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  • Find Lawyer

  • How do I find a Lawyer through NearLaw.com?

    Go to the NearLaw.com homepage and select "For Public Users" and then select "Consult Verified Lawyers" and you will be taken to the "Find Lawyer" Map Search page, where you can initiate your Lawyer Search.

  • What factors or parameters can I use to search for Lawyers in the NearLaw Directory?

    You can search for a Lawyer or Advocate or Legal Professional on NearLaw.com using the following criteria

    • Any Specific Keyword, in their Name or Area of Practice or Location
    • Location i.e. any city, town, district or taluka
    • Legal Practice Area or Law Topic of Specialization
    • Type of Consulting offered, whether Email, Phone, In-person Meeting or a combination
    • Years of Experience of Practice or Legal Work
    • District where the Lawyer Practices
    • Based on District selected, Court Affiliation i.e. High Court, District Courts and the like

  • How do I change any of the factors or parameters of the Lawyer Search?

    Simply change any of the field entries (filters) on the "Find Lawyer" search page and the results would reflect the new search parameters. The page refreshes dynamically based on your inputs. If you do not find the right Lawyer and need help to navigate the "Find Lawyer" search page, you may call us or email us at help@nearlaw.com

  • What are the benefits of the "Find Lawyer" search on NearLaw?

    NearLaw "Find Lawyer" search allows free and easy access to our Lawyer Directory, which helps in:

    • Helping in Lawyer discovery, i.e. it helps you find out which Lawyer or Advocate practices on which side of the Law
    • Lawyers factual information is self-reported and presented in an easy to access format with Search features that allow greater user choice to narrow down on your Lawyer of choice based on your own requirements and inputs.
    • Transparent fee structure for Initial Paid Consultation is provided, so you know what you will be getting and what amount you would be required to pay, without any hassles or inconvenience whatsoever
    • Ratings and Reviews of Lawyers help you to discover the right legal representation through your own research and make an independent and informed decision.
    • After finding the right Lawyer, you may directly seek a Paid Consultation by directly contacting the said Lawyer, through our platform.

  • Asking Free Questions

  • How do I ask a Free Question online?

    Free Questions can be asked by clicking on "For Public Users" and then selecting the "Ask Free Question" option. You will be asked to provide basic information regarding yourself and your question. You can choose to post questions anonymously. Understand that your question will be visible to everyone and anyone on our platform and any Third-Party Lawyer/ Advocate/ Solicitor / Law Firm / Law Firm Representative / Attorney or Legal Professional may choose to answer your question. You can not select the Legal Professional of your choice to answer your question. For selecting and directly talking to your preferred Legal Professional or Lawyer, you may pay for a consultation or directly get in touch with the Lawyer or Legal Professional and pay for their consultation.

  • Can I ask a specific Lawyer a Free question directly?

    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.

  • Consult with Lawyers

  • What are the different types of consulting Lawyers offer?

    Users can opt for Paid Initial Consultation from Lawyers registtered on the platform through Email, Mobile Phone and Face-to-Face Meetings. You can search for any Lawyer by selectiong "Consult Verified Lawyer" option from the "For Public Users" on the top-menu of the Homepage (after scrolling down). Then, after searching for and finding the Right Lawyer, you can click on the Lawyer's Name (link) to see their AdvocateProfile TM, which lists the option buttons to consult with the Lawyer.

  • How do I pay the Fees for the Initial Consulting?

    When you click on the "Consult" button on your AdvocateProfile, you can see the fees for the initial consultation interaction. You can click on the "call", "email" or "meet" option button, as per the available consulting channels indicated in the Lawyer's profile. Once you get in touch with the Lawyer, you can pay the fees directly. We are working on integrating a secure Payment Gateway to collect prepaid fees in advance from you to faciliate a convenient interaction with the Lawyer.

  • What are the details of Phone Consulting and how do I avail of it ?

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

    • Users can opt for Phone Consulting by clicking on the "Call" button under the Consulting options on the Lawyer's profile (accessible from the "Find Verified Lawyer" from the "For Public Users" menu on the Homepage).
    • You will see the Lawyer's Mobile Number once you click on the "Call" option. You can tell the Lawyer that you found him/her profile on NearLaw and ask for the initial consulting rate specified on our platform. For a 30 minute interaction, you will be charged the initial consulting rate for Phone consulting by the specified Lawyer or Advocate.

  • What are the details of Email Consulting and how do I avail of it?

    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.

    • Users can opt for Email Consulting by clicking on the "Email" button under the Consulting options on the Lawyer's profile (accessible from the "Find Verified Lawyer" from the "For Public Users" menu on the Homepage).
    • You will see the Lawyer's Email Address once you click on the "Email" option. You can tell the Lawyer that you found him/her profile on NearLaw and ask for the initial consulting rate specified on our platform. For 3 Email Replies, you will be charged the initial consulting rate for the Email consulting by the specified Lawyer or Advocate.

  • What are the details of Lawyer Meeting Consulting and how do I avail of it?

    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.

    • Users can opt for Meeting(face-to-face) Consulting by clicking on the "Meet" button under the Consulting options on the Lawyer's profile (accessible from the "Find Verified Lawyer" from the "For Public Users" menu on the Homepage).
    • You will see the Lawyer's Office/ Residential Address and Mobile Number once you click on the "Meet" option with available days/times for the upcoming week. You can call the Lawyer that you found him/her profile on NearLaw and ask for the initial Meeting consulting rate specified on our platform. For a 30 minute face-to-face interaction, you will be charged the initial consulting rate for the Meeting Consultation by the specified Lawyer or Advocate.

  • Reviews & Ratings

  • What are reviews/ ratings? What value do they add to Users?

