Friday, June 21, 2013

Are the British coming?

An interesting read on Solo Practice University talks about the British adoption of rules that allow non-lawyers to form and manage legal corporations.  This trend, which began a few years ago in Australia is now commonplace in the UK.

Now jurisdictions in Canada and the United States (admittedly, much to the horror of many in the bar) are contemplating the same thing.

Many lawyers will dismiss the idea out of hand - but this is dangerous, because like it or not, the combination of cheaper services (and the success of Wal-Mart should demonstrate the American affinity for cheap over well-made, but more expensive, alternatives) and unmet needs (that is, the millions of people who could use legal services, but don't have the money to afford a traditional lawyer) suggest it will be here soon, sooner than one might imagine.

And it's almost a given that the impact will be felt disproportionately amongst solo and small firm attorneys - after all, AmLaw 200 firms aren't writing simple wills and performing other easily commoditized tasks.

The smart solo will adopt.  One potential way to adopt is to become more efficient.  Online Legal Software can help you achieve this goal.  We'd be happy to show you how.

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