Ethics Issues in the Development of Innovative Legal Products with Erin Levine [LGE 034]



For many lawyers with innovative ideas for their practices, those ideas rarely get a chance to blossom because of certain restraints in the ethics rules, unfortunately. If you’re looking to implement new services or develop legal products and are unsure of what the ethics rules allow or disallow, you’ll truly enjoy this conversation. More importantly, you’ll learn how you can work through your fears of violating the ethics rules to cultivate your genius idea.

Joining me today is Erin Levine, a Certified Family Law Specialist and CEO of HelloDivorce, an online platform that empowers individuals contemplating divorce with step-by-step guidance and affordable access to lawyers.

What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • Why is it that the ethics rules hinder our progress and innovation in the legal profession?
  • Lawyers might be risk-averse but that’s because we aren’t taught to take risks in law school and aren’t encouraged by the ethics rules to do so either
  • How the lack of outside funding and non-lawyer ownership affected Erin’s business’s ability to grow
  • Has the distinction between companies who offer legal services and those who don’t become meaningless?
  • Should lawyers have to look for loopholes in the ethics rules in order to develop their intended products/services?
  • The impact of the inability to accept investment funds
  • Why you should pay attention to the user experience and customer service as a lawyer
  • What can we learn from the legal systems of other countries when it comes to outside investment in legal companies?
  • Are there any changes to the ethics rules on the horizon that might allow for outside investment funding?

Contact Information: 

HelloDivorce

Erin’s law firm website

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