I recently hired a lawyer to represent me in a case against the landlord that I used to rent an apartment from. When I first moved in to this apartment I absolutely loved it. The apartment was in a historic neighborhood which meant that my place had a ton of charm and character. The landlord seemed really cool at first, as they tend to do, but a months or so after I moved in she started to act very strangely. She would send me strange e-mails at odd hours of the night making crazy demands and assumptions. My guard immediately went up and I started to save all of our e-mail correspondences in case I would ever need them. I am glad that I did because those e-mails came in handy during my case against her. As time went on the apartment I was living in started to fall apart. A hail storm broke the ceiling windows in the bathroom and when I requested that they be repaired, my landlord ignored my calls and e-mails. About a month later the washing machine in my unit broke causing the entire back room to flood. I called my landlord as it was happening and didn’t hear a word from her until a week later after leaving multiple angry messages on her voicemail and e-mails in her inbox.
The pinnacle of my frustration with my landlord came when I was moving out. I was obviously not planning on signing another lease with this landlord and gave her very early notice that I would not be resigning my lease. After very little communication on her part I moved out knowing that I had covered myself legally throughout the move out process. Three months later my landlord subpoenaed me for two thousand dollars in damages to the apartment. Obviously this was ludicrous and I knew that if she took me to court that I would win without a doubt. I got online to search for a lawyer and was immediately overwhelmed by all of my options. In looking through all of the various law firm websites I was surprised to notice how much the attorney website design weighed on my decision to hire them or not. I quickly realized that if an attorney had a poorly designed website that I would immediately dismiss them as an option and move on to a different firm’s site. Little things like font choice or ease of navigation seemed to greatly impact my judgement of the law firm. It was clear to me that marketing is a very important aspect of a lawyer’s business. I realized how true it really is that a website is today’s most common first impression. I passed judgement very quickly after seeing an attorney’s website design.
Eventually I found a lawyer to represent my case and just as I thought it was over very quickly and ended up in my favor. In the end my landlord owed me money to cover my legal fees.