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10 “Tricks” to Keeping Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Posted on Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 9:50 am    

By Karley G. Michels
glow-lightsIt’s that time of year again! All of the little ghosts, goblins (or ninja turtles) of the neighborhood will be at your doorstep asking for a sweet treat tonight. According to The Globe and Mail, most parents consider letting their kids trick-or-treat by themselves on Halloween night around the ages of 9 and 10. Allowing them to take off by themselves (in the dark) can generate a great deal of worry for a parent on Halloween night. And let’s face it, the adults want to have fun too, so here are 10 tricks (pun intended) that can help you worry less about your little creatures on Halloween night.

  1. Have them wear (or carry) something reflective – Especially if they insist on wearing an all-black costume. Get creative: use reflective tape from the hardware store to stick across their candy bags or buckets. Wearing or carrying something reflective is a great way to keep your little one in sight of neighborhood-intruding vehicles. Bright costumes are always a good idea.
  2. Give them glow sticks! – Who doesn’t like a good glow stick? They’re cheap and keep your child visible in the dark.
  3. face paintingHave your child carry a flashlight – Put it to use after it gets dark! This can be great for locating objects on the ground that can cause them to trip and fall.
  4. Eat no treats until an adult checks them – Check all of your child’s candy before allowing them to eat it. Throw out all candy with torn or open packages. If it looks suspicious, don’t eat it!
  5. Don’t eat homemade treats – Unless you absolutely know and trust the person handing them out, don’t chance it!
  6. Check ingredients on candy wrappers – If your child has a dye or nut allergy, it is important to check the ingredients before they eat the candy.
  7. Masks block vision! – Consider non-toxic face paint in place of a mask.
  8. Walk on sidewalks – Keep your kids safe by teaching them to walk on the sidewalk as far away from the street as possible and to always look both ways before crossing the street.
  9. Keep your little ones close by – If you think your child should not be able to walk the neighborhood by themselves, keep them close.
  10. Use the Buddy System – If your kids are old enough to walk without an adult, make sure they have a friend to walk with. Tell them to watch out for each other and stay safe!

Halloween night should be a fun and exciting night for kids of all ages. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take every precautious measure there is in the book to make sure your child is safe during the event. Happy Halloween from Lawrence & Associates!


The Dayton, Ohio Red-Light Camera Dispute – What do I Need to Know?

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 11:21 am    

The following post is part of our Law Student Blog Writing Project, and is authored by Caitlin DiCrease, a law student from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

What is the law on Red-Light Cameras in Ohio?

Speeding and the running of red lights are two of the most common traffic violations across the United States. In order to combat these problems, many cities installed cameras on roadways and in intersections that would take photos or videos of vehicles committing traffic violations. Law enforcement would review the tapes and ticket the vehicles that were recorded doing something illegal, such as moving above the posted speed limit or running a stop-light. The tickets would then be mailed to the individual listed on the vehicle’s registration. These cameras have been challenged in several states – people believe they are inaccurate, not cost-effective, are intended only to catch more speeders and increase police revenues from tickets, and that they could even infringe upon constitutional rights. Those who favor the cameras say that they free up police officers’ time, so that they no longer need to spend as much time catching traffic violators and can focus on more serious crimes.

Red-light cameras, those posted at intersections to catch drivers who run red-lights, are currently permitted in twenty-one states. Ohio cities, including Dayton, had been using red-light cameras in the early 2000s to ticket drivers who committed traffic violations. People who had been ticked by the use of the red-light cameras brought lawsuits, claiming that the use of red-light cameras was unlawful. In 2008, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that traffic camera use is legal, citing the “home-rule” authority of Ohio municipalities. Home-rule authority is the right of a local government to regulate actions within its boundaries in order to protect the public. This protection includes police activities, such as preventing car accidents by enforcing traffic laws and speed limits. As a result of this case, cities were told that they were permitted to install traffic cameras if they chose to do so. The court again ruled that the use of traffic cameras was legal in 2015.

However, in 2014, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 342, which created new regulations for the use of traffic cameras across the state of Ohio. The regulation at the heart of the red-light camera issue is the requirement that a full-time police officer must be present where the traffic cameras are operating. In order to obey the new law, cities would have to station a police officer at each intersection where a red-light camera was being used. This would be very costly for cities and would make the red-light cameras much less valuable to law enforcement. As a result, many cities stopped their red-light camera programs. The 2014 law carries additional costly requirements, such as a lengthy study of traffic conditions at each site where a camera is to be installed prior to installation of the traffic camera.

