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Burton-Law Selected by LTN for Innovative Use of Technology in a Small Law Firm

Posted in Change, DirectLaw Law Firms, Marketing On-Line Legal Services
Burton-Law, a virtual law firm based in Ohio and North Carolina has been selected by Law Technology News for the most Innovative Use of Technology in a Small Law Firm. This small law firm is a good case study on how a law firm can leverage virtual law firm technology to serve a diverse group… Continue Reading

How Much is Legal Advice Worth?

Posted in Change, Competition, DirectLaw Law Firms, Free Law, LegalZoom, Self-Help Law, Unbundled Legal Services
One of the winners of TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is a new, yet to be launched, legal document web site called, Docracy,  The idea is that members will contribute their legal documents to an open source site so that there would be a basis for comparison between  "open source" documents and the document that the member… Continue Reading

Nolo is Acquired by Internet Brands as Part of Legal Roll Up

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms, Document Automation, LegalZoom, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Pro Se, Public Sector eLawyering, Self-Help Law, Unbundled Legal Services, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
After 40 years of leading the self-help law movement, Nolo, is being acquired by Internet Brands an advertising driven Internet company. Nolo was created by two frustrated legal aid lawyers, Charles (Ed) Sherman and Ralph (Jake) Warner, who wanted to figure out a way to help the thousands of consumers with their legal problems who… Continue Reading

Online Legal Services: Is It Hype or a New Way of Delivering Legal Services?

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Virtual Law Practice
We have been evaluating the experience of law firms that have subscribed to our DirectLaw Virtual Law Firm Platform to determine what are the factors that make for success. Subscribers to our service are mostly solo practitioners and small law firms who are experimenting with this new mode of delivering legal services online. We want… Continue Reading

Framing the Discussion About Virtual Law Firm Practice

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms, Law Firm Productivity, Legal Fees, LegalZoom, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
There is a thoughtful discussion going on about the value of adding the capability of offering legal services online to a law firm’s business model that was started by Lee Rosen’s blog post titled, "What the Virtual Office Advocates Aren’t Telling You."  Responses, so far,  include a post by Carolyn Elefant, an astute observer of… Continue Reading

Free Version of DirectLaw Offer Expires 08/31/2010

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms
During the summer we experimented with promoting a free Version of the DirectLaw virtual law firm platform, that includes all of the communications, collaboration, and ecommerce functions, but which excludes the document automation functions. The DirectLaw Free Version is not quite free, because we charge a $99.00 set-up fee to cover our costs for setting… Continue Reading

Example of a Niche Practice: Estate Planning for Single Parents

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
Jason Goita, who operates a Florida state-wide virtual law firm, using our DirectLaw technology,  from his base in Tampa, Florida, has just spun off a second virtual law firm web site that is focused on Estate Planning for Single Parents. This is a good example of how to develop a niche focus within a general… Continue Reading

DirectLaw is Becoming an Open and Multi-Sided Platform for Virtual Law Firms

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms, Document Automation, Law Firm Productivity, LegalZoom, Unbundled Legal Services
The DirectLaw Virtual Law Platform is evolving into what is called a multi-sided and open platform. Our latest feature enables the sales of non-Rapidocs documents and HOTDOCS templates, in addition to Rapidocs automated document templates. We added this functionality in response to our #1 question from law firms — "Can I use my own documents?"… Continue Reading