Potential clients are searching the internet for a lawyer right now.
Who they contact and ultimately hire depends a great deal on what they can learn about the lawyer online. The vast majority want to know about a lawyer's experience, their credentials, and the types of cases they handle. They also want a clear understanding of the legal process and the approximate cost of their case.
Tell them what they want to know through your profile in Illinois Lawyer Finder.
Illinois Lawyer Finder is an exciting member benefit from the Illinois State Bar Association that makes it easier than ever to tell potential clients why you are the best fit for their legal needs.
With a streamlined user interface, ease of access right from your member page, and a simple setup, Illinois Lawyer Finder makes it easier than ever to GET FOUND and GET HIRED!
Ensure your profile is viewable by the public
After verifying the accuracy of your address, scroll down to the Online Public Directory Settings area and make the appropriate selection in Public Profile View.
Click Save then click View & Edit Your Directory Profile.
Next, click SEARCH FOR A LAWYER ONLINE.
Add and edit profile information
To edit information in your ISBA member profile, go to ISBA.org, and click Member Login. Use the menu in the top right corner to select Account.
Make the desired changes and click the ReliaGuide tab in your web browser to return to your Illinois Lawyer Finder profile.
Show or hide phone, email, and/or address
Members may choose to show or hide their phone, email, and/or address in their profile's public view. To change the view setting for phone or email, click the edit icon next to the appropriate element.
Click the box next to Hide Email, Hide Phone, and/or Hide Address to hide the information from public view. Click OK to save your changes.
Things your profile should contain
Photos - Prospective clients like to see the person with whom they will be working. Add pictures of your office, pictures of you at meetings, involved in hobbies, or taking part in charitable activities.
Click "+ Upload" in the right corner to add one or more photos to your profile. Once uploaded, click on the photo to make it a profile photo or to remove the photo.
- Practice areas- Coupled with location, practice area is the most used search parameter. Include all of your practice areas to ensure the right clients find you. The average member lists 10, so don't be shy!
Note: There is a limit of 5 practice areas with the basic profile. With Profile Plus you may specify an unlimited number of practice areas.
- Biography - Your biography (Profile Plus feature - see Basic Profile or Profile Plus — Determine which option is right for you below for more information) takes center stage when it comes to telling potential clients who you are. Tell them what makes you unique and what makes you the best choice to handle their legal needs.
Refer to Profile Content Creation Tips for helpful information and sample profile content (i.e., creating a successful profile, taglines, keywords, practice areas, biographies, and client case examples).
Specify details about your practice
Basic Profile or Profile Plus — Determine which option is right for you
With your free Illinois Lawyer Finder profile, basic information about you and your practice is viewable by site visitors.
If you are trying to grow your practice and are interested in attracting new clients, upgrading to Profile Plus for $10/month or $110/year will allow you to round out your profile and improve your chances of getting hired.
It's easy to see from the screenshot below why lawyers whose profiles contain Profile Plus information (e.g., a tagline, biography, unlimited practice areas, etc.) are 10x more likely to be contacted by a potential client than lawyers whose profiles do not provide this information.
Upgrading your profile
Read about it here: Your website - powered by your profile!
See it in action here.
Accessing other profile options
For a list of all help topics, click here.