Site Help

Find A Lawyer

Use this area to find a law office by AREA OF LAW, LAWYER OR LAW FIRM NAME, CITY, STATE and COUNTRY. You are required to enter either an Area of Law, Name, City or State.

To search for a specific lawyer or firm by NAME, simply enter the name in the text box and hit "GO."

To search by area of law, you can either type the area or legal issue into the search box or select from a list of common practice areas by clicking the "choose from a list" above the search box.

Choosing from a list allows you to select up to nine areas of law for searching. Searching multiple areas of law will return lawyers who practice in all the areas of law you selected.

Type in an Area of Law of Lawyer or Firm Name or Select Area of Law (Optional)
Enter your legal term or select from a list.

If you know the name of the lawyer or law firm you are looking for, you can enter it here.

If you are unsure of the area of law and would like to browse a list of the most common areas, you can click the link to the right of the search box and select up to nine areas.

Example: Entering or Selecting Family Law will provide a list of firms that might deal with one or more of the following areas:

  • Family Law
  • Adoptions
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Visitation Rights

Enter CITY (Optional)

Narrow your search by entering the CITY where you wish to locate a law office.

Select STATE (Optional)

Select a STATE from the drop-down menu.


After determining your desired criteria, select "GO" or hit the enter key. The system displays a list of the lawyers and firms that match your criteria. You may then browse through those listings, narrow your search using the criteria on the left of the results page or edit your search and resubmit it.

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Search Site

Located in the upper right hand corner throughout the site is the Site Search area. Using this search box will search all areas of, including law and law firm listings, articles, tips, Ask A Lawyer archives, blogs, message boards and more. Enter a term, for example "tort," and select SEARCH. Browse the list of matching lawyers, articles, blogs, message board responses, etc. You can also choose from the drop down to search a specific area of the site

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General Help

Martindale-Hubbell has provided a variety of features in that will educate you on various legal matters. Whether you are just curious about the law or you need to hire a lawyer immediately, you can be confident that will inform you about the legal resources that are available.

Navigation throughout the site is available at the top of each page. Each button represents a main section of the site. Once in a specific section, using the side navigation buttons will toggle between areas within that section.

There are five main sections of Find A Lawyer, Understand Your Legal Issues, Discuss Your Legal Issue, Legal Help and Resources and Law Blog. Here are general descriptions of the main site sections and their sub-sections:

Find a Lawyer

Use this section to search our comprehensive database of over 1 million attorneys and law firms. Here, you can use our simple search, Browse for a Lawyer by Geography, Browse for a Lawyer by Area of Law, or connect with multiple attorneys at once using the Martindale-Hubbell AttorneyMatch service.

Understand Your Legal Issue

The Understand Your Legal Issue are of brings together valuable content about legal issues and is organized by both area of law and life event. You can also access information pertinent to your specific state. Information included in this section includes articles, checklists, a comprehensive legal dictionary and access to legal issues currently in the news.

Discuss Your Legal Issue

Meet, interact and network with others on a variety of legal topics in the Discuss Your Legal Issue section. Here, you can review Blogs written by lawyers about their areas of expertise, post or reply to a question in our message boards, or participate in a live chat hosted by a member of our lawyer panel. This is a great area to get involved and gain advise from lawyers and other people like you.

Legal Help & Resources

The Legal Help & Resources section contains access to information about our court system, information specific to a given state, access to the U.S. Constitution and Federal Government Agencies, and access to your states Attorney General. In addition to this information, you can access Do-It-Yourself legal forms through our Legal Document Service by clicking Legal Forms in the left hand navigation area.

Law Blogs Read the latest Law Blog posts from lawyers across the country on a wide range of topics including Immigration, Personal Injury, Estate Planning and more in our Law Blog section. Back to top

Community: Legal Forums and Chat Registration


Your Profile

Your profile is completely under your control: you can update all or a specific piece of your profile at any time. Profiles include the following required information:

First and Last Name are required; middle initial and suffix, if applicable, are optional. This information is never displayed at the site unless you select the option to use this for your Display Name or if you add it separately in the Display Name field.

Display Name: This name is unique and visible to the general public when you post a message or participate in a chat. Display Names cannot be changed or updated. If a name you wish to select is already in use, consider adding numbers to create a unique name.

Email address: To protect your identity, our programming automatically hides your email address. Email addresses are used along with passwords for sign on. This email address is also the address we'll use for private correspondence from the site, such as resetting a forgotten password.

Password: Along with your user name, your password is required to complete login. Passwords are case- sensitive.

Zip Code: Zip codes are translated into state locations and displayed with profiles allowing participants to know what state laws may be applicable to the situation presented in a message. They also provide with information regarding which geographic areas have a large (or smaller) Internet usage. This information helps us to prioritize specific areas where we want to provide more helpful legal resources.

Activating Your Account

After successfully completing registration, an activation email will be sent to the email address registered to your account. The email will contain a link to a web page with instructions to complete registration. Upon submission of this information, you will be registered and may proceed to sign in and submit a message or join a chat.

Optional Information

After establishing your account, a variety of option are available for you to set or choose through your account.

Editing Your Profile

  • Complete sign on
  • Select "Edit your Profile" to display your current profile
  • Make the changes you desire on the available tabs
  • Click the "Save" button located at the bottom

Profile Options

Update your account information. If you have a website, blog or an item to read you wish others to know about, feel free to add them; this information will display on the public profile available through account Display Names.

  • Avatars - Use the default avatar or upload one of your choice.
  • Bio - Add or update the biographical information available through your Display Name with submitted messages.
    • If you're an individual, give us a general description of your situation or what brought you to Lawyers.comsm. For example: "Injured worker struggling with comp system for last 3 years." We discourage the inclusion of any personal contact information including addresses and phone numbers.
    • If you're a lawyer or other professional, we suggest providing contact and firm information, including email. If you ever choose to update your biographical information, the change will reflect in all past as well as future postings.

    Site Option - Customize your account in a number of areas but specifically with:

    • Threaded or Flat Message View - Choose the viewing option for message threads that you prefer.
    • Signature - Add a signature that would be with all submitted messages. Limit of 250 characters including spaces.

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    Community: Posting A Message To A Legal Forum

    Select the legal forum which is the closest match to your issue. We ask that you select only one forum to post your message to instead of submitting the same, or similar, messages on multiple boards. This respects the time volunteers donate to the Web site when reviewing and replying to messages.

    • Click on "Write a New Post", located at the top of a specific forum or group, to submit a new message, or click on "Reply", found below the subject line when viewing the content of a message.
    • Complete login if you've not already done so
    • On the message submission page, insert:
      • A descriptive title if a new message or update the title of a response
      • Your message
      • An icon to reflect your message if you wish
      • Preview your message to see how it will look once it's posted to the message board, and, if necessary, make any corrections
      • Preview your message or
      • Skip the preview and submit your message directly to the message board

      NOTE: Once your message has been submitted, 5 minutes are allowed to edit the posting. Once the editing time has past and the item posted, a message cannot be deleted. Be sure your message says what you want before submitting it.

      Take a moment to review the complete listing of our posting rules.

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