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
Directlaw.com Company Blog - Developments in Virtual Lawyering
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:
Box, a secure collaboration, file sharing and file storage application, announced last week new integrations with 22 mobile and web legal platforms, and a special promotion through the American Bar Association Advantage program that gives ABA members 50 GB of free file-sharing space in Box.
Directlaw has launched a new Attorney Dashboard to make its virtual law firm platform even easier to manage, just in time for ABA TECHSHOW. The next time you log in to your Dash Board you will notice some major changes. Here are a few highlights:
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.
The American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force has compiled a draft set of best practice guidelines for legal document providers, which can be downloaded here*. The Guidelines would apply to web-enabled legal document providers such as DirectLaw. even though this service is provided to attorneys, and not consumers.
I have noticed recently the launch of many lead generation Web sites for lawyers. Some of these Web sites will be useful for marketing the online legal services of virtual law firms.