Law Pivot offers a unique service that allows users to get advice from real lawyers at no cost. The way the service works is by giving the user the opportunity to pose a question. The question can be very specific to their situation. The user then adds up to five tags to the question so that the site can select the right lawyers that are experts in the necessary fields to answer the question. The user can also add pre-requisite items to avoid a conflict of interest. For example, the lawyer could not view the user’s question if they are representing the other party. This can be listed as well and is reviewed before the lawyer can see the question posted. Next, the user chooses lawyers presented by the site who are a good match to provide an answer. Law Pivot recommends choosing multiple lawyers so the user has a better chance of getting a timely answer. Lawyers can then respond and both parties can discuss back and forth if clarification is needed.
Law Pivot is based in Silicon Valley, California and was founded in 2009 by Jay Mandal and Nitin Gupta. Steven Kam currently holds the title of Vice President of Engineering and Nitin Gupta is Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The site was intended to give users a way to get their legal questions answered. It also allows lawyers to get in touch with users by answering questions. If the interaction goes well, the user is encouraged to consider hiring the lawyer who assisted them. The site still works the same way, helping users and lawyers find one another to resolve legal issues.
Law Pivot offers a service that is not a common find on the internet. Users can get no commitment legal answers and meet with real lawyers who they can hire. Asking a question does not force the user into hiring a lawyer. Users receive real, honest answers and lawyers have the opportunity to show that they can assist users and can possibly gain clients out of the transaction.
The Law Pivot website has an appealing, yet highly professional design that really works considering its legal focus. A black, grey and white banner quickly describes how transactions work using stylish silhouettes of people. Users can also see a featured list of lawyers available on the site through full color thumbnail images.
To become a Law Pivot member, a user can click on the green “Get Started – Free Trial!” button found at the top of the homepage. The site is currently offering a free trial membership to companies in California until the end of November. California lawyers can join up for free anytime. The form provided is a request to join Law Pivot rather than an official registration form. The form asks for a first and last name, whether the user is a lawyer or company, a business email address and the name of the user’s company or firm.
Law Pivot doesn’t provide much information for users regarding cost. Although any California lawyer can join for free, the site doesn’t provide a fee schedule or subscription rate for companies who join. There is a free trial offered to all California companies through the end of November 2010, however the site does not provide details about what the membership will cost after the free trial period is up.
Law Pivot is ideal for California lawyers looking for more clients as well as California companies that may need some legal advice. By allowing the user to ask a question and get an answer, Law Pivot helps users ease into possibly hiring the lawyer. Even if they decide not to hire, the user still receives an educated response to their legal concerns.