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Lawyers.comsm Community Help

Welcome to the new community forums on Lawyers.comsm! The new, robust community sets the stage for future site-wide programs designed for you.

Current Lawyers.comsm Community Member Login and Confirmation

The release of upgraded community program requires the use of email addresses and passwords for login. If you registered on our previous message board system before February 23, 2009, and have an account but have forgotten the email address you originally registered with, don't worry. At your first login we'll help you look-up the email address associated with your account using your User Name and Password. If you don't recall or never had a User Name, a new account will be needed.

During the first login session, members who subscribed before February 23, 2009 will be asked to confirm the community profile information on file including the email address and provide additional information. It takes just a few minutes and then you'll have full access to the new profile area.

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Create a Lawyers.comsm Forum Account

Enjoy all the features of the community account including:

  • Easy access to all the messages you've submitted.
  • Identify messages you've not read
  • Choose favorites forums or threads to follow and access
  • Make friends and follow their activity
  • Include signatures with all posted messages
  • Utilize an announcement section to draw attention to items you want to share
  • Access additional sorting options within the forums

To create an account, simply click on the "Free Registration" link found in the "My Community" section, left column, on any of the interior pages accessed from the Discuss Your Legal Issue. Registration requires the following information:

  1. First name, middle initial, last name and suffix (if you use one). We'd like to know who you are but will not publicly share the information with third parties or others without your permission. Our Terms and Conditions and well as Privacy Policy address the any use of the information provided.
  2. Display Name - Select the name that will appear with your public activity at the site. Choose carefully as the name can't be updated. You have the option to use your real name if you wish others to know who you are or create an anonymous name for privacy. Your selection can be comprised of letters and numbers only. Check the box agreeing to your choice of Display Names.
  3. User Type - Choose the appropriate category: Consumer or Lawyer. If you select "Lawyer", please provide your corporate email address and organizational name. At this time, the request for law firm data is for internal informational purposes only and will not be publicly available.
  4. Password - Select a password of your choice using either upper or lower case letters and numbers only. Password can be between 6-10 characters in length and are case sensitive. Passwords are encrypted.
  5. Email Address - Add and confirm an active email address which correspondence regarding your Lawyers.comsm Community Account may be sent. Using a false email address will prevent you from receiving account activation information. Your email address will only be visible to you, within your private profile, or to site administration.
  6. Country and Postal Code - We'll match the US postal code you provide to the correct state abbreviation and provide this with any posts you submit to the forums. State information is helpful to those who respond to posts since US laws vary from state to state. Future site enhancements will also allow us the opportunity to offer relevant state information as participants navigate the site. If you are outside the US, no country location will display with your posts.
  7. Security Question and Answer - Used for account verification as needed.
  8. Terms and Condition Acceptance - All participants must agree to Lawyers.comsm Terms and Conditions (TAC). The TAC's may be updated periodically or as deemed necessary. You will not need to accept them again if they change.
  9. Security Code - Enter the security letters and numbers from the image. If you can't clearly see the image, use the refresh button for a new one. (You will need to add your password again but all other data will remain.)

After you have provided the necessary information, click Register to submit your registration.

When your registration is completed, an activation email will be sent to the email address on the account registration page. Please follow the instructions in the email to confirm your account. Once the account is confirmed you may login. Tip: If working in multiple browsers, check each one for new tabs or open windows.

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Signing into Your Account

Select the "Sign in" link found under the "My Community" section on any of the forum and chat pages found within the Discuss Your Legal Issue area or choose to reply to a post. Provide your account email address and password to complete sign in. Once signed in, you'll be returned to the community page you were viewing.

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Passwords

For security, all passwords are encrypted and not available for anyone to view. If you've forgotten your account password, request a reset link be sent to the email address on file for the account. Accessing the unique link allows the account password to be changed and completes sign in. The link will expire after 3 hrs and can be accessed only once. Tip: If working in multiple browsers, check each one for new tabs or open windows.

Passwords may also be changed after sign-in. Simply click on "Edit Profile" in the right tool bar under "My Community," select the "Sign in Information" tab and complete the desired changes.

