DocRun’s Legal Doc Generator Uses Artificial Intelligence

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More Software-As-A-Service fun for those seeking assistance on legal documents – check out DocRun. This is not your run-of-the-mill on-line document resource spitting out a list of form docs. DocRun asks users a few questions and then creates a document by employing its proprietary artificial intelligence software to customize the document to the user’s specific needs. Sort of like having your own Robo-Lawyer.  Worried about a one-size fits all answer to document drafting? The site promises that documents will :

 

work wherever you are. The top-tier lawyers behind DocRun’s software have accounted for the unique laws of all 50 states, ensuring the documents work exactly as they should.

 

Ambitious. Documents also come with plain language explanations of each section to help boost understanding of what you are signing. DocRun promises to store your documents securely on-line, so you can safely access them from anywhere and there is no charge for storing them. While on-line, you can share documents and collaborate with others on them, without the versioning problems of email. In fact, you can keep saved versions and revert, or simply view the evolution of your document. Annotate with notes so you can revisit questions or ideas as you move through the process of finalizing a document.

 

Of course, this legal document creation site comes with all the anticipated disclaimers about the fact that the site is not providing legal advice, doesn’t constitute the practice of law, and does not create an attorney client relationship. The site currently is in private beta and fees are not discussed on the page. However, you can request and invite and give it a run to see how it works.

 

With all apologies to Philip K. Dick, do android contract lawyers dream of electric sheep? Check out DocRun and see if it helps you sleep more soundly.

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Social Doc Site Scribd's New Premium Feature

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Have you heard of / used Scribd? It’s a popular, social document publishing and sharing website that permits users to load, search or  embed documents into websites. It also serves as a popular browsing and reading spot, with 50 million monthly users and 50,000 daily document uploads.

I caught a press release today (link here) advising that Scribd is now offering premium printing options, allowing consumers to print business material, books, magazines and tens of millions of other written works and illustrations using print-on-demand services from HP’s MagCloud, Blurb and Mimeo. From the release:

users can now choose to print commercial-quality, four-color hard and soft cover works with no minimum requirements or upfront costs — and directly from the convenience of their home or office. Printed and bound copies are shipped directly to the consumer from the selected partner. Because of the breadth of available content on the site, Scribd will offer print options based on document types and other criteria: HP’s MagCloud offers self-publishers the ability to print in a magazine format; Blurb makes it easy to print affordable, professional-quality books; and Mimeo provides overnight document printing.

Scribd is clearly moving away from its original tag-line as the YouTube for documents and now looks more like a publishing facilitator for those who need cheaper, alternative methods for getting their publications to the masses. Case in point: their new mobile publishing solution, whereby users can send Scribd content to their mobile device (iPhone, Android, Kindle, and just about any other mobile format you can think of) with two clicks. The sent information consists of a link back to the original PDF.  Read more about the mobile initiative here. Actual mobile applications with place holding and local storage features are in the pipeline.

In a time when people are fearing the demise of the ink and paper version of books, Scribd’s new service appears somewhat anachronistic. But, when you consider their stated desire is to bring to users the ability to consume and share publications on or in any imaginable platform, offering old-fashioned paper books makes a modicum of sense. Got to give them some credit for being thorough. By the way, its pronounced “scribduh”, with emphasis on the “scrib” part. Just in case you were wondering.

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JD Supra Does It Again, iPhone Edition

Legal EdgeTaking an already great service and making it better: that is what today’s top information providers should be all about. JD Supra, the online, legal document sharing site where lawyers and law firms can “give content and get noticed,” is taking their show on the road with a brand new, shiny iPhone application. Called Legal Edge, the application allows you to access JD Supra’s topical categories and the sublists of documents organized within those categories. Drill down a bit further and you can view PDF or web-based versions of the documents. Documents submitted by premium accounts will also bear a “Contact Contributor” button, allowing a user to immediately reach out to the document’s author or law firm.

There is a growing number of law-related applications in the App store, but what makes JD Supra special is its status as a collective work of the legal community – the product of its contributors. This is great for those searching legal authority: Legal Edge directly connects users to some of the best minds in the profession – complete with a showcase of their talents  – right on their iPhones, where more and more people are spending more and more of their time. It is also great for contributing practitioners: with a single upload, a lawyer’s content will be featured on the JD Supra Web site and related Twitter and Facebook feeds, RSS feeds, email and now the iPhone via Leading Edge. Now THAT’s what I call publication!

Oh, and guess what? It’s free.

It gets even better. JD Supra is working with firms to develop custom, firm-branded applications to exclusively stream that firm’s content. Firms can leverage JDSupra’s expertise and create their own iPhone app, a strategy representing  one of the hottest trends in tech-based marketing.

My experience with the app is that it is simple, easy to navigate and efficient: with two clicks, I can view an expert’s thoughts on bankruptcy, insurance, real estate, intellectual property and even legal marketing. One more click and I am in contact with the author. There are twenty categories at present, but I anticipate that JD Supra will keep developing the content and finessing the application and maybe even adding features at some point down the road.

You can get Legal Edge for free from the App Store right now. If you take it out for a test drive, please come on back and provide feedback in the comments! Would love to hear your thoughts.

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More Legal Goodness from JD Supra – Law Centers

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Not content to merely offer a repository of free on-line legal documents benefiting both legal practitioners offering quality content and searchers seeking that content, JD Supra has just announced its new Law Centers. Law Centers are pages on the JD Supra site that organize and aggregate the uploaded documents by subject matter: business law; personal law; government law; and, law practice. Within these broad categories are narrower topics such as real estate and construction, immigration, bankruptcy and many other common legal subjects. The Centers will feature top news, recent articles and top contributors to the particular subject area. Searchers will find both the relevant documents and articles and blurbs highlighting the practitioners offering the documents and articles. Coming soon, you will be able to subscribe to a Law Center feed by RSS to keep track of what practitioners in a particular subject are are contributing.

Once again, JD Supra gives up the goods to lawyers and Web-izens interested in all things legal!

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