There's no surprise in saying that we do nearly everything online these days. This includes shopping, filing our taxes and even receiving therapy. The legal industry however is known to hold strongly onto tradition. To some degree, we can't help it. Most legal principles are rooted firmly in precedence. In 2014, the American Bar Association reported that only about seven percent of solo attorneys provided virtual legal services. But as the demand rises for alternative access to legal services, the legal industry is slowly following suit.
Virtual Law Firms are law offices that provide legal services via the internet. Virtual Law attorneys use technology to deliver their counsel and work product. They meet with their clients through video chatting, email and phone, and often deliver their documents through secure cloud software.
The biggest concern that we need to address is security. When a user conducts internet banking they may not notice that they are on a secure website, but they have enough experience to know that they can trust their information is safe. Virtual Law Firms use secure client portals, such as MyCase to communicate and exchange sensitive information with their clients. These cloud based portals provide bank grade internet security and they also permit clients to access their files in a safe way 24/7.
Virtual Law practice is all about convenience and efficiency. Estate planning discussions can be difficult to address. No one enjoys contemplating what might happen if they get sick or pass away. But if you must have those hard discussions, wouldn't you rather do it in your own home?
Entrepreneurs are always on the go. Providing legal services to small business virtually means that entrepreneurs can check into the status of their documents from wherever they are.
It's important to remember that an attorney providing virtual legal services is an actual attorney. This is very different from online legal document providers who cannot give legal consultation because what they offer are simply templated documents. An attorney offers tailored and contextualized advice to each client's needs and is held to a high ethical standard through her state licensing requirements. Delivering legal services in a convenient way is just an added plus.
Other benefits of the Virtual Law Firm include more reasonable pricing. Virtual attorneys often work remotely and you shouldn't expect to see them sitting in a lofty corporate 5th Avenue office. So when an attorney can reduce her overhead fees by thousands of dollars per month, the client can also use those extra dollars elsewhere.
DY Law Group, LLC delivers legal services virtually in the areas of estate planning and small business law needs. We offer a secure mycase client portal for each client and always charge on a flat fee basis. Schedule a free consultation today!