luncheons.

Write Blogs

Your website should be chock full of helpful legal information written in language anyone can understand. By creating approachable blog posts, you allow potential clients to educate themselves about your legal field. You also establish yourself as an expert who is poised to help site visitors resolve their legal issues.

Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

Research shows that 75 percent of people shop online for a lawyer. And it is likely they are using their smart phones to do the browsing. Make sure your website can be seen and used easily on mobile devices.

Send Mail

Handwritten notes and paper correspondence are increasingly rare. You can set your firm apart from the rest by sending follow up letters, thank you notes and other messages that create a personal connection with the recipient. Plus, each piece of marketing collateral creates an appearance of professionalism for your firm.

Solve Problems

Talk to people about their immediate needs, even if they are not law-related, and help them find a solution if you can. For example, if a business owner at a networking event says they are looking for a new retail space, hook him or her up with your favorite commercial real estate agent. The business owner will remember your assistance if he or she ever needs legal help in the future.

Be Strategic About Business Cards

It is a good idea to give out your business cards whenever you can, but a better strategy is to gather other people’s cards. That way, you can be proactive about reaching out to them instead of waiting for them to contact you.

Go Social

For lawyers, using social media platforms is more about name recognition than it is about getting new clients. But if you can use your Twitter feed to engage followers and send them to your website, you have decent chance of getting hired by one of them in the future.

Volunteer

Being active in your community, whether you volunteer to work at a law-related event or you sponsor a local sports team, can help you gain a reputation as an authentic and concerned member of society. People are more likely to trust you and seek your assistance if they meet you in your “regular life” when the stakes are low. Resist the urge to market your firm while you are volunteering. Focus on helping those in need, and your community will take notice.

Be Accessible

Finally, it is vital that people feel they can reach you for advice when they need it. Add a contact form to your website. Be active on social media. Locate your office in a place that is convenient to reach and has available parking. Look for opportunities to speak at events or teach courses at a local community college.

There is no single method that is guaranteed to get new clients for your law firm. By trying several of these ideas, you stand a better chance of adding to your caseload.

6 Facts About Car Accidents in the US 6 Facts About Car Accidents in the US

Millions of car accidents occur every year in the U.S. It seems there are nearly as many adages about safe driving — watch out for the other guy, don’t drive on New Year’s — but what do the numbers say?

The following infographic from 1-800-The-Law2 examines some of the data behind car accidents in the U.S., highlighting the days and cities where the most accidents occur and examining the numbers related to distracted driving and driving under the influence.

 

6 facts about car accidents in the US

Can A Family Member Claim For An Asbestos-Related Disease Diagnosis?

Understanding asbestos-related diseases isn’t easy. While many illnesses are caused by lifestyle choices of the individual, asbestos-related diseases are caused due to consistent exposure to asbestos.

What are Asbestos Related Diseases?

Asbestos is a heat-resistant and durable material which until 1999 was used in many industries including construction and engineering, mostly as an insulant.

However, it is also a very fragile material with potentially lethal fibres. Diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma are caused from consistently inhaling asbestos fibres, which then sit on the lungs.

There are a number of problems with mesothelioma and asbestosis, particularly in the diagnosis stage. One issue is that mesothelioma can take as long as 50 years to develop after the initial asbestos contact.

Another issue is that it shares many of the same symptoms of other lung related illnesses, which often leads to misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, both of which are of little help to the individual.

This is one of the reasons survival rates of mesothelioma are among the lowest of any cancer. Cancer Research UK figures show that on average 46 out of every 100 men diagnosed survive at least one year. However, only 6 in every 100 will survive five years or more.

Compensation Claims

Because the vast majority of people who are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease obtained it through working conditions, they are entitled to compensation from their previous employer.

However, one of the obvious problems is tracking down a previous employer, especially as mesothelioma takes as long as 50 years to develop. So, can you still claim compensation from a previous employer even if their business no longer exists? Simply put, YES.

We spoke to compensation experts Asbestos Advice Helpline who told us, “In order to gain compensation, you only need to track down the insurer of your previous employer. If they aren’t in business, their records will be.

“In 2011 the insurance industry created the Employers’ Liability tracking Office which is basically a massive database of all insurance policies across a number of industries. A good solicitor will be able to track these down for you and enable you to start proceedings.”

Even if despite your best efforts you cannot track down the insurance records, in the UK you can apply for a government compensation scheme.

Claim Worth

Even though money can never make up for the suffering of a loved one, it’s always good to know what is potentially available to you. A government study from 2014 suggests that the average claim payout ranges between £137,000-£153,000, however, it isn’t unusual to see a claim higher.

