OBIORAHFIELDS.COM | 404-994-6218 | JANUARY 2020
GOOGLE DIDN’T PASS THE BAR EXAM WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BELIEVE ALL THE LEGAL ADVICE YOU READ ON THE INTERNET
D on’t believe everything you read on the internet. It’s a piece of advice everyone thinks they know, but, time and time again, I get clients who decide that some piece of legal information they found online is the gospel truth. Jan. 25 is Opposite Day, and if our firm were to observe that holiday, one piece of advice that I would give clients would be to always trust what they read on the internet — because it’s certainly not something I would tell them any other day of the year. While not everything you read online is false, your primary search results won’t necessarily contain the best or most accurate information about a topic. Many times, they’re just the most searched results, or the results that have paid the right people to be the first result that pops up online when you search for a certain topic. Many people have a false sense of security when they get their info from the top search results, but the fact is, whatever they learn might not be in line with what they could learn from a legal professional. You would think that if someone is calling into or visiting our office they would do so because they’re deferring to our expert opinion on the law. However, plenty of people call in only to eschew our help in favor of some other advice they found themselves. Many people don’t like it when we offer information contrary to what they already think
they know. I once had a gentleman call into our office wondering about the legitimacy of a letter he had received in the mail that said he had won a free car. I told him it was probably a scam. He then proceeded to argue against every objection I made until I finally just told him to go for it. For some reason, that finally got him to agree with me. Anytime a client starts arguing about legal topics with me, I usually just tell them to follow their own advice, and then they’re pretty receptive to what I have to say. their advice. You don’t start telling them what you learned from WebMD and expect them to corroborate it. The same goes for visiting with a lawyer. I don’t mean to sound like I’m calling anybody out or like I’m just complaining about my clients. Danielle When you visit the doctor’s office, you listen to what they say and you follow
and I both spent years in school studying law so we could have the expertise to fight against any injustice our clients face. We can’t do that if everyone takes the word of a random website on the internet over our own. Google has its place, and Wikipedia is great. You can learn a lot from all the sites on the internet, but you have to take the information you find there with a grain of salt. If you want to research your legal situation online, you are absolutely free to do so. It might give you more insight into your situation and help you form some good questions before you visit with an attorney. Just remember it’s our goal to give you the best legal advice possible — and you can trust what we say over your top search result.
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