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My Community

Once you sign in, you can edit and update your personal information. The "My Community" section includes:

Display Name - Access the public information available with forum posts you submit including:

  • Avatar
  • Member since date
  • Last login date
  • State location - based on the zip code in the account
  • Posts - Access a listing of original or reply postings you've submitted.
  • Biographical, "Bio," information - The information you want others to know about you.
  • Announcements - Consider providing access to additional involvement on Lawyers.comsm such as chats or Ask a Lawyer Q & A's if you're a host or panelist. Referencing material you've found helpful on Lawyers.comsm or the Internet would be appropriate in this location.
  • My Activity - Easy access to your recent activity on the forums.
  • My Comments - Displays the feedback you've received from other subscribed participants. Tip: You're in control of displaying or removing comments submitted to your account.

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Home - Recent conversations or forums and posts marked as favorites are found here. View your friends and their activities.

  • Your Conversations - Maintains the privacy of your email account but allows exchanges between you and other members. If you're not interested in participating in a discussion, simply delete the entry. Notification of the conversation request will be sent to your private email address. If you'd rather not receive email notification, change the setting by accessing the site options tab found in the "Edit Profile under the site options tab.
  • Favorites - Mark a specific message or forum as a favorite within a message and it will appear in this section. If you add a forum as a favorite, it will also appear in the left tool bar for easy access. Posts and forums are grouped together.

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Edit Profile - Access and update account information, settings and options through the three section found in this location.

Profile Options
  • Avatars - Use the default avatar or upload one of your choice.
  • Bio - Add or update the biographical information available through your Display Name with submitted messages.
  • If you're an individual, give us a general description of your situation or what brought you to Lawyers.comsm. For example: "Injured worker struggling with comp system for last 3 years." We discourage the inclusion of any personal contact information.
  • If you're a lawyer or other professional, we suggest providing contact info, including email or Web site address, in this location. If you ever choose to update your biographical information, the change will reflect in all past as well as future postings.

Common Profile Options - Update your account information. If you have a website, blog or an item to read you wish others to know about, feel free to add them; this information will display on the public profile available through account Display Names.

Site Option - Customize your account in a number of areas but specifically with:

  • Threaded or Flat Message View - Choose the viewing option for message threads that you prefer.
  • Signature - Add a signature that would be with all submitted messages. Limit of 250 characters including spaces.

Sign in Information

  • Email Address
  • Password

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Posts You Have Not Read- Access the posts you've not yet read across all the forums. If you're only interested in the posts from certain forms, the sorting function at the top let's you choose forum of interest and return posts from the specific group.

Tip: To view multiple posts from this page, right click on the post title and open in a new window. The post breadcrumb at the top of the page will show the exact location.

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Sign-out - Protect your account. Don't forget to sign-out and close all browsers you may have opened while accessing the community. An open browser with an active session will remain accessible for 2 hours.

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Forum Functionality

Forum functionality will vary depending on whether viewed before or after sign in and whether in “threaded” or “flat” format. Complete a free registration to receive access to all the features offered with the forums.

Forum Navigation

Use the selections at the top of each page to navigate within the forums area.

Forum Home Page

Topics

The main Topics section of the Forum home page provides access to the 5 most recently active topics across all forums. View a listing of all topic activity across all forums by selecting the "More" link at the bottom of the first section.

Sorting Options

Available sort options depend on whether viewing or signed into the community.

  • Not signed in offers two sorting functions
  • Signed in offers four sorting functions as well as access to submitting a post. Choosing to write a new post from this location requires selecting the subject the new message should be submitted to. Once you select the forum, all activity takes place in within the selected forum.

Tip: Accessing "Your Discussions" if you've not submitted any postings results in the following message:

Additional Searches

Accessing "More" at the bottom of the main Topics section provides additional search options for forums and specific time-frames.

Post Icons and Visited Links

Tracking viewed posts is available to people signed in. Visitors not signed in will see only gray message icons and visited links will not change color.

A red pencil denotes new message and/or message with additional replies since your last visit. The subject link will be light blue.

A gray pencil indicates topic access and no new posts since your last visit. The subject link turns to dark blue.

