I am an expert. You are an expert. Bob is an expert. So long as something is on the web and it has an opinion, it is an expert. Unfortunately, though, many attorneys underutilize the web and its vast availability of expertness. A prime example is PollDaddy, underutilized by attorneys in their day-to-day legal work. That needs to change.
Let’s say your client is in your office and you have a rather dicey plea decision to make. Your client, wanted by immigration, is accused of an aggravated assault involving a nunchuk and gasoline. Should he plead to the aggravated assault in return for a lesser sentence, or should he plead to one count of agg assault in return for dismissal of another? Maybe he should just go to trial. Hard choice. But, with online polls, the choice really becomes fun and interactive for you, as well as educational for the client. A few minutes on PollDaddy and you’ve got something like this, easily passed around on Twitter or Facebook or posted on the home page of your law firm’s web site:
Within a few hours, you’ll have a solid answer to your legal conundrum. Not convinced? Remember, today’s social media is about collaboration, petting each other’s egos, and crowdsourcing your problems. Why not extend it to your client’s problems? It’s totally win-win.
Still not convinced? OK, one more example. Let’s say your client is seeking custody of his eight-year-old son in a nasty divorce case. He’s got a live-in girlfriend who has a slight meth problem but she is otherwise partially employed and can be stable when called upon. There’s a custody evaluator coming to your client’s apartment next week. Your advice? Pretty hard to figure out, isn’t it? Not if you spend five minutes on PollDaddy and crowdsource it like this:
As you can see, online polls promise to make your thought processes and decisions more streamlined and efficient. And public. Try it out. Take one of our polls or create your own. You’ll soon realize that the expertness out there is real, palpable, and easily calculated. Good luck!