The ABA have joined forces with low-cost legal services provider Rocket Lawyer in a ‘if you can’t beat ’em join ’em’ move. The idea is to expand the ability to offer opportunities for online legal services.
The WSJ reports that the ABA is developing a pilot program that will provide inexpensive legal services for smaller businesses, the self employed and others that will connect ABA lawyers with clients using Rocket Lawyer’s platform.
Association welcomes the opportunity to explore ways to expand legal services to those who need a lawyer’s counsel but are not currently being served for reasons ranging from affordability to ease of access.”
Rocket Lawyer founder and CEO Charley Moore heralded the partnership as a “pioneering effort to democratize access to legal counsel using technology,” applauding the ABA for “working with us to find new ways to expand legal representation from qualified attorneys through video and mobile technologies.”
Currently, Rocket Lawyer offers consumers and small business owners access to their own network of vetted attorneys by signing up for a $39.95/month membership plan. For that monthly fee, you have access to a number of legal documents you customize for your own purposes online as well as legal advice from Rocket Lawyer’s stable of “On Call Attorneys.” You type in your legal question on the website and get an answer via email or phone (your choice).