LawAdvisor: a new site that offers free, professional legal advice

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LawAdvisor: a new site that offers free, professional legal advice

If you're faced with a legal problem, a new website called LawAdvisor may get you the answer you need from a lawyer - at no cost.

The idea behind LawAdvisor is that it provides a platform for qualified lawyers to give free, personalised advice about legal issues, including business matters.

If the matter raised isn't simple, or the questioner wants more work done, LawAdvisor acts as a channel for getting "no-obligation fee proposals from a number of lawyers with the right expertise," according to a LawAdvisor spokesperson.

And if the client wants to go ahead, LawAdvisor then provides a cloud-based practice management platform that includes video conferencing and secure document sharing and signing.

The service also serves as a social network for lawyers, including lawyer-to-lawyer messaging and curated legal news.

It is even engaging law students and recent graduates for an internship program where they act as research assistants for participating lawyers.

LawAdvisor is aimed at those who don't qualify for legal aid but who can't really afford a lawyer, explained founder and CEO Brennan Ong.

"Access to justice is a basic human right but legal knowledge today is trapped in the minds of lawyers or buried in books and legislation," he said. 

"Whether your question is big or small - a business or work matter, a traffic incident, a neighbourhood or domestic problem - it's no surprise the typical response is to give up before even asking the question.

"LawAdvisor will change this - we're using technology to democratise the legal profession."

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