Red stars indicate a new reply message(s). A message with a star has received more than 15 replies.

Gray stars, like gray pencils, indicate topic access and no additional posts since your last visit.

Browse Discussions

The lower portion of the Forum Home page offers access to the area of law group home pages and individual forums within the group.

Selecting a group name, or clicking on the "More" link associated with each section on the Forums Home page returns the Group Home page. This area displays recent activity within the group along with all the forums available in the group.

Group Home Page

Access forums associate with a specific legal topics.

Sorting Options

Sorting options within the group area is available on the Group Home page. Again, sorting options vary depending on whether or not the participant signed into the community. Options include:

  • Not signed in
  • Signed in

Like the Forums page, sign in offers four sorting functions as well as access to submitting a post. Choosing to write a new post from this location will require selecting the forum the new message should be submitted to. Once the forum is selected, all activity takes place in that area.

Tip: Accessing "Your Discussions" if you've not submitted any postings results in the following message:

Topical Forum Home Page

Area of law articles and other community activities found on Lawyers.comsm relating to the forum topic is available at the top of each topic specific forum.

Sorting and filtering options are accessible at the top of the main forum pages and provides all users the ability to sort the messages based on category and date for all participants. Read status, while visible to all, is functional only for signed in participants.

Access to writing a new post is available in the upper right corner of all topical forums.

If you've not signed in when selecting this, you'll be prompted to do so.

Marking all posts of the specific forum as "read" is available to signed in users. . "Read" posting display with a gray pencil or star.

Topics

Topics, also know as posts or messages, are displayed in chronological order based on recent activity - whether a new post or a reply within an active thread. The display includes:

  • Message title - links into to the original or parent message
  • Latest post - links directly to most recent reply message
  • Display name of participant who added the latest post - link to public profile
  • Date and time of the latest post
  • Number of replies - 14 entries are shown per page; 16 posts and the post is marked as a "star"

Post Icons and Visited Links

Tracking of viewed posts is provided to signed-in participants. Visitors viewing messages without sign in will see only gray icons; visited links will not change color.

A red pencil denotes new messages and/or messages with additional replies since your last visit. The subject link will be light blue.

A gray pencil indicates topic access and no new posts since your last visit. The subject link turns to dark blue.

Red stars indicate a new reply messages. A message with a star will have more than 15 replies.

Gray stars, like gray pencils, indicate topic access and no additional posts since your last visit.

Tip: On each topic page is a "Mark all read" link. Selecting this will change every unread message to read.

Flat or Threaded Views

Each participant has the option of changing the format of viewing posts, Flat or Threaded, at any time. Flat viewing is the default setting for the forum program. Change the viewing preference in Edit Profile under the Site Options tab.

Viewing a message in the "flat" mode will return all interactions within a post on one page. Access a specific post by clicking on the "in reply to" link found in the upper right corner of each reply post.

A message in the "threaded" mode shows each posting individually. An outline located above each message provides the location, and relationship, of the message within the thread. Expand the outline and access individual postings by selecting the "plus" icon where indicated.

Participant Information Displayed with Messages

Registered users along with visitors have access to participant information after clicking into a message.

  • Display name - is listed at the top of the profile section. Clicking on the name will return the public profile for the participant.
  • Avatar - represents the participants and can be either the default avatar or one of the member's selection
  • Participation gage
  • State location - based on zip code provided in registration. If a country other than US is selected, no location is displayed.
  • Posts - access all posts submitted by this member.

Public Profiles

Clicking on the Display Name returns a member's public profile information:

  • Display Name and User Type (Consumer, Lawyer or Admin)
  • Avatar
  • Member since date
  • Last login date
  • State location based on the zip code in the account
  • Posts - Access a listing of original or reply postings by the member.
  • Biographical, "Bio," information - The information the members wants others to know
  • Announcements - Here you'll find general information such as additional involvement on Lawyers.com such as chats or Ask a Lawyer Q & A's if the member is a host or panelist. Others may reference material they've found helpful on Lawyers.com or the Internet
  • My Activity - Easy access to the member's recent activity on the forums. Members may choose to exclude information from this section.
  • My Comments - Displays the feedback received from other subscribed participants. Members are in control of displaying or removing comments submitted to their account.

