US entrant offers Twitter-style legal advice

first_imgUS online legal service Rocket Lawyer is preparing to dispense legal advice via client interactions not much longer than Twitter posts, it has revealed.The company is to offer a free question-and-answer service on a smartphone app to be launched in the new year. Consumers will have 600 characters to explain their legal problem and are promised a free reply from a qualified solicitor within 24 hours.The app was created in the US earlier this year and Rocket Lawyer’s UK subsidiary is now preparing to roll it out here in the first quarter of 2014.Rocket Lawyer founder Charley Moore (pictured) told the Gazette that the on-call service will answer any legal question and guarantees a private answer. Any work that comes in as a result is then farmed out to a member of Rocket Lawyer’s panel picked according to geography or practice area.’This is the “on ramp” for legal services for the next generation,’ Moore said. ’They expect and demand that lawyers are going to be responsive to them, which means being available through mobile.’Rocket Lawyer’s website already allows members to create legal documents from online templates and to have one free 30-minute consultation a month with a lawyer from a panel of firms, plus a discount on further consultations. ‘We know the majority of our users have never consulted with a lawyer before and are not keen on talking over the phone,’ Moore said.The company says that its clients have created more than 200,000 files online in the first full year of operating in the UK. He expects ‘millions’ of documents to be downloaded in 2014 as the company increases its marketing online and on radio.Rocket Lawyer currently has 20 law firms on its panel from across England and Wales, but plans to increase that number if and when there is demand, as well as to expand into Northern Ireland and Scotland.Moore denied that his company was intent on taking work away from existing law firms, describing Rocket Lawyer as ‘the best opportunity lawyers can have right now’.He added: ‘Where [other start-ups] have run into trouble is they have been competitive to lawyers. There is a latent demand for legal services with millions of transactions and disputes yet to be resolved.‘We’re making it possible for lawyers to be much more efficient and satisfy the demand that the traditional approach can’t handle. There is a crushing burden on the legal system under the weight of demand.’last_img read more

Duyn and Torre earn AVCA All-South Region honors

first_imgAVCA Division II Regional Awards LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of West Florida volleyball team had two student-athletes earn 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II All-South Region First Team honors, it was announced Wednesday. UWF senior outside hitter Autumn Duyn (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) earned her third AVCA All-Region honor while junior middle blocker Kathryn Torre (Highland, Ill./State College of Florida) earned her first all-region award.Duyn posted impressive numbers during her senior campaign, leading the Argonauts in kills (333) and kills per set (3.06). The senior ranks fifth in the Gulf South Conference in kills per set and earned her fourth All-GSC First Team selection in 2015. The Venice, Florida native ranks second on the team in digs (365) and digs per set (3.35) and tallied 55 blocks on the year. Duyn became the only player in UWF volleyball program history to rank in the top two in career digs (1,510) and career kills (1,357) this season.Torre had a breakout year in her first season for the Argonauts in 2015. The junior currently leads the GSC in blocks (117) and blocks per set (1.05) leading to All-GSC Second Team honors this season. Torre ranks fourth in the conference in hitting percentage (.331) and has 246 kills on the year.The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 6,400 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers.The No. 24-ranked University of West Florida volleyball team will next travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, this week to compete in the 2015 NCAA DII South Regional hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic. The No. 5 seed West Florida (28-6, 19-1 GSC) will be making its 10th straight NCAA DII postseason appearance in 2015 and will face the No. 4 seed Saint Leo (20-10, 10-6 SSC) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA DII South Regional Quarterfinals on Thursday, December 3 at 5 p.m. ET. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more