WHO ARE WE? This is something we are asked often. People assume that we are a group of lawyers running this service ourselves but the reality is we have an entire network of people behind us trying to bring our vision to life.
I am not a lawyer, My Friendly Lawyer staff are not lawyers. We have garnered relationships with amazing people that diligently work to bring our ideas to life. They are the lawyers, call center employees, partner relationships that we have joined together with in an effort to make our ideas a reality.
Everyone knows somebody that could have benefitted from the advice of a lawyer at some point in their life. Not every inquiry needs to be a big question - sometimes things can be as simple as concerns about your Will or an employment contract you are being asked to sign at your job. We all have questions that we can ask however, you would never actually call your lawyer to ask - mainly for 2 reasons. (1) It's too small of an issue to take up their time with and (2) You would be charged (usually in 6 minute increments) for your call.
The idea we wanted to bring to life was that we envisioned our service to be something that was accessible and affordable to everyone. There would be no fees charged by the minute, no time caps on how long you could speak with a lawyer and no restrictions on what you could talk about.
This service has been available to large buying groups for decades but never to individuals or small business. We wanted to change that - we wanted to disrupt the way that services were being offered and introduce a new affordable approach to law.
We began our process thinking it would be good for individual use but quickly realized that small business' and entrepreneurs could largely benefit from our services as well. The people that we wanted to help are the people that could use a good chat with a lawyer but couldn't afford to have them on retainer or pay out fees for their advice by the minute. Most people wouldn't even know where to start when they have a question to ask unless they have a friend or family member that is knowledgeable in the legal space. Do you just google "lawyer" and see what comes up?
All business's will have some sort of legal issue - how great would it be to have this service available to use anytime that you WANTED to use it...not even for issues that you HAD to use it for. We admit that we are not a solve all to every issue that you or your business will have but it's a good starting point. We have clients that have used our services to speak with our Corporate Lawyers and work through their questions avoiding the hefty bill that would normally be associated with the time spent on the call. Once they have all their ducks in a row so to speak, they can than engage one of our lawyers to complete the work or go back to their lawyer with everything in order.
We feel like we are offering a great service and the year is only just beginning. We have so much more that we are hoping to offer our clients in the year ahead of us - we are just getting started!
Until next time...