About Legal “Self-Help” Services
Imagine that have sharp abdominal pain. It’s nearly unbearable and your gut tells you to go the hospital. But you know that’s going to be expensive, so instead you do a quick Google search for “sharp abdominal pain” and find a list of possible problems:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Kidney stone
These diagnoses are disparate from each other, but appendicitis sounds like it fits your symptoms. Your neighbor dissected a frog in high school, so you call him to come do a quick appendectomy (they’re routine…what can go wrong?). But what if your pain is just a little indigestion from something you ate at lunch. Some ginger ale could be the answer instead of invasive surgery.
The internet is a great resource for a wealth of information, but it’s only a starting point for information that can affect your life, your business or your ability to earn a living. This is true for medical websites as much as it is for legal websites. If you want to save a few dollars using a do-it-yourself website, consider what they tell you in their small print:
- We can give you possible tools to help you, but we cannot give you real legal advice;
- Our site is in no way a proper substitute for legal assistance;
- The laws change quickly, so we’re unable to provide the most current, accurate, or up-to-date material;
- We are unable to establish an attorney-client relationship with you because we’re not attorneys.