Legal Plans – H.M.O. and Choosing a Lawyer
Susan B. Garland has a January 11, 2004 article at the New York Times entitled “The H.M.O. Approach to Choosing a Lawyer”, which focuses on the growth of prepaid legal services, known as “legal HMOs” which is a term historically taken from the abbreviation HMO for “health maintenance organization”. (For various definitions of HMO see define: HMO at Google.com.
Interesting in the article was a story about a corporate executive planning to buy a house and having prepaid legal service coverage under his firm’s legal benefit plan, provided by an insurance company.
To quote Garland:
“[The executive] was given a list of lawyers who specialized in real estate transactions; he interviewed several, reviewed their Web sites and chose one.”
This again confirms that the design and quality of a lawyer’s or law firm’s website can be an important element in a client’s choice of legal representation.