What Happened in Dayton?

Dayton, Ohio had begun installing and using red-light cameras in 2002. There are more than three dozen traffic cameras in Dayton, which were used to catch both red-light and speed violations. When the Ohio General Assembly passed its 2014 law limiting the use of red-light cameras and requiring a police officer be present when the camera is in use, the city of Dayton filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio.

Dayton argues that the law is unconstitutional because it violates the city’s home-rule authority. Dayton also argues that the 2014 law was created to impose impossibly harsh burdens on states that wanted to use traffic cameras so that the cities would stop using the cameras. The attorneys for the city believe that this law is an illegal use of the state’s power to regulate the city’s ability to control local policing and regulation of traffic laws. They also claim that the cost of completing traffic studies and paying police to physically monitor the areas where cameras are installed is too high, and defeats the purpose of the cameras. The city says that the 2014 law creates an effective ban on traffic cameras by making their use far too costly to be productive.

Meanwhile, the state of Ohio argues that the 2014 law was intended to create a uniform framework for automated traffic camera use across the state. The lawyers for Ohio claim that the Ohio Constitution only grants limited policing powers to cities under their home-rule authority, and that a uniform law governing the use of traffic cameras is beneficial to Ohio citizens. They say it would be confusing for drivers to have different traffic regulations in each city that they drive through. The state argues that, much like a city would be unable to use blue stop signs, it should not be able to use traffic cameras in a way that is different from other areas of the state.
The case is currently being considered by the Ohio Supreme Court. The court will rule on the Dayton case, as well as similar cases involving traffic cameras in the cities of Springfield and Toledo.

What will the Ohio Supreme Court do?

Hopefully, the court will rule on the whether or not the 2014 law is constitutional so that cities across the state know the standard requirements for traffic camera usage. While it is impossible to know exactly how the court will rule on the Dayton case, the Ohio Supreme Court has issued earlier rulings in 2008 and 2015 stating that the use of traffic cameras in Ohio is legal. It is possible that the court will find the 2014 law to be an unconstitutional infringement on a city’s home-rule authority and ability to implement programs for the safety of the public. However, the state’s arguments in favor of a statewide, uniform regulation for the use of traffic cameras may be convincing enough for the court to rule in favor of the city of Dayton.

Oral arguments in Dayton v. State were heard by the justices of the Ohio Supreme Court on January 10, 2017. The justices will take time to consider their decision and issue a ruling. Typically, the Ohio Supreme Court takes four to six months to release decisions, so a ruling on the Dayton red-light camera issue is likely to be published between May and July of 2017.

What do I Need to Know About Red-Light Camera Use in Ohio?

Currently, most cities in Ohio are not using red-light cameras because of the cost of having a police officer present at the camera locations while the cameras are in use. This means that you are unlikely to be ticketed by a traffic camera in the state of Ohio, however, there are some areas that are still using select red-light cameras. If you were recently ticketed by a red-light camera, a police officer was required to be physically present in the immediate area for the ticket to be valid. If the city has not complied with the 2014 requirements, you can challenge your ticket successfully.

However, if the Ohio Supreme Court strikes down the requirements, cities will again use traffic cameras to ticket people for speeding and running stop-lights. At that point, cities will likely add more traffic cameras to record traffic violations, and if you speed or run a light in view of one of these cameras, you will be ticketed. Drivers should keep an eye out for the court’s decision, and, as always, you should drive carefully and legally for the protection of yourself and those around you.


Legal Fee Arbitration — Knowing Your Rights as a Lawyer

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 11:53 am    

Follow the link to read Justin Lawrence’s most recent article in The Advocate, educating Kentucky attorneys about Kentucky’s fee arbitration system that acts as an alternative to costly civil suits over legal fees.

Legal Fee Arbitration — Knowing Your Rights as a Lawyer


Client Appreciation for Renee Chase

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 2:35 pm    

Renee Chase, one of our valued Workers’ Compensation paralegals, recently received a surprise bouquet of flowers from a grateful client.  Lawrence & Associates values customer service and encourages employees to go the extra mile to help our clients through trying times.  Renee does a wonderful job, and our clients clearly appreciate her.

