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Free Online Course on Digital Law Practice

Posted in Change, Document Automation, eLawyering Events, Social Networking, Training and Education, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Unbundled Legal Services, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is offering a free online course on digital law practice, primarily for law students and law professors, but anyone can register.   I don’t doubt that most law faculty will find these topics to be irrelevant, but its connecting with law students, as over 500 law students have… Continue Reading

North Carolina Bar Regulates Legal Cloud Computing

Posted in Cloud Computing, Competition
A  proposed Ethics Opinion of the North Carolina Bar  that provides guidelines for attorneys using cloud computing services, commonly known as SaaS (Software as a Service),  contains language that is troubling because of its potential impact on solos and small law firm practitioners who are creating virtual law practices. The Bar is soliciting comments prior… 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

Increase in Self-Help Divorce in Detroit; Calibre Law Offers Limited Legal Services for Divorcing Couples

Posted in Pro Se, Self-Help Law, Unbundled Legal Services
Detroit News just published an article on the decrease in divorces because of the recession – a national trend, and an increase in pro se divorces in Detroit, also a national trend. The article discussed the possibility that law firms could offer "unbundled legal services" as a way of reducing the cost of divorce, but… Continue Reading

Conn Bar Attacks Web-Based Legal Services

Posted in Competition, Legal Ethics, Unauthorized Practice of Law
Attorney Louis Pepe, a Connecticut attorney and Chair of a Connecticut Bar Task Force examining non–lawyer legal information web sites, believes that these web sites are breaking the law by providing legal services in a state in which they’re not licensed to practice, as reported in the Connecticut Law Tribune. There are differences between  legal… Continue Reading

ABA Teleconference on the Virtual Law Firm

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, eLawyering Events, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
The Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association is sponsoring a Teleconference on the The Virtual Law Firm: Benefits, Costs, and Ethical Pitfalls to Avoid, on Thursday, December 17, 2009 between 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. The program is a Live Audio Webcast with PowerPoint support. I am participating in the program, together… Continue Reading

DirectLaw Launches Montreuil & Associates- Its’ Fourth Virtual Law Firm in Georgia

Posted in Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
DirectLaw is pleased to announce the opening of a new virtual law practice by Montreuil & Associates in Macon, Georgia.   The firm will provide services in the areas of business, family and divorce, estate planning, landlord/tenant, and name changes over the Internet throughout the state of Georgia. The firm provides both traditional legal services… 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

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

Virtual Law Office Technology, LLC (VLOTech) has been acquired by TotalAttorneys

Posted in Change, Home Office Lawyering, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice
Virtual Law Office Technology, LLC, (VLOTech) based in North Carolina has been acquired by TotalAttorneys, a well-regarded law firm marketing and management services organization based in Chicago. VLOTech should do well and flourish under TotalAttorneys management umbrella, and with TotalAttorneys‘ financial backing, VLOTech will continue to be a major player in the emerging market for… 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

Automated Document Assembly as a Disruptive Legal Technology

Posted in Change, Click-And-Mortar, Competition, Document Automation, Expert Systems, LegalZoom, Self-Help Law, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
Richard Susskind, in his new book, The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services, devotes a chapter to disruptive legal technologies and identifies automated document assembly as a leading example. A related analysis can be found in a paper produced by Darryl Mountain, a Vancouver attorney, that is titled "Disrupting Conventional Law Firm Business… Continue Reading

The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services

Posted in Change, Competition, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Web Legal Advisors
 Richard Susskind‘s new book, The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services was just published by Oxford University Press, in the United Kingdom. I received a copy from my associates in London today, and US distribution should begin within 10 days.  For law firms thinking about the future of the legal profession, this book… Continue Reading