Posting Guidelines

Before beginning, review the Forum Rules for detailed posting guidelines. Below are summary points from the guidelines:

  • Select the one best forum for your question; no spamming.
  • Post respectfully, no "flaming" or foul language.
  • Be cautions in providing your contact information.
  • Do not name other individuals or businesses.
  • No advertisement, solicitation or copyrighted information without permission.
  • Help the community. Use upper and lower case letters and standard punctuation; please turn-off the "caps lock" key.

New Post

  • Compose
    • Subject lines - Have a character limit of 60 including spaces.
    • Composition box - allows for limited customization of the text including: bolding, italics, underline, indentation, bullets, adding icons to display within the message . Pasting content from Word is allowed. Links/URLs included in text will not "hot."
    • Email Alerts - If you want to receive emails sent to your private email address alerting you to any new messages added to the topic thread, check the box at the bottom of the post.

Tip: If you decide you don't want to receive the messages, click on the link "Stop Emailing replies to me" found at the top of the topic thread.

Options

The options page provides a selection of icons to display with the message on the main topic index.

Preview

See what your message looks like prior to submission.

Post

Select the post button when ready to submit your message. Upon submission, the message can be viewed by the public. You may edit your post for 5 minutes after publishing. You will need to provide a reason for the update in the "Edit Notes" box. Edit notes are not publicly visible. Deleting a whole post is not allowed, but you can delete the text within your post.

Reply to a Topic

Replies to a message are made by selecting either "Reply"or "Quick Reply."

Quick reply provides only the composition box noted below.

Compose

  • Subject lines - Can be changed; character limit of 60 including spaces.
  • Quoting - The post you are responding to is located above the reply box. You may include the entire message in your reply by selecting "Quote" or highlight the portion you wish to include and then select "Quote." You may delete text included in the quoted section prior to submission.
  • Tip: Use caution in quoting an entire message - you reply may be pushed far down the page.
  • Composition box - allows for limited customization of the text including: bolding, italics, underline, indentation, bullets, adding icons to display within the message . Copying/pasting text from Word is allowed. Links/URLs included in text will not "hot."
  • Email Alerts - If you want to receive emails sent to your private email address alerting you to any new messages added to the topic thread, check the box at the bottom of the post.

Tip: If you decide you don't want to receive the messages, click on the link "Stop Emailing replies to me" found at the top of the topic thread.

Options

The options page provides a selection of icons to display with the message on the main topic index.

Related

Access to all postings in the thread.

Preview

See what your message looks like prior to submission.

Post

Select the post button when ready to submit your message. Upon submission, the message can be viewed by the public. An Edit link is available for 5 minutes after posting allowing updates. Please provide a reason for the update in the "Edit Notes" box. Edit notes are not publicly visible. Deleting en entire post is not allowed, but you may delete the text within the post within the 5 minute window.

Favorites

Add or remove a post or forum as a Favorite by clicking on the icon. Favorite selections appear in your Home section of My Community. Posts and Forums are grouped together. Removal of a favorite selection is made from the Home section.

Contact

Viewing profiles, accessing posts and starting a conversation are available through the contact option when in a specific message.

Conversations are sent within the forum to the participant and appear in the related section on their Home page. Recipients may choose to reply or delete. Replies will appear in the Conversation section in the senders Home page. Please respect others - if a conversation request does not result in a response, do not repeatedly send requests.

Reply Notification and Ratings

Receive email notification sent to the email account in your registration when replies are added to a post by selecting the link at the top of thread. To stop receiving notifications, click on the link in the email and scroll to the top of the thread. Click on "Stop emailing replies to me" link.

Really like a post or response? Make it known by selecting the star ratings.

Report Abuse

Participants may report a messages and posters who are not respecting others on the board or the Forum Rules. Please provide a subject line and comments regarding the message. The site administration will review and take appropriate action. Message details will be included in the report; no need to add. Thank you for helping keep the community welcoming to all.

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