Mark Britton is a hypocrite!
Mark Britton ~ the founder
of Avvo ~ is the King of Lawyer Bashing,
but is he a hypocrite? Yes. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of hypocrite, Mark Britton is
apparently a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue and who acts in contradiction to his published statements.
Specifically, Mark Britton takes two mutually cancelling and
contradictory positions on his Avvo web site with respect to offering "Free Legal Advice." Above the fold (i.e., in the main body of his Avvo web site), Mr. Britton has created a page at http://www.avvo.com/free-legal-advice and entitles the page "Free Legal Advice - Avvo.com" with a bold
caption at the top of the page "Free Legal Advice."
Below the fold, however, Mr. Britton buries a footnote at the bottom of the page linked to the words "Terms and Conditions" which is found at http://www.avvo.com/support/terms. This footnote is long, convoluted and rambling, but it clearly and unambiguously states on the second page "9. No Attorney-Client Relationship" that the term "Legal Information" which includes all of the free legal
advice above the fold "is not intended as legal advice."
What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away! Mark Britton thereby creates two contradictory and mutually exclusive statements ~ for public consumers of legal services who have the patience to read above the fold and below the fold. The joke is on the members of the consuming public who accept Mark Britton at face value, and the punchline is submerged in the long-winded footnote which turns the phrase "free legal advice" on its head. Mr. Britton's deceitfulness gives the reader an attack of vertigo.
Mr. Britton should be ashamed of this cheap trick and legal prestidigitation. In my opinion, Mark Britton and his Team Avvo are two faced. Mark Britton has a nondelegable duty to speak truthfully on the Avvo web site, and in my opinion, this contradiction suggests that Mr. Britton is dishonest. The legal profession is diminished by Mark Britton's dishonesty.
Mark Britton's Avvo web site is predicated upon (1) lawyer bashing, (2) lawyer rating and (3) free legal advice. The only one of these goals that he truly achieves is lawyer bashing.
Mark Britton has no credibility if he is trying to make consumers believe that he only has one face. Indeed, Mark Britton is two faced ~ Mark Britton is a hypocrite par excellent.
Mark Britton claims that his Avvo web site enables him to shine his flashlight into dark places, however, Mark Britton needs to shine his flashlight in his own face and stand in front of a mirror.
If Mark Britton were an honest man,
he would announce:
"We do not offer free legal advice.
We sincerely apologize for Mark Britton's hypocrisy and
misrepresentations about giving free legal advice.
Consult your attorney or call you local Lawyer Referral
Service available through your state or local bar association.
Avvo only offers a black letter law exposition which
applies in general to many situations. Good luck
with your legal questions, Best Regards, Mark Britton."
Quite frankly, I would not hire Mark Britton to push a broom. Quite
frankly, Mark Britton's financial backers need to think about protecting their integrity in the marketplace. Quite frankly,
Avvo's financial backers need to remove Mark Britton and
install a business person who recognizes that there are boundaries when you are trafficking in human pain.