The cost-effectiveness of cloud technology (aka “virtual law office” or VLO) that enables lawyers to deliver online legal services has been touted as one of best methods to address access to justice challenges, increasing as a result of a prolonged economic downturn. Joblessness has no apparent end in sight, and the middle class is rapidly eating through their savings and retirement accounts. As a result, they have joined the ranks of those who cannot afford traditional legal representation, but do not necessarily qualify for legal aid.
Blogger/writer and Founder of Law Practice Strategy, an information center on the future of law practice and legal technology, focusing on the needs of solos and small firms. Executive Committee member, California State Bar's Law Practice Management & Technology section. Member, ABA-LPM's eLawyering Task Force Committee.
OK, I admit it. I’m one of those bloggers that writes about the need to adopt emerging legal trends as if your practice will disappear tomorrow if you don’t. Virtual lawyering, alternative fee arrangements, unbundling and document assembly: threats of the legal services industry nibbling at the edges of your client list.
Admittedly, there is a certain urgency to this as new and different legal service delivery models proliferate. The problem is approaching the task of incorporating radical changes into your law practice structure all at once is daunting—so daunting that many lawyers become discouraged and do nothing. How do I know this?
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A recent CNN Money blog post on unauthorized practice of law addresses the issues raised by the class action lawsuit against LegalZoom pending in Missouri. The piece was the motivating force behind a thorough discussion, in the ABA’s eLawyering Task Force, of the differences between “self-help” legal sites or software and document processing services.
Contrary to popular opinion, project management is a very simple concept based on common sense. It is the systemization of a process, and people do it instinctually all the time. But when projects require the coordination of work in a group environment, the system needs to be documented for buy-in by all participants.
About a year ago, I learned that the U.S. was considered “high risk” on privacy and security by the international community because of the Patriot Act. Being blissfully unaware of the contents of the Act, I dismissed this notion out of hand until this spring, when I discovered why: the Department of Homeland Security authorizes both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to seize all electronic devices coming into the country and search the contained data. That includes your smart phone and flash drives.
Although this is not known to occur with frequency, it does occur, and half of those searched have been U.S. citizens. Since they don’t need probable cause, you just might get lucky.
I am thrilled to join the Lawyerist site, and eager to contribute information and insights into the dynamics of our changing profession and how solo and small firm lawyers can leverage technology and emerging trends to create a successful law practice in the 21st Century.