I've been sued a fair number of times over the years. To me it's just the cost of doing business - you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. But in each of those experiences, the least pleasant aspect was dealing with my own. My is expensive and has a knack for making me feel like a small fish in a big pond. I hesitate to even pick up the phone to call her for an update because I know a 15-minute conversation is going to cost me $125.
I now know I'm not the only one who feels this way. And I now know that it's a problem for my, too.
The first thing you notice about Lawyerfy founder Jeffrey Lin is the intensity of his stare. Coming from anyone else it might be off-putting; when Jeff does it you get the sense that he just wants to make sure you "get it". And from the moment he showed me the Lawyerfy app, I got it. My days of spendy 15-minute conversations with my are over.
Client retention has become a huge part of the legal business these days. People are price sensitive in this economy, and going to court on either end of a lawsuit is expensive. The last thing clients want to do is pay to find out what stage their case is at or what further documentation they need to provide to their.
On the other side of the phone, lawyers need a tool to keep track of all their cases, to assign paralegals to specific tasks, and to see how an individual case is progressing and what it's going to take to move the football towards conclusion. Perhaps the worst use of their time is digging up case files to update clients over the phone.
That's where Lawyerfy comes in. Lawyerfy is a web app that frames legal cases as the team sport they are. When youropens a case for you, you become a member of the team for that case on Lawyerfy. That means you can log on and check the progress of your case and find out what your needs from you at any time with no charge. That is a BIG benefit for clients, and a BIG benefit for the lawyers who no longer have to field those time-consuming update calls.
More than that, though, Lawyerfy is a complete case management tool for the. All the details of the case are stored in Lawyerfy, and a visual timeline shows how the case is progressing and what milestones need to be achieved. It is also a project management tool which enables the to assign tasks to others in the office, and it pulls them into the case as well so everyone (including the client) can see what is being done.
That's what it does today. But from the moment I saw it, I saw what it is likely to become in the near future: a complete CRM system for the legal profession.
I asked Jeff why lawyers and he said:
"We see a huge opportunity for innovation and growth in the legal space. One key piece of information we discovered was that lawyers spent over $6,500 per year on technology services. With nearly 1.5 million lawyers and several hundred thousand more legal service staff in the US, there is a big opportunity to sell into the legal service industry."
Okay, so why New Orleans?
"There were a couple of different reasons we chose Launchpad NOLA. First, although Launchpad is still a relatively young program, the buzz that it was able to generate was tremendous. Even when we were based out in Los Angeles, we heard what Chrisand Peter Bodenheimer were doing out here in New Orleans and we knew we had to be a part of it.
Secondly, New Orleans is such an awesome city to be in. The people, the culture and the food, it had so much that we were blown away by it. Coupled with the fact that New Orleans has one of the highest concentration of lawyers in the United States, we knew it would be the optimal place to launch afocused product like ours. Looking back at it, we could not have made a better choice than coming to Launchpad NOLA."
The company is currently self-funded, but its reception in the New Orleans legal community has been phenomenal. Beta testing in the New Orleans area has gone so well and they've received such good feedback that they're ready to extend the beta nationwide. Attorneys can apply to beta test at the Lawyerfy site.
Jeffrey Lin has agreed to answer any questions you might have in the comments section, so fire away guys.