May 27, 2013

Lawdingo – Ask a Lawyer For Help

Lawdingo is a web-application that people can use to find qualified lawyers in their local areas, and in some cases even solicit legal advice online. By starting phone conversations through the Lawdingo platform, users can get advice on specific legal questions for a low flat rate (and sometimes even for free).

Browse through Lawdingo’s list of lawyers in your area, filtered by location, practice area, and key attributes (like available, cheap, expensive, or brainy). If you’re still overwhelmed by the number of lawyers who come up, you can filter your list even more by submitting the questions you’re hoping to answer. Describe your legal situation to start a conversation — entering something simple and straightforward, like “I need to create a will,” for example. While your inquiry is being processed, Lawdingo will offer you a list of attorneys with available appointments in your city or state. Each attorney profile shows that person’s available appointments, practice specialties, experience, and fees. Type your question into the “Ask” bar on a specific attorney’s profile to get that person’s take on the issue, or click the “Talk Now” button to start a phone consultation right away.

Enter your credit card information and verify the cost of a phone consultation with the attorney you’ve selected. Although many attorneys offer a free 15 or 30-minute chat, additional time is usually billed by the minute. In this short amount of time, you should be able to get basic legal questions answered, or learn enough about the attorney you’re speaking with to decide whether to continue the conversation in person.

Practical Uses:

  • Find a qualified personal injury attorney in your town
  • Learn about the steps involved in creating an estate plan
  • Ask an attorney whether it sounds like you have a good case against your neighbor
  • Search for a divorce lawyer who has available appointments that day

Insider Tips:

  • Many attorneys offer free 15, 30, or 60-minute phone consultations
  • Users are required to enter their credit card information before calling an attorney
  • Attorneys can connect Lawdingo to their Google Calendars for appointment scheduling
  • Attorneys only need to respond to typed inquiries when they think they can help

What we liked:

  • Users have the option to take their conversations outside the Lawdingo platform
  • In-app reviews help people filter out lawyers who aren’t very helpful
  • Lawdingo is a great way for attorneys to get their names out to prospective clients
  • Attorneys can earn extra money when they take calls on the fly

What we didn’t like:

  • Lawdingo isn’t available in every state
  • Lawdingo charges attorneys a monthly fee to use its platform


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Nikhil Nirmel
  • Web site:


  • Clients can browse attorney profiles for free
  • Attorneys pay a $92/month membership fee

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