BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Queens resident Raad Ahmed is on a mission to ease the process of finding a good lawyer in your neighborhood through an online platform called LawTrades.
Ahmed, 25, a graduate of St. John’s University and SUNY Buffalo law school, is the founder and CEO of LawTrades.com, an online portal set to launch in a few weeks.
During his second year of law school, Ahmed started a Facebook web app, called MyFBcoverphoto.com. From the success of his first website, which has reached over 2.5 million users, he started to analyze the way legal services are delivered.
After seeing the lack of legal services available for people looking for lawyers and lawyers looking to expand their law practice, Ahmed’s mission to use technology to make access to legal services affordable, accessible and transparent is on its way to becoming a reality.
The website allows people to use the Internet as a tool to quickly connect with lawyers by finding a lawyer closest to them, checking their live availability, and booking an appointment via LawTrades.com, right away.
“It is a time-saver and it streamlines the process of seeing a lawyer,” Ahmed said.
To get started, a client will enter their zip code and legal issue, which then leads them to a list of attorneys with their personal profiles, and from there clients can check the lawyer’s availability in real-time, their pricing and credentials, for free.
Through this service, Ahmed said potential clients can avoid the hassle of searching for a good lawyer and talking to their secretary, while gaining access to their case files and contracts. It also gives clients the chance to rate their experience and write comments about the lawyer.
Ahmed said his user-friendly website will also offer consumers a blog that consists of posts related to legal services, the legal industry and savvy-Internet tips.
LawTrades is not only for clients looking for legal aid, but it is also a way for lawyers to attract new clients and gain visibility in broader markets, by signing up with an annual fee.
Ahmed said the end goal of LawTrades will allow lawyers to start their own virtual law practice, where they can manage their appointments and connect with their clients instantly.
“We market it to lawyers as a way to create an instant virtual law practice,” Ahmed said.
To learn more about LawTrades or to sign up for early access to the website with special perks, visit www.LawTrades.com.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.