A legal start-up has launched an instant legal fee comparison website.
The site hinges on a patented questionnaire, designed to assess a matter from the perspective of a lawyer, allowing the site to instantly compare legal fees in an ‘apples with apples’ approach.
Different to other online quoting systems, the assistance required is determined by a program, rather than what the client requests, which LawyerQuote said can be differently interpreted by different lawyers.
“There is nothing like LawyerQuote on the market,” said CEO and founder Melissa Sinopoli, pointing out that clients don’t always know what information is needed to provide a quote.
“They can compare not only on price but they can compare on location, whether you have any accredited specialists in that area, customer reviews, there is a series of other elements that they can make an informed decision on rather than just price.”
With over 100 types of matters available on the site, Sinopoli, a self-declared Gen Y lawyer from Queensland, believes that sophisticated online assessment of legal matters is the future of the legal industry. Law firms need to continue to adapt to the changing way that clients access information online.
“Law firms are aware that they need to innovate and change and that there is a lot of disruption around that,” she said. “Law firms are quite open to try new things online and we think this opens up law firms another avenue in addition to their traditional marketing.”
According to Sinopoli, the traditional way of quoting no longer fits the needs of clients.
“Gone are the days of people calling around for quotes for their legal matter, consumers today want online access to quotes for legal matters 24/7,” she added.
Launched in Brisbane in July, the site has already generated much interest and intends on expanding throughout the east coast in coming months.