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


    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.


    Reviews allow Users on the platform to make an informed decision and helps builds credibility and reputation of Lawyers and Legal Professionals who are helpful and have a good track record on the NearLaw Platform.


    Please do not use offensive / abusive, derogatory or inflammatory language in a Review. You are responsible for the content of the review and are subject to the terms and conditions in the "Consolidated Terms of Use"

  • Fee Quote Requests

  • What is a "Fee Quote Request"? Should I include it with my question?

    "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 you posts a "Free Question" and want to know what might be a subjective, approximate estimate of legal fees involved in the resolution of the said matter, you could check the option (checkbox) to include a "Price Quote" for that matter.


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

    Fee Quotes are generic and approximate quotations and not legally valid offers and should not be construed as an offer or a solicitation of any kind, way or form.The Fee Quotes just enable Users to get an estimate of typical costs involved with the litigation or legal resolution of any generic matter, similar in circumstance or factual interpretation as their own posted matter/ question or issue.

  • If I submit a "Fee Quote Request" with my Free Question, would I surely receive an Answer?

    One of the key requirements for everyone who has a legal issue or problem, is to understand the approximate cost implications of qualified legal services. NearLaw wants to bring a semblance of transparency and integrity while adhering to all applicable rules and regulations.


    Allowing 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 for Third Party Lawyers or Legal Professionals, so while submitting a request for a "Fee Quote" is an available option, you may or may not receive a qualified response from the Third Party Lawyer or Legal Professional.

  • How do you respond to an Answer to my "Fee Quote Request"?

    After accessing the Fee Quote, if it is acceptable to you, you may book a (paid) consultation with the Lawyer via Mobile Phone, Email or face-to-face Meeting.

    If you are not satified with answer to your "Fee Quote Request", you may decide to search for other Lawyers and consult with one you find suitable, or decide to make an upward revision to your budget and try to fulfill the fee quote to resolve your matter or issue.

  • Law Guides

  • What do Law Guides cover?
    "Law Guides" are simplified examples of generic explanations of what a layperson or user might do in common everyday situations wherein one might be required to refer to the rules and regulations. Law Guides seek to clarify solutions to common everyday issues or instances and reveal the application of laws in the real world.

    NearLaw.com Law Guides is written by expert individual authors who may or may not be employees or consultants. Most of these pieces are based on the procedure or process of application or implementation of law and therefore have an inherent utility for laypersons and Public Users who might not have knowledge of the Law (Act/ Statute) or the accompanying Rules.

  • How do I search Law Guides database

    Users can search "Law Guides" by any keyword, topic-wise index and the date of publishing. All the searches are accessible on the "Law Guides" page under the User Profile or from the homepage menu of NearLaw.com Homepage.

  • Payment of Consulting Fees

  • How do I pay for the Consulting for a Lawyer or Legal Professional?

    Once you choose the Lawyer or Legal Professional you want to consult with, you can click on the "Call", "Email" or "Meet" button and get in touch with the respective Lawyer or Legal Professional.

    NearLaw.com is only a lawyer directory and does not accept any Consultation payments, at this time. You can discuss the Consultation Fees and Payment for the same with the Lawyer or Advocate directly. We are working on integrating with a secure payment gateway, to be able to receive prepaid fees on behalf of Lawyers and Advocates to enable a seamless and convenient consulting experience for Users. We do not accept or charge any referral fees from Lawyers or Advocates for our services.

  • What if I have a dispute with the Lawyer I contacted through NearLaw.com and want my money back?

    NearLaw.com, at this time, does not collect any fees on behalf of Lawyers or Advocates. Your interaction with the Lawyer is on a principal to principal basis, both of you are independent parties and NearLaw.com is only a platform to connect the two of you. NearLaw.com does not charge any referral or other fees to either You or the Lawyer and therefore we do not get involved, post the Lawyer- discovery process on our platform. If you have any dispute with any Lawyer, you have to solve or sort it out on your own.

    All User-Lawyer interactions can be rated or reviewed by the User on the platform via the "Ratings & Reviews" feature and will be shown on the Lawyer Profile (post basic automated verification).

  • User Helpline

  • How do I ask for help?

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


    You can also email us at help@nearlaw.com


    We normally revert back to queries within 48-72 hours, however this depends on the amount of queries received in a given timeframe. If you do not receive an answer to your phone query in 72 hours after having left us a voice message, please email us and we'll look into it. Thanks for using NearLaw.

  • Terms and Conditions

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    By using this website, you provide your assent and expressly agree to abide by the rules and regulations and other clauses specified in the (Consolidated) "Terms of Use".

  • Indemnity Notice

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    By using this website, you provide your assent and expressly agree to abide by the afore-mentioned "Indemnity Notice" and the clauses contained therein.

  • Privacy Policy

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  • Limited Liability Notice

    Please click on Limited Liability Notice to review the same.


    By using this website, you provide your assent and expressly agree to abide by the rules and regulations and other clauses specified in the "Limited Liability Notice".

  • Ratings and Reviews Notice

    Please click on Ratings and Reviews Notice to review the same.


    By using this website, you provide your assent and expressly agree to abide by the rules and regulations and other clauses specified in the "Ratings and Reviews Notice".

  • Case Removal Policy

    Please click on Case Removal Notice to review the same.


    By using this website, you provide your assent and expressly agree to abide by the rules and regulations and other clauses specified in the "Case Removal Notice"

  • Law Guides Notice

    Please click on Law Guides Notice to review the same.


    By using this website, you provide your assent and expressly agree to abide by the rules and regulations and other clauses specified in the "Law Guides" Notice

  • User Questions Notice

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