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LegalForce Store Offers Walk-in Lawyer Access in Palo Alto

Posted in Click-And-Mortar, Competition, Law Firm Productivity, Law Startups, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Outsourcing
Ray Abyhanker, the entrepreneur lawyer behind the Trademarkia web site,  the highest traffic legal sites on the Web, opened a kind of Apple Store for legal stuff and other stuff (self-help law books, non-Apple tablets, tablet accessories, etc), right across from the Apple Store on University Avenue in Palo Alto. [See previous post on this … Continue Reading

Serving Justice With Conversational Law: Expert Legal Systems Are Here

Posted in Document Automation, Expert Systems, Law Firm Productivity, Virtual Law Practice
David R. Johnson, a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Information Law and Policy and New York Law School, has written a new thought piece for the World Future Society on how the digitization of law changes the nature of law. Building on a theme first articulated by Ethan Katsh in his seminal work on … Continue Reading

Law Startups in La La Land

Posted in Cloud Computing, Law Firm Productivity, Law Startups, Legal Referral, Venture Capital
I was at a panel in San Francisco this week titled: Law + Tech – The Unpopulated Multi-Billion Dollar Industry . By "La La Land" I don’t mean Los Angeles or California, but rather "to be in one’s own world" as defined by the Urban Dictionary.  As I listened to the founders talk, I couldn’t help thinking that … Continue Reading

Legal Forms for the Price of a Song on iTunes?*

Posted in Change, Collaboration Tools, Competition, Document Automation, Law Firm Productivity, Legal Fees, Self-Help Law, Virtual Law Firms, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
Legal forms, without the legal advice or assistance of a lawyer, continue to decline in value. As a pure digital product, a legal form follows the price curve of other digital goods eventually approaching zero.  Several new start-ups in the legal industry will accelerate this trend. Docracy is a new legal document start-up, founded by … Continue Reading

Venture Capital Flowing Into Legal Enterprises: Total Attorneys Receives Infusion of Capital

Posted in Competition, Law Firm Productivity, LegalZoom, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Outsourcing, Venture Capital, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
Private capital is beginning to flow into companies that are operating at the intersection of the delivery of legal services and the Internet. Total Attorneys, a Chicago-based company,  just announced that they received a multimillion dollar investment from BIA Digital Partners, a Virginia-based venture capital firm. Total Attorneys is most known for the marketing services … Continue Reading

On-Line Wills: Web Forms Only vs. Lawyer Services

Posted in Document Automation, Expert Systems, Law Firm Productivity, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
Last week the New York Times, in it’s Your Money column,  did an evaluation of non-lawyer legal form sites that offer wills on-line, including products offered by Legal Zoom and Nolo. The author concluded that a lawyer can still be very helpful: "… a computer program can’t ask you about your family relationships or tease … 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

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

NJ Bar States that “Virtual Law Firms” Violate the Bona Fide Office Rule

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, Law Firm Productivity, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
New Jersey is one of the few states that has what is known as a "bona fide office" rule. A NJ Bar Committee recently endorsed the role and this has created a lively debate within the legal blogosphere. [ See ABA Journal Article ]. “Virtual law offices” violate the state requirement for a bona fide … Continue Reading

We the People Files for Chapter 11: Another Casualty of the Internet

Posted in Competition, Law Firm Productivity, LegalZoom, Pro Se, Self-Help Law, Unauthorized Practice of Law
Last Friday, We The People USA, , the legal document preparation company that operates through a network of franchisees,  voluntarily filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The company and its affiliate, We The People LLC, are subsidiaries of Dollar Financial Group, Inc.  While the companies apparently had $24 million in sales and 138 franchised locations in … Continue Reading

The Kre8tive Law Group Launches First DirectLaw Virtual Law Firm in Canada

Posted in Collaboration Tools, Document Automation, Law Firm Productivity, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
The Kre8tive Law Group, managed by Solicitor Andrea Riccio in Calgary, Alberta, has become Canada’s first virtual law firm using DirectLaw’s virtual law firm platform. The firm offers "unbundled legal services" to both individual and small business clients. Clients can: buy completed legal documents together with legal advice pay for legal advice at a fixed price … Continue Reading

LegalZoom Sued for UPL in Missouri

Posted in Competition, Document Automation, Expert Systems, Law Firm Productivity, Legal Fees, LegalZoom, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms
It seems like LegalZoom’s practices are finally catching up with it. The company is being sued in Missouri on the grounds of unauthorized practice of law and the plaintiff’s are requesting class certification. To give an example of how popular LegalZoom’s services have become, LegalZoom in its petition for removal to Federal court claims that … Continue Reading

Ethics 20/20 Commission

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, Law Firm Productivity, Virtual Law Practice
The ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission had public hearings at the ABA mid-year meeting in Orlando. Florida this week-end. A focus of the Commission’s work is the impact of Internet technology on the delivery of legal services, both globally and within the United States. The Commission has a 3 year period to undertake research, conduct hearings, … Continue Reading

Innovation and Rules of Professional Responsibility

Posted in Change, Competition, eLawyering Ethical Issues, Home Office Lawyering, Law Firm Productivity, Legal Referral, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Standards and Best Practices, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Unbundled Legal Services
ABA President B. Lamm has created a new Commission on Ethics called Ethics 20/20 to review  ethics rules and regulation of the legal profession in the United States in the context of a global legal services marketplace. Hearings will be held at ABA Meetings to get input from various interests on how to reform or … Continue Reading

Blue Ocean Strategy and Limited Legal Services

Posted in Change, Competition, Law Firm Productivity, Legal Fees, LegalZoom, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
When we designed the DirectLaw web service we relied on theories developed by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne in their best selling book Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant . Our concept is that a technology platform that enables law firms to offer limited legal services … Continue Reading

New DirectLaw Virtual Law Firm Features Released

Posted in Collaboration Tools, Law Firm Productivity, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
It has been a very busy summer at DirectLaw. We are constantly adding features to our DirectLaw Virtual Law Firm Platform. Sometimes new features are suggested by our growing network of DirectLaw law firms; often one of our staff gets a good idea and we push it out to the Platform to see what kind … Continue Reading

First DirectLaw firm in Georgia

Posted in Click-And-Mortar, Document Automation, Law Firm Productivity, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
EssentiaLegal, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded by Robert Arrington, Latif Oduolo-Owoo, & Michael Mason, three alumni from large law firm practices in Atlanta, is a new style law firm, part virtual and part physical that is designed to serve the broad middle class with unbundled legal services. The physical office is located in a … Continue Reading

LEGALTECH NEW YORK 2009

Posted in Document Automation, eLawyering Events, Law Firm Productivity, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Web Legal Advisors
We are exhibiting our DirectLaw Web Service at LEGALTECH in New York on February 2-4, 2009. This show is one of the largest legal technology shows involving over 450 legal technology vendors which attract over 13,000 participants. The show is at the New York Hilton at 1335 Sixth Avenue. We are Booth #1621 on Level … Continue Reading

Louisiana Virtual Law Firm

Posted in Law Firm Productivity, Legal Fees, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
 Myrna Arroyo, a solo practitioner in located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who specializes in estate planning, has launched a virtual law firm site that offers wills, living trusts, and other estate planning documents bundled with legal advice for a fixed price. The site is designed to provide an alernative to web sites like LegacyWriter, Do … Continue Reading