Thank you Renee!

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Join Us as We Restore Trees in Buena Vista Park

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 7:28 am    

buenavistaparkIn the fall of 2015, vandals destroyed newly planted saplings at the Buena Vista Park in Newport, Kentucky. Lawrence & Associates heard about this criminal act through the Newport Parks Renaissance Commission’s Facebook posts, and offered to help. After six months of planning and a short winter, we are ready to help the Newport Parks Renaissance Commission re-plant the trees and restore the park.

The attorneys and staff of Lawrence & Associates will be donating their time and money to help the Newport Parks Renaissance Commission enhance the beauty of Buena Vista Park in Newport Kentucky.

Justin L. Lawrence, owner-operator of Lawrence & Associates, vouched to personally help with a donation and his own two hands when he was notified that multiple trees of Buena Vista Park had been destroyed by vandals. Since his initial pledge, multiple other members of Lawrence & Associates’ staff have now also pledged their time to restoring these trees and improving the park.

We ask that you please stop by Buena Vista Park, W 12th Street, Newport, Kentucky 41017 on April 9, 2016 at 9:00am to show your support for these wonderful volunteers.


Social Media and Lawsuits – What You Say Can Be Used Against You by a Defense Attorney

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 12:39 pm    

The American Association for Justice creates Trial Magazine, which discusses best practices for trial attorneys and their clients. A recent article on the use of social media by litigants gave ten excellent pointers.

socialmediaFor years, judges have allowed defense attorneys to look at social media accounts. Although this may not seem like a big deal at first (don’t teenagers allow everyone to see what they are doing on social media, all the time?), it can get very invasive. For example, let’s say you have a Facebook account that is set to private so no one can see what you post unless they are a friend. Then let’s say you were hurt in a car accident, and you sent instant messages to a friend on Facebook about the accident, but did not post about the accident on your wall. American case law says defense attorneys can force you to turn over the password for your entire Facebook account, and that the defense attorney can look through every instant message in the account and at every post you ever made to your wall, even if they have nothing to do with the car accident!

By comparison, when police enter a criminal’s home they are only allowed to look in the exact areas that a judge has specified in a subpoena – if the allegation is that they make meth in their basement, the police can go to the basement but may not be able to go through the bedroom drawers. In other words, Facebook users in a car accident have less of a right to online privacy from defense attorneys than meth manufacturers do from the police.

With that in mind, here are ten tips from the American Association for Justice to preserve your online privacy and still have a shot at getting justice in a lawsuit:

  1. Archive the contents of your current accounts – don’t just delete things; make sure there is a backup. Most social media sites will give you directions on how to do this.
  2. Deactivate or stop using your social media accounts. If you can’t deactivate, then after you archive you should delete any information about your injury.
  3. Turn on the highest privacy settings – make sure only your friends can see your information.
  4. Know who your friends are! Make lists of close friends and, if you are going to post during your lawsuit, only post to those close friends. Also, don’t accept random friend requests from people you don’t know.
  5. Become invisible by selecting “only friends” under the “search visibility” option in Facebook. Google Plus has a similar feature by unchecking the box for “Public Search Listing”.
  6. Remove all photos of yourself that are not head shots. Defense lawyers will use your private photos at trial!
  7. Anything you write can be used against you. What seems like a funny joke on Facebook might not seem too funny in a courtroom, and sarcasm doesn’t always come through! Think before you post.
  8. Keep all computers, tablets, or cell phones until the trial is over, even if you get a new one. Defense lawyers sometimes accuse you of destroying evidence if you don’t keep these.
  9. Don’t send messages about the case through instant messenger. Ever.
  10. Don’t join websites or web chat groups, even if they are about the law. Defense lawyers are allowed to troll these sites to try to pick up damaging information about you!

Lawrence & Associates – A Tech Savvy Law Firm

Lawrence & Associates is up to date on technological advances, and as a result we offer better protection from intrusive defense attorneys to our clients than many other firms. If you or someone you know had an accident in Kentucky but lives elsewhere, please do not hesitate to contact Lawrence & Associates for more information and assistance. We are Working Hard for the Working Class, and we can help!


Spotlight On Pete Tripp

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 at 9:28 am    

Learn more about Pete Tripp, the Senior Associate at Lawrence & Associates

Pete-TrippHow long have you been in practice?

