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  Frequently Asked Questions for Lawyers

  • Lawyer Profile

  • How do I create a Profile?

    Go to the NearLaw.com homepage and select "looking to create my Free Lawyer Profile online" and then click "Go!" and then read the benefits of the AdvocateProfileTM and click on "Create your Free AdvocateProfileTM

    ...or simply click here to go directly to your AdvocateProfileTM

  • How do I activate my profile?

    Lawyers have to verify their mobile phone number and email in order to activate their AdvocateProfile TM. Activating your AdvocateProfile TM allows access to eJudgements and also allows Public Users to search for and contact you on NearLaw.com and the NearLaw app.

    During creating the profile, you have to enter the OTP sent to your entered mobile number. Also a confirmation email is sent to your registered email address with a link. Please open the email and click the confirmation link which will take you to https://Nearlaw.com and activate your Lawyer Profile.

  • How do I edit my profile?

    From your main profile page, click on your image thumbail at the top-right corner and click on "Edit Profile" link. On the following page, you may change the field inputs shown. No change in your Full Name or Advocate Code is allowed. If you have misspelt your name, kindly call us at 022-33814191 or message us via email at help@nearlaw.com

  • What are the benefits of creating a Profile on NearLaw?

    NearLaw is the first lawyer-centric legal information platform that allows free access to:

    • Your online identity, AdvocateProfileTM and
    • Access to eJudgementsTM and CaseRankingTM algorithm
    • Search and browse ActsRulesTM for ready reference
    • Facility to set your own consulting fees and schedule of availability
    • Ability to consult with users who reach out to You via phone, email or meeting

  • Answering Questions

  • How do public users find me online?

    Nearlaw.com does not allow solicition of clients. We do however allow you to answer user questions free of charge. These are legal questions public users have posted on the platform. Everytime you answer a question, your name appears next to the answer with a link to your AdvocateProfile. Therefore, by answering questions, you are increasing the chances of the public user opting to consult with you via email, phone or face-to-face meeting.

  • How to I search for and answer questions posted by users?

    Once you login using the "Login/Signup" link, on your Profile page, you can browse the Open Questions (related to your Practice Areas) on your Profile or you can click on "See All Questions"

  • Can users directly ask me a question? (direct message question)

    Users can pay the prescribed consulting fees (set by the individual Lawyer), if user wants to ask specific question to a Lawyer and receive a timely response via Email, Phone or Face-to-Face Meeting.


    To safeguard the Lawyer's interest and time constraints, we do not permit users to send free questions directly to Advocates/ Lawyers but allow users to post these questions for all Lawyers to see. This allows an open platform and also allows users to benefit from the answers provided to other similar questions.


    Answering open questions on the NearLaw platform is an excellent way for a Lawyer to show his or her expertise and unique understanding of the practice area and build an online reputation.

  • Consultation

  • What are the different types of consulting I can offer?

    Lawyers can paid initial consultation for Users through Email, Mobile and Face-to-Face Meetings. When creating your AdvocateProfile, you can specify the consulting channels and set your fees, as per your discretion.

  • How do I receive the Fees from the Initial Consulting?

    When users click on the "Consult" button on your AdvocateProfile, the user can see the fees for the initial consultation interaction. The user will then be directed to call or email you, as per the preferences indicated in your profile. Once the User gets in touch with you, you can collect the fees directly. We are working on integrating a secure Payment Gateway to collect prepaid fees in advance from the user.

  • What are the details of Phone Consulting and how do I offer it for Public Users (Potential Clients)?

    Each phone consulting is for 30 Minutes, which is sufficient time for users to seek counsel, ask questions and clarify any doubts.

    • Lawyers can select the "Phone Consulting" checkbox in the Consulting step of profile creation.
    • If you've already created your profile, go to "Edit Profile" (top right menu) and select to offer consulting via your mobile phone.
    • Make sure the mobile number entered in the profile is valid and you are reachable on it. If there is a change in your mobile number, go to "Edit Profile" and change it to your new mobile number. OTP Confirmation process is required to verify mobile number ownership and usage. At this type, we only accept mobile numbers for phone consulting and not landline numbers.

  • What are the details of Email Consulting and how do I offer it for Public Users (Potential Clients)?

    Each Email consulting is for 3 Email Replies (to 1 original email + 2 follow-ups by the User), which is sufficient opportunity for users to seek counsel, ask questions and clarify any doubts.

    • Lawyers can select the "Email Consulting" checkbox in the Consulting step of profile creation.
    • If you've already created your profile, go to "Edit Profile" (top right menu) and select to offer consulting via your Registered Email Address (i.e. the email address you registered on NearLaw
    • Make sure the Email Address entered in the profile is valid and you check it daily. If there is a change in your email address, go to "Edit Profile" and change it to your new email address. Email Address Verification Link will be sent to your new email address and you need to click the link and complete the verification process, to verify email ownership and usage.

  • What are the details of Meeting Consulting and how do I offer it for Public Users (Potential Clients)?

    Each Meeting consulting is for one 30 minute face-to-face Meeting, which is sufficient opportunity for users to seek counsel, ask questions and clarify any doubts.

