Perry Mason meets e-Bay: Should you shop for lawyers online?

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If you need a lawyer to handle an employment issue, you can now go online, announce your legal needs and wait for offers from interested lawyers. But as with many things on the Internet: You can do it, but should you?

How it works

Several Web sites have popped up in the past couple of years that aim to match lawyers with potential clients. Some of the leaders include www.attorneysbid.com, www.casematch. com, www.legalmatch.com and www.sharktank.com.

These services help streamline some parts of the lawyer-search process, but you can't entrust your legal future to cyberspace.

Most of these sites are free to individuals and businesses, with lawyers paying a fee to be listed.

To start the process, you register at the site and answer questions about what you need. Then, interested lawyers respond with their credentials, a quote and how they'd handle your case.

Although these sites are designed to be anony...(register to read more)

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