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vLawyer and William McNeil have a Credibility Problem

Posted in Virtual Law Practice
In a widely distributed press release to announce his coaching service in virtual lawyering, Attorney and co-founder of vLawyer Consulting, William McNeil makes this statement: vLawyer defines a virtual law practice as a blending of a traditional brick-and-mortar law firm and legal services delivered entirely through the Internet and a secure client portal. The American Bar … Continue Reading

New Center For Law Practice Technology

Posted in Legal Education
There has been much discussion lately on whether law schools are training lawyers for 21st century law practice. At the ABA Annual Meeting this week in San Francisco a Presidential Task Force on the Future of Legal Education is scheduled to report out its recommendations.. In my last blog post, I identified 13 law schools … Continue Reading

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

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

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

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Document Automation

Posted in Change, Cloud Computing, Collaboration Tools, Competition, Expert Systems, LegalZoom, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
For years some law firms, but not all, have used some form of document automation in their law offices. Ranging from an MS Word macro to long standing programs such as HotDocs, as well as automated forms distributed by legal publishers such as Willmaker by Nolo, some law offices have incorporated some form of document … Continue Reading

How safe and secure is your law practice environment?

Posted in Cloud Computing, Outsourcing
A new nonprofit organization has emerged to help lawyers assess the safety and security of their law practice environment. The organization is the International Legal Technology Standards Organization and it recently released a set of standards that law firms can used to evaluate: the law firm’s internal security standards; and help law firm’s make informed … 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

Applications for the James Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering Are Still Open.

Posted in eLawyering Events, Expert Systems, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Web Legal Advisors, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
The eLawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA is seeking recommendations and applications for the James Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering which is awarded annually at ABA Tech Show in Chicago ( April 11-13, 2011). This will be the fourth year that the Award has been made. Previous award … Continue Reading

What Lawyers Can Learn From LegalZoom

Posted in Click-And-Mortar, Competition, LegalZoom, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms
Unless you’ve been asleep for the last five years, you have probably heard of LegalZoom, the California-based, non-lawyer legal document preparation company that claims it has delivered over 1,000,000 wills to consumers, and that it is the largest incorporation company in the country. LegalZoom is only one of hundreds of Internet-based legal form web sites … 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

2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report on E-Lawyering: Questionable Data

Posted in Change, Collaboration Tools, Document Automation, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
Volume IV of the recently released 2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report is devoted to Web and Communication Technology. A section on E-Lawyering reports that 14% of Respondents over all, and 19% of solo practitioners, report that they have a virtual law office or virtual law practice. This question in the survey that deals with … 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

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

Minimum Requirements for Virtual Law Firms

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Standards and Best Practices, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
The eLawyering Task Force,  which is part of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association has been developing a recommended set of minimum requirements for law firms delivering legal services online.  The draft that has been published is a working draft and we are soliciting comments as we move towards a final … Continue Reading

DirectLaw Launches SlatterLaw – Its’ Third Virtual Law Firm in Georgia

Posted in Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
 DirectLaw is pleased to announce the launching of SlatterLaw its third virtual law firm in the State of Georgia. SlatterLaw will provide online legal services to small businesses and individuals throughout Georgia. Kerry Slatter founded the law firm with the goal of providing convenient and cost-effective legal services to small business owners and individuals across … Continue Reading

Pfau and Associates Opens Virtual Law Practice in Nevada

Posted in Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
  We are pleased to announce the launch of the law firm of Pfau and Associates that will provide online Estate Planning services to Nevada residents. This is the first DirectLaw law firm in the State of Nevada. Pfau and Associates concentrates solely on the areas of estate planning and probate to ensure the highest … Continue Reading

A Report from Darryl Mountain, Guest Blogger, on the Pacific Legal Technology Conference

Posted in eLawyering Events, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
On Friday, October 2nd, I presented at Vancouver’s Pacific Legal Technology Conference on the topic of Virtual Law Practice with Simon Chester of Heenan Blaikie and Nicole Garton-Jones of Heritage Law.   We discussed the two heads of the definition of virtual law practice:  practising law over the Internet through a secure online portal and … 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

Total Attorneys Responds to Zenas Zelotes Attack

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, Legal Referral, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Outsourcing
Total Attorneys has responded to Attorney Zenas Zelotes filing of ethics complaints in 47 different jurisdictions. The Total Attorneys response can be found here. Total Attorneys summarizes its response as follows: "In a nutshell, Mr. Zelotes’s 303-page complaint (including exhibits) alleges that Total Bankruptcy (and various other Total Attorneys companies) is a for-profit referral service, … Continue Reading

Total Attorneys Being Sued for Violation of Legal Referral Rules

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, Legal Referral, Marketing On-Line Legal Services
 TotalAttorneys, a so-called marketing association of attorneys that operates legal referral web sites,  such as TotalDivorce and TotalBankruptcy , is being sued in multiple jurisdictions by Attorney Zenas Zelotes, a consumer bankruptcy attorney, based in Hartford, Connecticut and Nevada, for violation of bar referral rules that exist in every state. The Connecticut Law Tribune just released a headline story about the … Continue Reading