    • Lawyers can select the "Meeting Consulting" checkbox in the Consulting step of profile creation.
    • If you've already created your profile, go to "Edit Profile" (top right menu) and select to offer consulting via Meeting
    • Make sure your Office or Home address entered in the profile is valid. If there is a change in your office/home address, go to "Edit Profile" and change it to your new address.

  • Reviews & Ratings

  • What are reviews/ ratings? Why do they exist on NearLaw.com?

    Reviews / Ratings allows public users to rate their consulting experience and provide you valuable feedback. Ratings/ Reviews are a step to bring greater transparency to the legal services industry, and to drive higher consumer/public confidence and adoption.


    Positive ratings and Favourable qualitative reviews can help enable more consumers of legal services to select you as their lawyer of choice.


    Reviews and ratings also allow public users to appreciate and provide encouragement for young lawyers who are providing valuable services and providing accurate answers on the NearLaw.com platform.

  • Why did my credit card or PayPal payment fail?

    After every consulting, whether it is via phone, email or in meetings, please do ask for the public user / client to go ahead and submit a favourable rating and provide their feedback via a review on the NearLaw platform.

    Reviews allow other users on the platform to make an informed decision and helps builds credibility and reputation of your online identity, your AdvocateProfile TM as a qualified and expert lawyer in your chosen practice area.

  • How do I dispute a Low Rating given by a User?

    Ratings and Reviews are user-generated content and are provided by public users of the platform. As per the T&C for Lawyer Users, Nearlaw.com, its platform or its management or associates or affiliates are not liable for any user-generated content since it is a platform open to the public.


    However, we do have automated ways to check any user-generated or user-contributed content for mala fide content or vulgar language. However, if you notice any abuse of our T&C or find objectionable language in any of the reviews, please do first forward us a screenshot of the same, the URL link and any other information at your disposal to abuse@nearlaw.com.


    We will take cognizance of such complaints seriously and will provide a timeframe for investigating the facts and come up with a valid response.

  • Fee Quote Requests

  • What is a "Price Quote Request"? I see this with few questions, what does it mean?

    "Fee Quote Requests" is a feature that can be selected by Public Users to be tagged to user-submitted questions, posted on the Nearlaw.com platform. If a public user posts a definite matter or issue which required legal remedy and wants to know what might be a subjective, approximate estimate of legal fees involved in the resolution of the said matter, that would be the "Price Quote" for that matter.


    When providing a "Fee Quote Request", you could answer with a range (like Rs.20,000 to Rs.25,000) or you could qualify an amount based on other criteria, such as (Rs.5000/- per appearance, etc.) Numbers are purely and solely for illustration purposes only and not meant as directional criteria.

  • Why is there a need for a "Price Quote" for users? What purpose does it serve?

    One of the key requirements for common people is to understand the cost implications of qualified legal services. NearLaw wants to bring a semblance of transparency and integrity while adhering to all the applicable rules and regulations.


    Allowing common public users, the option to request for a "Fee Quote" along with their questions is one small step to ensure a good fit between the User and the Lawyer.


    Responding to the "Fee Quote" request is not a mandatory or required field, however providing an approximate estimate shall increase the chances of paid consultation for the Lawyers who do opt to respond with a quote of their "Fee Quote".

  • How do you respond to a "Price Quote Request"?

    The Lawyer simply has to include the approximate estimate of what it might cost, in a typical scenario, to take up the matter before the appropriate authority and do the needful for resolution of the same.


    The "Fee Quote" estimate would be included in the answer itself. The price quote response by the Lawyer is not mandatory or required but recommended. As per observation, Public Users do find "Fee Quote", as a useful element in making a decision regarding consultation.

  • eJudgementsTM

  • What is eJudgementsTM? What is included in it?

    eJudgements is a case-law information database product under the Nearlaw eLawLibrary. eJudgements is currently Free for Verified Lawyers with an AdvocateProfileTM on NearLaw.


    Currently, eJudgements currently covers 17 years of reportable cases from The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, from the year, 2000 up until 2017.


    eJudgements has an easy user-interface and quality searching and refine-search options.


    Besides the various Search facilities, eJudgements also has CaseRankingTM Algorithm Refine-Search feature, wherein cases are ranked based on relevancy deduced by "Natural Language Processing" algorithms, combined with key parameters to arrive at the efficacy or utility of a particular citation.

  • How do I search the eJudgements database? What kind of Searches are available?

    Searches can be performed by Keyword (in full judgment), Headnote keywords and also by Act/Section/Order/Rule/Article also. Searches can be combined across parameters, so a keyword search with a particular Section of a particular Act.


    Keywords can be searched together ("AND"), keywords near each other ("NEAR"), or exact phrases ("EXACT")


    To Access eJudgements, simply click on "eJudgements" from the "Lawyer" menu on the homepage, or click on "eJudgements" from your AdvocateProfile TM


    On the eJudgements homepage, the first (primary) search is on the top textbox, while you continue to add search parameters using the searches under the "Refine" tab to the left of your screen.