Since 2012. I have been with Lawrence and associates since early 2015. I am admitted in Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to practicing law, my career was in sales, and retail management.

Describe your area of practice.

I head the workers’ compensation practice at Lawrence and Associates, which takes about seventy percent of my time. I practice personal injury, which takes about twenty five percent of my time, the remainder is spent on developing employees and the law office to promote an efficient client-driven organization.

Why did you choose these practice areas?

I would say they chose me. I always wanted to be a litigator, my late father in law was a judge in Ohio, and I excelled in trial advocacy at law school. I represented the law school on the national trial team, helping fill the trophy cabinet along the way. I now teach that class as an adjunct professor. Specifically I chose my position at Lawrence & Associates based on my background. I already had experience as a personal injury attorney with a large Ohio firm, and I had worked in workers’ compensation as a defense attorney for a couple of years before transitioning to exclusively representing injured people.

What attracted you to these areas of practice?

A sense of justice. I have seen first-hand many occasions where the insurance company holds all the cards and the injured worker gets a bad outcome. This simply did not sit well with my personality. I prefer to fight for the injured party rather than protect the wallets of insurance companies. I bring my experience from defense work to aid the injured worker, and to me that feels like it is the right thing to do. I became a lawyer to help people. At Lawrence & Associates, that is the goal. So these practice areas help me achieve that in a firm that shares my ideals.

What makes you or your practice stand out?

Commitment, determination, and advocacy. I begin every case as if it is going to trial. By doing so, we are better prepared to fight for our clients. Because I have a management background, I bring business experience that is simply not taught to lawyers and I use that to make the firm more efficient. The end goal is rapid results-driven recoveries for our clients.

What is the biggest success you have had?

I don’t believe attorneys should look at cases as their successes. The focus should be on whether the client considers the case a success. I suppose the biggest success I have had is in developing a team that believes the goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations. If the client is happy, I’m happy.

What is your favorite part of running your practice?

When a client breathes that sigh of relief because they know we are there for them. I tell my clients that it is my job to worry about their cases, so they don’t have to.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Big insurance companies. They have all the money, and a system in place that quickly operates against the injured person when they choose to deny a claim. I know what to do when the system turns against my client, but I try to stop that happening in the first place when I can. That is always a challenge,

Do you have any special education, background or skills? What unique talents do you bring to your practice?

I was a person before I was a lawyer! My background includes over a decade of management experience and I bring that experience to my client’s cases. My career has taken me from London, England to the USA with an almost two year spell in Warsaw, Poland in between. Living in other countries gives you other perspectives. I use those perspectives when I strategize over a case. I hold teaching and training qualifications, which hone my skills as a negotiator, I use them to get the best deals I can for my clients.

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

Never give up. My Dad.


Tort Reform, and How It Hurts Us

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 8:24 am    

KY_State_CapitolRumor has it that tort reform will be on the legislative agenda in Kentucky in 2016, based on leaks from Matt Bevin’s transition team meetings. Tort reform is great for insurance companies, but hurts average state citizens. To get an idea of how much it can hurt an average citizen, Lawrence & Associates is going to share a current case study (with the identifying data removed or rounded) that compares how an injured person can be compensated in Ohio for medical bills, and in Kentucky for the same medical bills.

Lawrence & Associates’ Client, His Injuries, and His Medical Bills

Our client, Mr. W, was injured while driving his car. He had a leg amputated and a hip fractured, and had extensive therapy so he could re-learn how to walk. After a thorough police investigation, the other driver was found to be at fault. Fortunately, the other driver had excellent automobile insurance, with policy limits high enough to cover all of Mr. W’s medical bills.

Mr. W has over $850,000.00 in medical bills. He had health insurance that paid about $100,000.00 of the medical bills, leaving the other $750,000.00 to be written off. In Ohio, they have enacted tort reform. As part of that tort reform, Ohio’s case law Robinson v. Bates states that the automobile insurance policy for the at-fault driver only has to pay the $100,000.00 that was paid by the health insurance company. In Kentucky, there is no tort reform. Kentucky’s case, Baptist Healthcare v. Miller, says that the at-fault driver has to pay the full $850,000.00 in medical bills. (Bear in mind that, in any event, there is enough insurance coverage to pay all the medical bills, so the driver himself would not be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars). What happens to the $750,000.00 when you cross the border from Kentucky to Ohio is the essence of tort reform.

