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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Law - "Online Matchmakers Offer New Way to Find Legal Help: Small firms can connect with lawyers for complex jobs"

From Jennifer Smith of the WSJ, this $$ story. It begins:

There's a new option for small companies seeking legal advice: online matchmaking services that promise to connect clients with lawyers in their price range.

Many small businesses can't afford to keep a law firm on retainer, so some consult with attorneys only when a crisis hits. Others turn to the Internet for quick legal fixes—downloading cheap legal forms to fill out themselves or paying a small fee to ask lawyers simple questions.

Now a handful of services let small businesses hire lawyers for more complex jobs, like drafting a lease or filing a trademark or patent, through Internet marketplaces.

UpCounsel Inc., for instance, lets clients post jobs and field bids for work from a screened group of lawyers, and handles billing and other tasks for those attorneys.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 3, 2013 10:11 AM
Posted to General Law Related