    The "Results" tab is refreshed once the search is performed, showing the citation results and the number of judgments returned. Based on this feedback, the Lawyer can add another search criteria or even remove an existing search criterion.

  • How do I browse the results (cases/judgements) I have searched for?

    On the eJudgements homepage (accessed by clicking "Library" -> "eJudgements" on AdvocateProfile page), you can easily perform the search and then click on "Results" pane to the left side of the screen to see a list of citations (cases/judgements) that fulfill the required criteria specified in your search.


    Upon clicking on any result or citation, you can see the corresponding "Case Profile" on the right of the page.


    The "Case Profile" mentions the key information of the case, including Headnote/ Keywords and Acts/Section/Order/Rules applicable to the Case.


    For reading the entire case, there is a "Full Judgment" link which opens the entire judgment in a new browser window, for easy reading and reference.

  • How to I print full judgment or entire case?

    If you want to print any judgment, you can click on the "Read Full Judgment" at the bottom of the "Case Profile" content for that judgment. After clicking on "Read full judgment", the entire case or judgment will open in a new browser window. Depending on the browser you are using, you can press the "Ctrl + P" key or select the Print command from the top menu of the browser.

  • What is "follow" an eJudgement? How do I use this feature?

    If you want to refer to an eJudgment in the future, you can "follow" the judgment by clicking on "Follow" in the CaseProfile of the eJudgement.


    Once a judgment/ case has been followed by you, it automatically appears in your "Followed Cases" tab in the eJudgements section of your AdvocateProfile TM page.

  • What is "like" an eJudgement mean? How do I use this feature?

    If you want to increase the visibility of an eJudgment based on your opinion of its legal applicability for other lawyers, you can use the "Like" button of a judgement.


    Judgments / cases you "Like" do not show up in your eJudgements tab of AdvocateProfile TM. For bookmarking judgments for future reference use the "Follow" feature described above.

  • ActsRulesTM

  • Which Acts are available? How many years of coverage is provided?

    As of our first release in August 2017, all major Central Acts are covered from 1976 onwards. Important Acts such as Civil Procedure Code, 1908 and others have also been incorporated.


    The indexes (Section/ Order/ Rules/ Articles, as applicable) are also provided with links to the respective sections in an easy-to-access tabulated index at the start of the Act or Statute. Rules for the respective Acts are being processed and will be made live on the NearLaw platform under due course.

  • Are amendments to the Central Acts covered? Are the amendments incorporated into the primary Act that they amend?

    Easy Search facilities are provided wherein as you type the first few letters of any Act, all the relevant original Acts and their Amendments are shown for ease of lawyer experience.

    Most of the amendments are also included as separate Acts since the search by "Act Name" makes it convenient to sort the Acts by any keyword immediately. Year-wise search of Acts is also provided to browse all the relevant Statutes in any given Year.

    We are working on cross referencing the amendments through the Primary or Original Act and vice-versa, in due course.

  • How do I search the ActsRules TM database?

    Lawyers can search the ActsRules TM database with any Keywords or by the Year of the enactment. This can be done easily from the homepage of "ActsRules" available by clicking on "Lawyer" -> "ActsRules" from the Nearlaw.com homepage for Lawyers or from the AdvocateProfile TM and clicking on ActsRules from the Law Library.

  • eLawArticlesTM

  • What do eLawArticles TM cover?

    eLawArticles TM are editorial opinions on popular law topics written by expert authors or the NearLaw editorial team. The law articles clarify process/ procedure, rules and finer technicalities of laws and their application in the real world.

    NearLaw.com eLawArticles currently offers a collection of over 200 Law Articles written by expert authors. Most of these pieces are based on a piece of legislation or procedure or process of law and therefore have a significant relevance for active legal practitioners.

  • I want to contribute my article to eLawArticles? How do I start?

    eLawArticlesTM is primarily for fact-based legal research articles that clarify legislation, procedure, process or other related information.


    If you wish to contribute to NearLaw.com eLawArticles, please do send us a draft at editor@nearlaw.com


    Due to the number of users we have, NearLaw can not guarantee a response, but will try our best to respond to authors whose articles and writeup's we chose to publish.


    There is no fee or compensation on offer whatsoever for authors and the contribution is understood to be entirely voluntary and free in nature. Terms and conditions for authors who contribute their content to NearLaw is mentioned here: Terms & Conditions for Contributors

  • How do I search eLawArticlesTM?

    Lawyers can search eLawArticles by any keyword, topic-wise index and the date of publishing. All the searches are accessible on the eLawArticles page under the Law Library from AdvocateProfileTM or from the homepage menu of NearLaw.

  • How do I browse the latest eLawArticlesTM relevant to me?

    You can browse eLawArticlesTM from your AdvocateProfileTM where only topics relevant to your profile are shown with the latest articles shown first.


    Lawyers can also browse eLawArticlesTM after searching for the Right Article using the Keyword or Topic-Name search.

  • Lawyer Helpline

  • How do I ask for help?

    You can reach NearLaw Lawyer Helpline by calling us at 022-33814191


    You can also email us at help@nearlaw.com


    We normally revert back to queries within 24-48 hours, however this depends on the amount of queries received in a given timeframe.

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