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If you need to find a good attorney, forget the Yellow Pages and hop online.

This story appears in the March 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's rough enough when your business is facing a legal problem that needs attention right away. What makes it far worse is having no idea where to turn for legal advice from someone who knows small-business law.

That's why San Francisco attorney Dmitry Shubov, 31, founded LegalMatch, a Web site that lets consumers and entrepreneurs shop online for lawyers willing and able to help with their particular problems. Founded in 1999, with its Web site launched in 2000, LegalMatch is far more precise than just asking around or, worse, flipping through the Yellow Pages. It goes several steps beyond the referral services offered by state and local bar associations, which typically listen to the client's problem and suggest one to three lawyers in the broad practice area-whomever's next in the rotation.

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