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If you use Docassemble for legal interviews in the United States, you may
be interested in this e-mail below from Richard Granat (of DirectLaw.com
and other projects). It talks about recent efforts to regulate on-line
document assembly providers.
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From: Richard Granat <rich(a)granat.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Subject: FW: Bar Regulation of Online Document Providers/On-Line Document
I hope you are well.
I wanted to make you aware of recent developments by the organized bar to
regulate or prescribe “best practices’ for legal document providers and
online document assembly companies.
I have made my views known here:
Attached to this email is the most recent proposal for a resolution to be
passed by the ABA House of Delegates at their mid-year meeting and a
proposed regulation from Washington State which is now open for comment.
Yesterday I gave a briefing to the LSC Advisory Committee to the LHI team
about these developments, and the plan is to have a follow-up meeting to
frame a response at the tech conference in New Orleans in January which you
should participate in (If you are attending you should participate and Jane
will likely send you an invitation).
A number of ABA Sections are framing a response to the New York State
approach and will object to it formally, including the Center for
Professional Responsibility, the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of
Legal Services (if which I am a member), and the Law Practice Division of
the Aba (I am also on the Council for this group). (See ABA Letter attached
to New York State Bar).
These developments affect the future development of your
organization/company. For example. The requirement that a document provider
waive the “as is” warranty will in my opinion dry up venture capital
investment in legal technology companys and insurance companies will refuse
to provide Internet liability insurance to software provider’s unless there
is an “as is” warranty in place. The “class action” access for consumers is
troubling as I can see lawyers organizing class action suits against
potential competitors such as www.hellodivorce.com .
http://www.uslegalforms.,com, http://www.rocketlawyer.com and others.
The “resistance” by document assembly companies and form providers in the
private sector is being organized by Tom Gordon from www.responsivelaw.org
– the consumer’s voice in the legal system – so by this email I am
introducing you to Tom Gordon. Tom meet Johnathan Pyle the developer of
*Also could you forward this email with its attachments to some of users as
they will be affected by these developments.*
Regards and thank you.
Richard S. Granat, Esq.
*Advisor/Consultant on Online Legal Services*
Direct: 561 - 622-9971
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