Living through a pandemic requires that we learn how to do things differently. I don’t have to tell you that. School is different for our children. Travel is different. The workplace is different. These are activities that cannot simply stop. We had to adapt new ways to get things done.
Irvine Law Firm did not start its online legal services in anticipation of a global pandemic. We started offering online services because we thought there were certain legal services which do not require in-person meetings and can be done more timely and less expensively online. The importance of online legal services became more apparent during the worst days of the struggle with Covid.
Some legal services absolutely require in-person meetings. Litigation is an obvious example. However, the preparation of Deeds, estate planning and administration documents, and marital agreements, can all be accomplished virtually. Our clients are learning about new ways of receiving legal services as we lawyers figure out new ways to deliver legal services.
We learned to conduct client conferences by video-conference. We shared files with our clients using a shared directory rather than handing them a stack of paper. We participated in court hearings by video conference.
Online Legal Services. Are they right for me?
If you are considering online legal services, you should satisfy yourself as to the following questions;
- Will there be a lawyer communicating directly with me about my issues?
- Is that lawyer licensed in the State governing my legal issues?
- Will the attorney offer me an opportunity to discuss the best options for my situation?
- Can I be confident that my legal documents will be effective in my jurisdiction?
Learning to do things differently can be intimidating. I would suggest that the effort is worth the payoff. Learning to live with Covid should not mean ignoring it or living in a state of constant fear. “Learning to live” implies that we are exploring our options, assessing our needs and adapting to get things done. Sure, I would rather visit my parents in person. But, for a long time the only smart way to gather was by Zoom. Even though it differed from an in-person gathering, a virtual gathering was a better option than no face-time at all. Covid taught me many things. It taught me that an open mind is the best response to a problem. It also taught me that, if something is important, we will adapt to get it accomplished. If you want to explore whether online legal services are right for you, please contact us.