Technology has really and truly changed the way we do everything from ordering food, to calling a cab, to working out and everything in between. Now new technology could help to make lawyers more affordable in the US, by allowing them to do more work quickly. One new technology called EverLaw seeks to help lawyers sort through documents more quickly, saving their clients money since tasks will take less time.
Until recently, most law firms have been pretty averse to changing their ways. There wasn’t much incentive to improve their efficiency since lawyers work primarily with people – not technology. In addition, prior to the 2008 recession, people who needed lawyers could largely afford them. Steven Sinofsky, who worked on the Everlaw project but also used to work for Microsoft Office told Wired Magazine “We spent 10, maybe 15, years trying to move the legal profession from Word Perfect. Bankers moved to Excel faster.” Showing just how sluggish lawyers can be when it comes to new processes.
However, in this post-recession era, lawyers have had to find ways to make themselves more affordable to clients. There are a variety of startups that help people save money in this neccesary area of life. There are more than a few that seek to help lawyers find things faster including Everlaw. However, there are also a couple startups that help people and small businesses write or file legal documents online, saving them hundreds of dollars in lawyer’s fees.
These new technologies not only make law affordable for people, it also makes it more equitable. Harvard Law School recently digitized its library and put it online, meaning that you don’t have to be able to afford a law school education to read the volumes there.
As for lawyers who are worried about losing their jobs due to automation – experts say there’s nothing to worry about. The practice of law is still a very human based occupation that will be much harder to replace with AI than others.
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