by Michael J. Evans 9-7-2012
Free legal forms are no match for a pro, says Consumer Reports
“Robo-Lawyers” Legal Zoom, Nolo and Rocket Lawyer flunk bar exam; create legal forms that could lead to “unintended results”
I’m happy that Consumer Reports recently tested the legal documents created by LegalZoom, Nolo, and Rocket Lawyer, and found that the websites were no substitute for a real lawyer. I often refer to these do-it-yourself legal websites as “robo-lawyers.
There’s a reason the “robo-lawyers” flunked the bar exam. To borrow a line from former President Bill Clinton, there’s “a one-word answer: arithmetic.””
Arithmetic, as in Moore’s law, which says that computing power doubles every eighteen months. So even investors in the Robo-Lawyer websites want to pretend that computers can use artificial intelligence to create documents just as well as a lawyer, that’s science fiction. In fact, it’s nonsense, as the Consumer Reports article proves. [Read more...]