First, lawyers can now use their e-mail to claim their profile using email verification rather than a credit card. More information on this change can be found here on the Avvo blog. [ed. note: I wrestled with the use of credit cards to validate identity in connection with another lawyer-directed website I was developing. Let’s just say it didn’t go over well; lawyers stayed away in droves. Then again if Avvo didn’t ask for proof of identity there would be an equal but opposite uproar. Welcome to the lawyer party, guys at Avvo … are you having fun yet?]
Second, lawyers who practice in more than one state can now merge their profiles. More information can be found here.