One of the biggest ways new companies and new technologies have changed the relationships lawyers used to have with their clients and potential clients is to eliminate the very need for lawyers.
A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette discussed various ways entrepreneurs are avoiding using lawyers for simple business transactions and forms.
While many lawyers disdain apps and sites like LegalZoom as inadequate, the simple reality is that they are eating into a lawyer’s (especially a solo or small firm lawyer) potential client base.
The problem, just touched on in the article, is a big one – there is a massive number of people who need legal services who lawyers won’t (or can’t) serve. Part of this is cost – obviously, it costs a lot of money to go to law school, leaving most new lawyers buried in debt, but there’s also, in our opinion, a “snob” factor – that is, the unwillingness of lawyers to embrace the fact that they and their work have become mere commodities.
What do you think?