Legalopinion.com Launches Service
Seattle's legalopinion.com is a new Web-based service that offers consumers the opportunity to receive a written legal opinion from an experienced attorney, located in the consumer's geographic jurisdiction, it reports.
Legalopinions.com collects information the consumer, and then offers a list of attorneys with appropriate background to handle the matter, it explains. Users choose an attorney from the list, and receive a personalized, written opinion via e-mail, within two business days, the company promises.
Participating attorneys must maintain an active license in their state; be in good standing with their bar; and maintain an office and be regularly engaged in the practice of law in their state; and maintain malpractice insurance; says the company.
The Web site also includes a public chat room and message board, reports legalopinion.com.
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LawForLess.com, based in New York, is an "interactive online lawyer for consumers, answering any legal question on any topic with no retainer fee, no law office, no formal meeting, reports CEO Patricia D. Levan. It promises to deliver on-screen answers to questions within hours of a query, and also offers a financial research arm for queries ranging from securities to bankruptcy filings.
Users submit a query, and LawForLess returns an e-mail with an estimate of the time and cost for research, it says. Fees are calculated on an hourly basis, it says.
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Pitney Bowes Inc., of Stamford, Conn., has introduced its Web-based service, iSend, which the company says provides a secure, reliable alternative to traditional e-mail. The program includes encryption, authentication and reciipient password protection, says the cmopany, and is based on Tumbleweed Communication Corp.'s Integrated Messaging Exchange technology.
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LEXIS Publishing, of Dayton, and U.S. West, of Denver, have joined forces to offer lexis.com research service to small law firms, via high-speed ADSL Internet service, the two companies report. The "MVP" pakcage will be made available over U.S. West's ADSL and ISDN services, they note, offering access speeds between 128 kbps and 7 Mbps, and allowing simultaneous talk and Internet access.
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DecisionQuest Inc., of Los Angeles, has launched AboutJuries.com, an online venue for trial lawyers and experts to discuss litigation. The free service includes an online message board and listserv, it says.
Also unveiled: DQ Projects Online, a password-protected Web site for client review of graphics designed for courtroom exhibit, presentation and research report use.
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Frederick Hertz has announced the launch of www.samesexlaw.com, a Web site offering articles and a monthly column of legal alerts. Hertz is the author of two books: Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples (Holt, Owl Books); and A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, 10th edition. (Nolo Press).
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IBM has introduced its IBM Small Business WebConnections program, which combines hardware, software and services to enable firms to jump into e-commerce. The program offers Web access for up to 100 employees, a dot com address, and 24/7 support, promises IBM.
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Information Today Inc., of Medford, N.J., has published Law of the Super Searchers: The Online Secrets of Top Legal Researchers. The softbound, 220-page book, written by T.R. Halvorson, interviews eight legal researchers, who explain how they use the Internet and online services for legal research.
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Katten Muchin Upgrade
Chicago-based Katten Muchin Zavis, a national commercial law firm with 460 attorneys, has upgraded its Web site. Content includes attorney biographies, firm publications, practice information, recruiting information, event promotion and firm news, reports Hubbard Online, a Chicago-based Web design agency that assisted the firm.
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* Taecan.com, based in Seattle, is now offering continuing legal education classes on the Internet.
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* Microsoft Corp., of Redmond, Wash., has released its Home Publishing Suite 2000, which integrates print and Internet published tools.
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* NetDocuments, of Orem, Utah, has launched a namesake Web-based document service, which offers document storage and backup, as well as secure document delivery and collaboration, it reports.
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* Ez401K.com, based in Walnut Creek, Calif., has launched an online 401K retirement program. Using the program, employers can design a plan and print out announcements for employees.
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* Thorby Enterprises, of Irvine, Calif., plans to release WURLWind, its CD Directory of Businesses on the Net, at the end of this month.
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* Cyveillance, of Arlington, Va., has introduced CyMarketplace, a new component of the company's e-Business Intelligence Suite (which includes competitive, image and legal services). It provides information on diverted buyers; unauthorized or ineffective sales channels; and more, it says.
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* Englewood, N.J's tonernow.com has launched its Web site, offering a wide variety of toner products.
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* InfoUSA.com, based in Foster City, Calif., has debuted its Customer Analyzer, an Internet marketing tool to help identify new customers from a database of 11 million businesses and 195 million consumers.
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* LAWSON INSIGHT II Workforce Analytics delivers e-business news ranging from performance management systems to human resources, the Minneapolis-based company says.
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* Sage Software, of Irvine, Calif., says MAS 90 is an e-commerce module, that provides Web access to the MAS 90 accounting, distribution and manufacturing software.
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* Same-Page.com has announced the launch of its Project Communicator Web site. It enables collaborators to share a "virtual studio," reports the Sanibel, Fla. company.
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