There’s nothing like an existential risk to obtain the affordable juices moving. Curt Brown, founder of Overture Law, claims if you’re truly stressed over AI’s effect on law practice, now is the moment to make relocations.

Like a lot of you, I obtain dozens of emails a day speaking about the influence of AI on law practice. Every feed is flooded with write-up after write-up about just how AI is going take everyone’s work and how the lawful market is next.

Candidly, I’m self-conscious to toss one more write-up in the line up of your currently crowded newsfeed, yet I believe there’s a little perspective that’s missing out on from the doomer headings pushed on mine..

We Needed This Punch to the Gut

Why does our industry demand figurative violence? Because there’s absolutely nothing like an existential danger to truly obtain the affordable juices flowing. If a program can create a need letter in a few secs better than what you or I could carry out in a couple of hours (and we’re the ones invoicing for our time), we deserve to shed to the robot.

The question we should all be asking is, “What are we mosting likely to do about it?”.

AI isn’t disappearing. Whether it’s been with outright restriction or by litigating technology out of existence, the legal profession has a respectable track record of maintaining the status quo, especially when the “danger” comes from outside the occupation. So it’s understandable that for numerous lawyers, the second-nature reaction to the AI phenomenon is to either resist it or ignore it.

The problem is that this modern technology isn’t disappearing due to the fact that customers– individuals we serve– want it. They desire AI to make their organizations and lives simpler and better. It’s taking control of numerous various other aspects of company, life and trade, they’re absolutely going to want it to minimize their interactions with a real-life legal representative.

And allow’s face it, the populace has actually been searching for alternatives to legal representatives for years. Self-service legal items are a multibillion-dollar market. The very same technology that has made it much easier for attorneys to perform lawful research and draft documents has actually made it less complicated for the public too.

What Can You Do About It?

AI may remain in its early stage, yet the technology will remain to develop and improve. Contrast a cellular phone from 2003 to one from 2023. For that matter, keep in mind when Westlaw was on CDs? So, what should you do about AI’s influence on your law practice?

1. Repress.

In the short term, here’s some good information. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats still projects 10% growth in the lawful market over the next years. The need for attorneys won’t disappear– it’s how individuals make use of lawyers that will certainly change.

2. Do not knock it till you try it.

Next, you ought to try it out. Several of the items sound outstanding. I suppose some lawyers truly do appreciate file evaluation and a few of the more mundane aspects of practicing regulation (or perhaps just the easy billables), but AI-enhanced preparing and file review will certainly be game-changers for folks who intend to provide effective legal solutions to clients.

To be honest, I desire the tech existed to make products more useful, however I simply have not seen it (yet). At the present juncture, a lot of what I’ve seen has resembled various other lawful tech “solutions”– there’s an extremely engaging sales pitch, but the product lacks substance after you sign the preliminary contract. (If you’re a lawful tech firm that differs with me, please contact me; I would certainly very much enjoy to be wrong here.).

3. Enhance your practice.

I deal with a great deal of legal representatives and it discomforts me to see the number of possibilities for new and repeat organization they let pass them by. You have actually possibly already been talked on these basics ad nauseum but it births repeating:.

  • Be receptive.
  • Focus on closing.
  • Be better concerning replying to current and prospective customers.
  • Send involvement letters and settlement links quicker.

Yet the greatest missed profits chance is recommendation costs.

4. Concentrate on building your referral cost network.

There isn’t a lawyer that hasn’t been inquired about an area of legislation they do not manage, or an issue in a state where they’re not accredited. If you haven’t done so, possibly it’s time to begin watching these as revenue possibilities rather than taxing phone call to stay clear of. Every state permits recommendation charges or cost splitting in some form, whether it be pure reference costs or some variant on the ABA model policy. Yes, you review that right.

I’ve been doing this for a while, so I recognize fifty percent of you are most likely reasoning, “Yet aren’t reference charges illegal?” My response is, “Yes if you mess it up.” Nevertheless, let’s begin with some background from 2 territories with apparently diametrically opposed regulative ideologies, Texas and California:.

Based upon many authorities and the massive quantities of testimony received during the public hearings, the Task Force wrapped up that in several circumstances (if not the huge majority), the repayment of reference charges urges attorneys that might not or else be certified to deal with an instance to refer the customers to lawyers who do possess the requisite credentials; is not viewed adversely by the clients that pay them; and, at the very least when accompanied by ethically ideal post-referral habits by the attorneys included, is not unethical. Consequently, the Task Force wraps up that, as long as they undergo correct safeguards, recommendation costs do better the objectives of our profession.


If the ultimate objective is to ensure the very best feasible depiction for a customer, a forwarding fee is a financial motivation to much less capable attorneys to seek seasoned specialists to take care of a case. Therefore, with market pressures at the workplace, the expert creates a proceeding source of service, the client is benefited and the conscientious, however much less seasoned attorney is subsidized to capably deal with the cases he keeps and to ensure his ongoing search for recommendation of complex situations to the most effective attorneys specifically areas.

MORAN V. HARRIS (1982) 131 CAL. APP.3 D 913, 921-922 (EMPHASIS ADDED).

While referral fees to non-lawyers are prohibited in every state, referral fees to attorneys are permitted as long as the attorneys follow certain standards and necessary client disclosures. Attorneys should take advantage of referral fees as one way to use their legal knowledge to grow their practice and help clients find the best possible representation.

Platforms that enable independent attorneys to share clients and fees in this fragmented, borderless world are going to be crucial for making up for lost revenue, or worse, waste valuable resources on ad spend with ever-increasing costs per sign-up. Overture (shameless plug) was started precisely with this premise in mind. It’s an invite-only referral platform that lets attorneys refer, track and ethically share fees.

Now Is the Time to Make Moves

Is AI going to steal your lunch? Maybe. Probably. That’s up to you.

But if you’re really worried about AI’s impact, figure out how to use it to your advantage.