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Online Law Blues: Life Without Lawyers (and Law Libraries)?


Inter-Alia is one of those blawgs that I almost never miss, though its guru, Tom Mighell, sure makes it easy to catch up on past posts and newsletters if you get swamped and miss an issue or a posting, or two or three.

A entry from the Oct. 5th, ILRW, contained this tidbit, which is a good follow-up to my post on Let’s (Not) Kill All the Law Libraries (and my own follow-up), arguing that if “the law” really was “all online,” then why would we need lawyers?

Verbatim from Tom Mighell’s Internet Legal Research Weekly, Oct 5th, 2008:


As the practice of law continues to migrate online, sites like Tractis begin to appear. Even more important, companies like Tractis are trying to eliminate the middleman — the lawyer — from the legal equation. Also, the service appears to be geared towards residents of European Union countries. Tractis allows you to create, negotiate, and sign contracts 100% online, and they guarantee they will be legally binding in the offline world. You can create contracts from scratch, or use a template from the Tractis library. All versions of the contract remain online, where the parties can negotiate them while working on the same document. The service costs 1 Euro per signature, but only if you’re the seller — if you are the buyer, it won’t cost you anything to use the site. — (go to ILRW, 10/5/08 issue, to find this post and more)

(Of course, I’m perfectly happy if YOU don’t hire a lawyer when you draft that contract, but I sure will (and you can be sure that if you are pro se, your opponent will hire one too).

It’s all online???? Hal? Hal? HAL!!!

(If you were wondering (and you were, weren’t you? :-), my own favorite Arthur C. Clarke novel is Childhood’s End. It’s on my Everyone Must Read list, with these 3:

1) Mark Twain’s,
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
2) U.S. Constitution
3) Jill Bolte Taylor’s, “Stroke of Insight” (If you or anyone near you could conceivably be medically incommunicative, but alive, you will want EVERYONE around you to have read this book.))