Lawyers should offer ‘unbundled’ legal services to the public in order to improve access to the law – and also to compete with online document assembly services like Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, the American Bar Association has said.
Evident Legal, the law firm franchise turned online legal service Simplify the Law, has secured a cash injection from a venture capitalist to help it grow. The investor, ARC InterCapital, was set up by former Goldman Sachs vice-president Andrew Dixon.
An innovative US website that crowdsources advice to legal questions for free is on its way to the UK after it was acquired by online document service Rocket Lawyer, Legal Futures can reveal. LawPivot provides answers to any legal question from a network of more than 2,000 lawyers.
All lawyers will be able to have their profiles on the Rocket Lawyer website for free from early next year, Legal Futures can reveal. Founder Charley Moore said the company’s mission is to make law more “affordable and simple” for UK businesses and consumers.
US online legal document service Rocket Lawyer formally launches in the UK today, selling consumers and businesses annual packages starting at £40. Some 20 law firms have signed up to its ‘On Call’ panel, offering a 33% discount on their fees to users.
LexisNexis UK today announced that it has been named Supplier of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2012. The awards recognise excellence, success and advances within the legal world, and are judged by a panel of independent experts from the profession including former senior partners, in-house counsel, journalists and academics.
Nearly seven out of ten people are attracted to the idea of finding legal services on the internet and a similar number of younger adults are likely to go to supermarket providers, according to a survey.
The Office of Fair Trading has written to five legal price comparison websites to urge them to ensure they are providing clear information to consumers, after a review suggested that some sites could do more to improve trust amongst the public.
America’s two big online legal document brands, both of which are about to launch in the UK, are set to clash in court after LegalZoom launched proceedings against Rocket Lawyer over claims in its marketing that various services are free.
Simplify the Law – a law firm franchise concept which launched last year – has reinvented itself as an online legal service that aims to help commercial lawyers repel new competition in the market, Legal Futures can report.