If you cannot track down a previous employer, the government scheme mentioned earlier will generally bring a payout in the region of £115,000-£123,000.

Claiming as Family

A claim is normally made via the person who is diagnosed as it is the individual who deserves compensation as a result of their employers.

However, if the worst does happen and a loved one passes away because of an asbestos-related disease, how do you go about claiming as their family?

Providing they were diagnosed with mesothelioma for example, or mesothelioma is found to be the cause of death then you can make a claim, in the same way that you would if they had been alive.

There is a blanket rule in place which states that claims must be made within three years of a diagnosis or within three years of a loved one’s death, otherwise the claim becomes void.

What do people do for their family

Family is one of the reasons why we are in this world. This world is not good to anyone. It will give you a hard time without any expectation, but in all of that hardship, you have a family who supports you in every kind of problem. You go out and work hard. First, there are hardships in finding the job and after that there are issues of boss in the office. This is how difficult life is. We all have friends at a certain period of time and after graduation, they all are gone like they never existed in the first place. The one and the only thing that stays when you grow up is family. No matter what happens, they will always be there to support you.

This is the reason why most of the people like to do a lot for their families. Some like to save so much money so that they can provide their family a better lifestyle than theirs. Some do double jobs to fulfill the needs of their families and children. We all want the security of our family in every way. Some people hire maids which help the women in the household. They have drivers, gardener, hence they hire different people to do different tasks for their family. People who are rich also have automatic doors which ensure the safety of their family when they are not home.

We can compromise on each and everything, but there should be no compromise on the health of your family. This is the only thing you can’t buy with your money, so try to save this precious gift of nature in every way. Children are not sensible enough to make a difference between what is wrong or right. They will probably demand things that are not good for their healthy just because of their shinny packing and beautiful colors. Eating such things will harm your stomach and you will need to have a stomach wash after that. They are not suitable for the health of anyone. After that you have to rush to your doctor and tell him so to something. Sometimes doctors are no so cooperative with their patients. They end up giving them wrong medicines because they never took their case seriously. Those medicines then cause the side effects which are worse than the actual problem.

There are so many cases reported in the developing countries in which doctor gives wrong medicine for the patients with fever and flu and they end up getting liver cancer because of them. This is not how things work. You need to do something about this. If you have any kind of doctor like this around you, you need to complain The Medical Negligence Experts. They will help you fight the case and won’t charge you any money until you get the compensation money from him. If you are interested, call them now or visit their website, fill the form and wait for their call.

The Canadian Immigration Law

Canada, the second largest country in the world is known as the land of opportunity. Immigrants from Europe, Asia, and United Kingdom have come and settled here during the past decades. You can get in touch with an immigration consultant in Canada for more information.

The Canadian Immigration Law

The law makes provision for all kinds of people to migrate to Canada. Students, jobseekers, businessmen and complete families, if they fulfil basic requirements can come and stay in Canada. In fact about one sixth of the current population was born outside Canadian borders.

The underlying aim of the law is to admit foreign nationals into Canada and define their rights, duties and responsibilities. A flourishing economy, job opportunities and an inclusive culture makes Canada a favourable place for immigrants to settle down.

According to a recent report (also published online) the number of study permit holders, temporary permit holders and permanent permit holders has increased phenomenally during the period 2015-2016.

The Canadian federal and provincial governments offer about 60 immigration programs. There are clearly defined categories under which students, professionals, workers (skilled and unskilled), and dependents can make applications.

Example of Canadian Immigration Programs

  • Skilled Worker
  • Family Class Sponsorship
  • Investors and Entrepreneurs
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Quebec Experience Class
  • Provincial Nomination Program
  • Express Entry
  • Refugees and Asylum
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System

 
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

CIC helps bolster Canada’s immigration program, which is one of its kind, and supposedly the most favourable; when compared to immigration policies of other countries. People can come in as both temporary and permanent residents. For either category applicants have to conform to the admissibility policies.

The CIC gets all its directives from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. The policies though undergo periodic changes but the root policies are drawn from Citizenship Act 1977 and Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)

This statute was introduced in the year 2002; and it replaced the Immigration Act 1976. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations are also important. Immigration consultants and immigration officers also have to take cognizance of the Citizenship Act.

The primary objective of the Act with reference to immigration is, to support the development of a prosperous economy. The idea is to ensure that all regions across Canada benefit from the advantages of encouraging immigration. The idea is to encourage trade, commerce, and education, cultural and scientific activities. Immigration should facilitate domestic and international Canadian interests. Among the goals of IRPA family reunification and compliance with humanitarian treaties are as important as economic growth.