As online retailing has soared, customers have become farther and farther removed from retailers. Instead of word-of-mouth, companies rely more on reviews and ratings to guide consumers’ decision-making. Likewise, people look for background information and testimonials when searching for professionals, including attorneys. When potential clients start comparing law firms, they typically look for signs indicating a lawyer or the firm’s success. AVVO ratings are often prominently displayed on attorney websites but may be somewhat of a mystery to most people. In this article, we’ll pull back the curtain to get a closer look at what this rating means to you.
If you need a new home entertainment system, you look at reviews for home entertainment systems, not for speed boats. That’s because you want to see where your future system stands compared to other systems.
The same principle holds true for attorneys but on a much larger and more formal scale. If you are looking for someone to help with a serious legal matter, you want a reliable attorney who can handle your case. AVVO ratings are one source of information about lawyers that facilitate your selection.
In fact, the AVVO ratings system was created “with input from hundreds of attorneys, thousands of consumers, and many other legal professionals who deeply understand the work attorneys do.” An attorney’s AVVO profile shows the result of input specific to the attorney’s background and skill.
It’s important to understand that AVVO evaluates all attorneys equally using a mathematical model. Information that appears in an attorney’s profile is based on certain criteria, and attorneys cannot “buy” a higher rating.
Attorney profiles consist of several elements. AVVO ratings, which range from 10.0 (Superb) to 1.0 (Extreme Caution), consider an attorney’s:
Client reviews and peer endorsement provide deeper information about the attorney’s skill that is useful to consumers looking for a lawyer.
It’s especially important to see endorsements from other attorneys. After all, lawyers know how to evaluate another lawyer’s abilities because they fully understand the legal system and how attorneys should care for their clients.
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