AVVO - the world's largest online legal directory - now enables lawyers to offer legal services directly to consumers through their platform. Beginning last year, AVVO offered the opportunity to consumers to get legal advice by telephone for a flat fee of $39.00 per telephone call. This can be a real boost to law firm marketing efforts.Read More
Directlaw.com Company Blog - Developments in On-Line Lawyering
DirectLaw has released a new version of its cloud-based virtual law platform specifically designed for pro bono organizations, law school clinics, and legal incubator projects. DirectLaw Pro Bono enables Pro Bono program administrators to manage networks of lawyers who are working independently. Now in use at the Boston Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer's Project and by the Volunteer Lawyer Project of New Mexico Legal Aid, DirectLaw Pro Bono brings pro bono attorneys the capacity to deliver legal services online efficiently.Read More
Check out a new article in the American Bar Association - Journal - New Legal Victories Has LegalZoom Poised for Growth. Is this an opportunity for solos and small law firms or a continuing problem. How can you compete against LegalZoom?
Here is one way:
LegalZoom is a purely an online service that really doesn't provide legal advice. We know from our research that many consumers still prefer dealing with a trusted advisor in their community who they can connect with on an in person basis. This reality gives solos and small law firm a critical advantage over LegalZoom which is an impersonal and purely online service.
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:
You can create new fixed fee or "unbundled" legal services using DirectLaw. You can also create fixed fee legal services based on your own legal documents, as distinguished from documents automated in Rapidocs and provided to you as part of your DirectLaw subscription.
AttorneyWorkSpace is an application built into the DirectLaw virtual law firm platform that enables you to use DirectLaw's document automation capability and automated form libraries for existing clients.
DirectLaw's virtual law firm platform now integrates with Clio's web-based practice management solution. With DirectLaw, Clio subscribers can add DirectLaw's client-facing document automation application and state specific document libraries. DirectLaw's subscribers can access the benefts of Clio's cloud-based practice management applications. DirectLaw is not a "back office" practice management application that keeps track of functions such as timekeeping and billing and docket control. DirectLaw subscribers now can access these functions through Clio by becoming a subscriber.
A survey just released by Epoq, the developer of the Rapidocs document automation system that is built-in to the DirectLaw virtual law firm platform provides support for the proposition that lawyers can save a huge amount of time in creating a first draft of a document by using a document automation system.
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 automation in their law practices. Document automation of legal documents that are generated in high quantity by a law firm is an indispensable process for increasing law firm productivity and maintaining profit margins in an era of intense competition.