Posted by: johnocunningham | July 12, 2018

The Lawyer Bots Are Coming, The Lawyer Bots Are Coming…

Lawyers continue to see encroachments on their turf by technology providers, who have now created “lawyer-bots” that fight parking tickets, contest property taxes and perform other tasks in a faster and more cost-efficient fashion than human lawyers.

This is just the latest in a series of technological encroachments into areas such as document review, contract analyses, legal research, economic damage assessments, and generation of basic wills, powers of attorney and other legal documents.

Law firms now have to distinguish themselves not only from human competitors, but electronic ones as well. They have to figure out what they do better or best, and communicate that effectively. They also have to look to the future, stake out the turf they know they can capture or defend, and take a little risk by innovating cost-effective, convenient and high-speed solutions before someone else beats them to the punch.

Individual lawyers need to figure out how their human experience connecting with, dealing with and collaborating with other humans can add value for a client in ways that technologies cannot, or in ways that help drive the technologies in the right direction for the greater benefit of clients. When it comes to machines, if you can’t beat ’em, you can at least supervise them and train them.

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