Wondering what happens after you fill out LegalASAP’s free evaluation form or call our toll-free number? We’ll explain what next steps you can expect, depending on whether you do or don’t qualify for legal assistance.
4 Things To Expect After Successfully Submitting Your Free LegalASAP Evaluation Form
Step 1: We Use Your Information to Match You With a Nearby Attorney
This should explain why we need your current ZIP code, no matter what type of legal issue you have. Without it, we cannot locate the closest attorney in our network who’s available to review your case free of charge. Once we find the right person to help you, we’ll email you that attorney or law firm’s contact information. Don’t see our email in your inbox? Try checking other places, such as your spam or junk folders. Your email provider may filter messages from unknown senders to different folders or locations than you might expect.
Once you find it, mark LegalASAP as a “safe sender” in your preferences or add us to your contact list. That way, you won’t miss any future emails from us – instead, they’ll go directly to your inbox.
Step 2: Expect a Call From Your Matched Lawyer During Weekday Business Hours
Many people submit free evaluation forms at night, on weekends, or during holidays when they’re already free or off work. Your matched attorney should call soon after you submit your information, but only during regular business hours on weekdays. That’s why we you should always include the best phone number where your attorney can reach you at that time. If you run out of minutes or can’t answer your phone during certain hours, check the email we sent you. You can contact the attorney yourself and leave a message with the best time and day to call you back.
Step 3: Tell Your Matched Lawyer About Your Current Legal Situation
Your next steps at this point will depend entirely on the details of your case. If your claim involves an injury, your next steps likely include gathering medical documentation and other supporting evidence. For financial issues, your next steps likely involve making copies of your bank records, taxes, and outstanding bills. The lawyer can explain what next steps you should take based on the type of legal issue you’re dealing with.
Step 4: Deciding Whether to Move Forward With Your Claim
LegalASAP’s free, no-obligation evaluation does exactly what we promise and nothing else. That means we match you with an attorney who evaluates your case for free based on the info you provide. Once that happens, the next steps are completely up to you. Don’t want to file a claim once the attorney explains all your options? No problem! Ready to move forward, but with a different lawyer than the one who reviewed your claim? That’s fine, too. Whatever next steps you decide you want to take after your free evaluation are completely up to you.
Tips for Those Who May Not Qualify for Legal Assistance
If LegalASAP cannot match you with a nearby attorney to complete your free evaluation, what next steps should you take? Here’s what we recommend:
- Check to see if your claim’s already past the statute of limitations for your state, if applicable. Some practice areas (i.e., bankruptcy, Social Security disability, veterans’ benefits, DUI, divorce) have no state-specific statute of limitations laws that apply. These laws determine the deadline for filing your claim (in many states, two years is the standard time limit). If this applies to you, then unfortunately, there are no next steps for you to expect in your case. Legally, there’s no way for you to secure justice or financial compensation with your claim.
- If you already have an attorney, speak to your legal representative about next steps for your claim. Some people may request a free LegalASAP evaluation in order to get a second opinion on their case. Others may simply want us to confirm a settlement dollar amount or help them fire their current attorney. Unfortunately, LegalASAP does not provide those services to our visitors. Only your current lawyer can outline whatever next steps you must take to move your case forward, if applicable.
- Does your injury claim involve a suspected crime? If so, report it to the proper authorities. For example: If your injury’s due to a hit-and-run car accident, call 911. Does your loved one in a long-term care facility have frequent, unexplained injuries or show signs of neglect? Contact the long-term care ombudsman or citizen advocacy group in your state to report it. Believe your on-the-job injury is due to your employer violating workplace safety standards? Report it online at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website or call 1-800-321-OSHA.
Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.