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Lawyer directories may not be the best way to find a lawyer after a car accident in Virginia, and here’s why...

To get listed in many of the generic lawyer directories, all you need is a valid credit card and proof that you’ve passed the Virginia bar exam.

Why attorney directories and hotlines are not a good place to find a lawyer.Directories like are paid listing sites, and if you take the time to read the fine print at the bottom of the website you’ll see they do admit this. 

If you really want to know what it takes to get a listing on sites like these, click the “attorneys – get listed” area on a directory site and see what is needed to submit to claim a listing. Aside from proof of passing the bar exam and a payment method, it’s rare that they’ll ask for any further credentials. 

It’s also important to point out that many of these directories have “featured” attorneys that appear at the top of the page. This usually doesn’t mean those attorneys are any better, it just means they spend money to get their ad placed on top. And yes, it’s an ad, not a listing; they are PAYING to advertise their firm on the page.

If you do want to do some online research, we recommend using to find good lawyers in your area. While there are many paid opportunities for lawyers, its rankings are ultimately based on client reviews and endorsements from other lawyers.

Finding a Lawyer after a Car Accident without Lawyer Directories 

If you can’t trust lawyer directories, what can you trust when finding a lawyer after a car accident or other incident? Trust yourself! Do the research, schedule the consultations, and don’t give up until you’ve found an attorney that you’re confident you can work with to get you the settlement to which you are entitled.

Ben Glass
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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.