Who Profits from Tort Reform?

How can two neighboring states reach such totally different positions on such a simple issue? It would seem obvious that the medical bills should be paid by the insurance policy. That is, after all, why we have insurance. However, years of lobbying dollars by insurance companies has muddled that logic and created a huge windfall for these multi-billion dollar businesses.

Kentucky adheres to the “common law,” developed over the centuries from the founding of America, while Ohio uses statutes passed within the last decade. In Kentucky, the logic of the common law is that someone that does something wrong should have to pay to fix what they did wrong. Thus, someone that causes $850,000.00 in medical bills should have to pay the full amount. If the injured person has health insurance that takes care of the medical bills, then the injured person gets the benefit of both policies. If there is a windfall, then Kentucky says Mr. W should get the windfall as part of his compensation for losing his leg.

Ohio’s statutes, on the other hand, were passed with the goal of limiting anyone’s right to recover in court, and most especially seriously injured people like Mr. W. Ohio says that the person who did something wrong only has to pay for that wrong to the extent that the injured person has to re-pay his or her insurance company to cover the bill. So if Mr. W’s insurance policy covers $100,000.00 and Mr. W has to pay that back, then automobile insurance company for the person who hurt Mr. W only has to pay $100,000.00. In Ohio, the windfall goes to the insurance company that has cleverly avoided paying $750,000.00 in damages.

Is Tort Reform Right for Kentucky?

All of us who drive on the road have the potential to be Mr. W. That is an ugly fact, but a true one, so we all must ask ourselves whether Kentucky or Ohio is right. When one person hurts another person, does the first person have the duty to pay the second person for the full amount of the damages? Put another way, should the other driver’s automobile insurance company have paid for all the medical bills Mr. W received when he lost his leg? Tort reform says no, that the car insurance company should keep the money. At Lawrence & Associates, we respectfully suggest that everyone in Kentucky should call their state legislator and express serious concern about Mr. W’s case happening again and again, right here in Kentucky.

If you have been involved in an accident, please contact us. We’ve helped thousands of people recover for their injuries, and our testimonials reflect the quality of our work. We are working hard for the working class, and we want to work for you. Call today!


Spotlight on Danielle Rodriguez

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 11:39 am    

Learn more about Danielle Rodriguez, an Associate at Lawrence & Associates

rodriguez-350How long have you been in practice?

I have been with the Firm since July 2015. Prior to practicing law, I taught in public and private education for 8 years.

Describe your area of practice.

I currently focus on Bankruptcy and Personal Injury. I also do some Social Security Disability law.

Why did you choose this area of practice?

I went to law school because I understand how frustrating and scary it can be to face a legal situation with no understanding of the legal field. After watching family and friends struggle with divorce, bankruptcy, and automobile accidents, I decided that I wanted to be able to help others who face that sense of helplessness. I enjoy extending some peace of mind to my clients and helping them see a light at the end of the tunnel.

What attracted you to this area of practice?

As a teacher, I constantly interacted with students and families. I enjoyed those relationships and wanted to practice in an area of law that would facilitate similar connections with my clients. I never would have enjoyed working in a corporate office without face-to-face meetings and regular phone calls. In each of the areas I practice, I am able to develop strong relationships with clients, and that ultimately helps me advocate on their behalf in a more meaningful way.

What makes you or your practice stand out?

We make personal connections with our clients and their struggles become our own. Client satisfaction is truly important to us—this is one reason why clients are able to speak to their attorneys when they call and receive reply emails promptly.

What is the biggest success you have had?

I feel that every success is an important piece to the overall puzzle. Whether it is as simple as offering assurance to a nervous client or finding solutions to problems that impede a bankruptcy, I am always satisfied to close a case and know that I helped.

What is your favorite part of running your practice?

I love telling clients that, “We’ll take this from here. You don’t need to worry about it anymore.”

What are the biggest challenges you face?

It is important to me to be available to my clients when they need me. Managing emails and phone calls in a timely manner sometimes requires that I come in on weekends and evenings, especially when I’ve been kept out during the day for Court. Although it takes some creative time management, it is a continued priority of mine. I have had several clients express amazement when I returned their phone calls late into the evening or on a Saturday. When a client chooses me or any other Lawrence & Associates attorney, they aren’t just choosing a 9-5 representative.

