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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

My Experience with LawPivot: An Online Legal Advice Service

Posted in Law Startups, Legal Advice Online, Legal Ethics, Legal Fees, Limited Scope Legal Services, Unauthorized Practice of Law
LawPivot, is a Silicon Valley legal industry start-up,  a new breed of online legal advice Web site that provides legal answers through a network of attorneys. Sometimes the legal advice or legal information is free like AVVO and LAWQA,  and sometimes you pay a fee, which LawPivot and JustAnswer require. See more:  American Bar Association Journal article on LawPivot.… Continue Reading

More Transparency to Lawyer’s Fees by AttorneyFee.com

Posted in Legal Fees, Marketing On-Line Legal Services
AttorneyFee.com is partnering with FindtheBest.com to increase transparency of lawyer’s legal fees. FindTheBest is launching a lawyers comparison engine, on May 4, 2012, which allows consumers to find, narrow and compare thousands of US-based attorneys by name, education, specialty, bar admission information, pricing, contextual charts and contact information. The combination of transparent data from AttorneyFee,… 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

December Law Practice Today Issue Focuses on eLawyering

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, eLawyering Events, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
The latest edition of the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine has good articles on elawyering and virtual practice and a really innovative piece by Marc Laurtisen titled,  Dancing in the Cloud, and an introduction to the elawyering concept by Stephanie Kimbro —  Getting Started With eLawyering). I also wrote a short article on Document Assembly… Continue Reading

Is LegalZoom Just a Self-Help Legal Software Company?

Posted in Competition, Document Automation, eLawyering Ethical Issues, Expert Systems, LegalZoom, Self-Help Law, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
In a Fortune Magazine blog post by Roger Parloff just last week, entitled Can Software Practice Law?, writing about the class action suit against LegalZoom in Missouri for violating Missouri’s UPL statute, Parloff argues that LegalZoom is no more than a self-help legal software company, and therefore entitled to the same protections as a self-help legal software… 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

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

Defining the Virtual Law Firm

Posted in Virtual Law Firms
Jay Fleischman, who authors the LegalPracticePro Blog, recently had a blog post where he wished "Death to the Virtual Law Firm." His problem is not with the idea of lawyers practicing law over the Internet, but that the term "virtual" is confusing because it connotes that the lawyer really isn’t present. In reality, the virtual… Continue Reading

Analyzing LegalZoom’s Advertising Practices

Posted in Competition, eLawyering Ethical Issues, LegalZoom
There is a blog post at For Connecticut Lawyers which analyzes LegalZoom’s deceptive advertising practices that are designed to persuade consumers that purchasing legal documents from LegalZoom is the same as a service from an attorney. The post examines the hidden nature of the disclaimer notice that LegalZoom cannot give legal advice, and questions what… 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