The portions of the legal profession who will not accept these challenges and realities are bottoming out.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) September 28, 2011
To accomplish this, every aspect of the legal marketplace has to come under examination. Increasingly, the legal workforce is being redesigned by services that connect parties more efficiently with less infrastructure, helping both sides cut costs therefore helping more clients access lawyers and more lawyers access clients.
Innovation in the legal industry is exciting and challenging-- particularly since both lawyers and consumers have been negatively impacted by an economic downturn. The portions of the legal profession who will not accept these challenges and realities are “bottoming out.” The portions of the legal profession that embrace new technologies and it’s ability are succeeding because they are responding to both problems in the legal field and what consumers have come to expect from other products and services they consume in the Internet age.
Lawyers are like many professional services- their product is valuable and everyone at least once in their lifetime needs one.
"The demand for lawyers has not decreased, but the supply has increased. Pricing has not followed suit," stated Shpoonkle CEO Robert Niznik.
Even with services that are a matter of life and death, such as health care, consumers are forced to make decisions based upon costs. Consumers that are lucky enough to have health insurance, will only go to doctors covered by their insurance and will make further decisions based upon their copay and what their insurance will cover. Without health insurance, many consumers are forced to let their conditions deteriorate. Doctors are adjusting rates for consumers that pay out of pocket while insurance companies have long used their power to negotiate down rates. While larger corporate clients have not been shy about negotiating rates with the largest law firms, the majority of individual legal consumers have generally not had these options and instead have foregone necessary legal services. Lawyers’ rates for the general public have traditionally been guarded secrets that involve an office visit and questioning to discern.
Legal Services sites like HireanEsquire.com and Shpoonkle may target different demographics, but they have similar goals. Both seek to address the needs and challenges of the legal industry and make options, information, and the efficiencies of technology available to the legal industry.
Shpoonkle offers free services to both clients and attorneys to entice both sides to optimize the client and lawyer matchmaking process. Reception to Shpoonkle has been unprecedented, with almost 5000 members in six months and the site’s daily visitors averaging in the thousands. Shpoonkle’s model is as much about providing a time and cost sensitive rainmaking tool for lawyers as it is about helping the general public make informed decisions about their legal representation based upon cost and experience. From the success of Shpoonkle over the past year, we see that consumers are willing to try new and creative means to get affordable legal services and forward thinking lawyers are following suit.
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