Do you have any special education, background or skills? What unique talents do you bring to your practice?

As I mentioned before, I worked in education for 8 years prior to practicing law. From the outside, it may seem like teaching elementary school doesn’t have too many similarities to what I do now. However, the skills I acquired during that professional experience have been invaluable to my daily performance as an attorney. I acquired strong problem solving and interpersonal skills, developed the ability to organize and multi-task under even the most stressful situations, and above all, became perfectly accustomed to getting my work done whenever and wherever is necessary. I used to sit at my son’s basketball practice grading papers—now I’m summarizing medical records!

How are you involved with the community?

Currently, I am working with AppalRed Legal Aid to assist several victims of the Social Security Administration’s fraud investigation in Eastern Kentucky. These clients did nothing wrong and are truly disabled, however the SSA is threatening to end their disability benefits because of the possible wrong actions of others. I am hopeful that I can secure a successful outcome for each of them.

What are the future plans for your practice?

It is my goal to help greatly expand the Bankruptcy and Personal Injury practices of Lawrence & Associates. Someday, I would like to combine my knowledge and expertise of public education with my legal career by expanding my practice area to include Special Education Law.

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

“Let all that you do be done in love.”
– 1 Corinthians 16:14


The Problem with Using Yelp When Searching for an Attorney

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 4:30 pm    

Yelp can be a thorn in the side of many professionals because Google tends to emphasize Yelp reviews and even publish them in search results. However, Yelp reviews tend not to accurately capture a professional service’s – or any small business’s – actual client relationships. Many have complained about the service for various reasons, some going so far as to call it a scam. For lawyers, Yelp can be especially problematic, and not always as good as more specific services such as Avvo when it comes to ranking lawyers. Here are a few reasons why:

Yelp Requires Attorneys to List Specialties

Keyboard_typingRight off the bat, it’s easy to tell that Yelp is not designed for professionals such as attorneys. While the word “specialty” gets thrown around a lot, for a professional such as an attorney, doctor, or accountant, specialty can mean something very particular. In Kentucky, for example, attorneys are not allowed to claim a “specialty” at all except under very specific circumstances. Thus, even creating a listing on Yelp could theoretically land a Kentucky attorney in hot water! Lawrence & Associates has attempted to compromise by listing our areas of practice in this section, but by also explicitly stating that none is a “specialty” per se.

Yelp Hides Reviews at Random

Again, this is a problem that seems to affect professionals such as attorneys, doctors, or accountants. For whatever reason, our clients don’t seem to leave feedback on Yelp nearly as often as, say, a restaurant patron. For this reason, you will often see only a handful of reviews for an attorney compared to dozens of reviews for a local restaurant such as Grandview Tavern & Grille. Apparently because of this, Yelp tends to assume the relatively few reviews received by professional businesses are “fake” reviews rather than real ones. Look through many local professional listings and you will see reviews hidden as “not recommended” or negative reviews boosted above positive ones. At Lawrence & Associates, we have been fortunate enough to avoid any negative reviews on Yelp, although we’ve seen several clients express frustration that their reviews are not recommended and therefore not visible. Unfortunately, Yelp’s confusing assumptions about reviews for professional organizations tends to lead to the conclusion that there are not many reviews of the business out there or, worse, that the business’s clients are more dissatisfied with the business’s performance than they really are. In either event, this is again a problem that does not exist when using Avvo or Martindale Hubbel.

Yelp Does Not Have Categories for Most Types of Law

Finally, it can be difficult to find the type of attorney you need by using Yelp. Yelp does not have categories for many areas of law that people in the Greater Cincinnati area commonly need. For example, Lawrence & Associates practices in bankruptcy, personal injury, social security, and workers’ compensation. Yelp has categories for bankruptcy and personal injury, but not for social security or workers’ compensation. Looking for a patent attorney? You can’t use Yelp. Until Yelp focuses more on professional services, it is probably a good idea to look elsewhere for referrals to local businesses. As stated above, Avvo specializes in attorney referrals (you can see the listing for Justin Lawrence here).

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If you need a referral to an attorney, call Lawrence & Associates. Even if we can’t help you, we are happy to refer you to another reputable attorney near you. Lawrence & Associates is Working Hard for the Working Class. Call us today!

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