With the advent of the internet and growing new technologies, attorneys need not be bound to the structure of a "brick and mortar" business model. Lawyers can now reach out to potential clients and resources through the use of extranets, cloud based software platforms, and network legal information as well as better communicate with current clientele over the internet. Richard Granat joins Damien Allen to discuss "The Virtual Law Firm"
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Damien Allen: Good afternoon and welcome to GAL Radio. My name is Damien Allen and joining me today on the phone is Attorney Richard S. Granat of Directlaw.com and Mylawyer.com. He’s also the Chair of the Elawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and today we’re discussing delivering online legal services and how to set up an operative virtual law practice, and I know the American Bar Association is issuing guidelines as the major focus for them. Richard, welcome to the program.
Attorney Richard S. Granat: Hi, Damien. Good afternoon.
Damien Allen: Pleasure to have you on the show today, sir. Could you please tell us what is a virtual law practice?
Attorney Richard S. Granat: Well, a virtual law firm is really characterized by access to the law firm through what we call a client portal where clients can sign on with a username and password. It’s not like a typical website that you see which just has the lawyers biographies and some legal information, but is really a platform under which the law firm can actually deliver legal services to the client and relate to the client online, collaborate with the client, give legal advice online. It’s essentially a vehicle for online legal services, and this is something new. We sign onto our bank or we do our brokerage online, we do our travel online, but law firms are not really done that before. They haven’t had what we call a secure client portal where the client could actually sign on to the law firm.