Posted Aug 22, 2012 03:23 pm CDT
LawZam, a new online video chat service, aims to let potential clients and lawyers get to know each other in a virtual world before retaining them in real life.
The new service, launched in June, has signed up 325 attorneys to give free consultations to would-be clients, according to co-founder and attorney Claudio Dunkelman, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.
While one legal ethics expert warned of possible negligent recommendations from poorly screened third-party attorneys, Dunkelman see the service as a way to connect lawyers and clients in a tough economic market.
“Lawyers are available for people to find out whether it’s a good fit,” Dunkelman told the NLJ. “It’s really a starting point.”
The service is free for users and practice areas include personal injury, foreclosures and employment matters.