There are about 1,315,561 lawyers in the United States, and employment of lawyers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Still, some people are foregoing the chance for professional legal advice in order to use free smartphone apps intended to provide some legal clarity. While it's a no-brainer that a human lawyer beats a smartphone lawyer any day, there's no telling when an app designed to provide legal knowledge may actually come in handy. With that being said, here's part one of our guide that will explore some smartphone apps that provide legal advice.
Ask A Lawyer
Ask A Lawyer is an app designed to provide a simple method to connect with a lawyer and get basic advice on a number of legal topics. The best way to use this app is to enter your location and legal category, and the app will provide a list of lawyers in which you can then connect and chat with. This app in a great idea in theory, but users say it often takes a long time to get connected to a lawyer and there is the potential for bugs along the way. And of course, you won't get the in-depth advice you'd get from meeting with a real criminal defense lawyer in Clackamas County.
As a mini law library, Fastcase is a great app to use as a quick reference on countless legal topics. You can look up cases for any state as well as the federal government using citations, keywords, and statute collections. There are many different search options designed to give you the most specificity with your results. You can also save the cases you need for later viewing and revisit your recent searches.
Although this app sounds useful, users say it has its fair share of potential problems. First, you'll have to make an account to access the cases and statutes. Cases are also sometimes not saved correctly, and a number of other bugs could occur as well. Finally, while this type of app may be helpful to law school students, paralegals, and lawyers, most laypeople don't need to look up obscure statutes and case histories.
Ultimately, these are just a few smartphone apps designed to provide legal advice. Again, discussing your legal needs with a human criminal defense lawyer in Clackamas County is always the best way to get personalized and reliable legal advice. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more apps that can provide helpful legal knowledge, and for more information about DUII lawyers, contact Rhett Bernstein.