Law firms worldwide are realising the value they have accumulated in their legal precedents

XpressDox Cloud document automation brings profitability and easy maintenance to online template stores.

Law firms worldwide are realising the value they have accumulated in their legal precedents

London, England—A revolution is happening in the legal profession as more and more firms are breaking free of the billable hour by selling their legal agreements and contracts online. XpressDox, a global leader in online document automation technology is at the center of this move through the convergence of its Desktop and Cloud document assembly products.

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“Whether or not you agree with the principle, there is already an increasing commoditisation of legal services worldwide,” states Chris Pearson, CEO of XpressDox. “In his book The End of Lawyers? UK legal technology futurist Richard Susskind predicted this trend. Now with online document assembly tools like XpressDox Cloud his predictions are becoming reality. Until recently document assembly software for the Internet was too expensive for all but the really large law firms. Now all that has changed.”

Why are online template stores gaining momentum in the profession? Pearson says, “It's simple: with XpressDox an online template store can be profitable with the sale of its very first template.”

Considering that an XpressDox desktop template can be used as–is online, a firm has no additional template development costs to bear in an online environment.

“The exact same template you use internally can be uploaded to the cloud, and once linked to your web site it is immediately usable from there,” Pearson explains. “It was very important to us that our customers maintain only one version of a template irrespective of whether that template is used internally or online, or both.

“And the variable price model XpressDox pioneered is another reason online template stores can now be profitable from the get–go. Customers pay a nominal charge per document assembled, nothing else,” says Pearson.

“Assembly charges start at 50¢ reducing to less than 1¢ per document on volume, meaning that almost the entire selling price of a template converts to profit for the firm.”

Pearson adds, “Lawyers have a limited number of hours they may bill in a given month, but if they sell online agreements and contracts from their web site they can earn money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It makes perfect sense.

“We find that early adopters cite two major benefits of an online template store: it liberates fee earners' time for other billable work, and it breathes new life into cash flows as payments for assembled documents are received in advance.”

Chris Pearson, CEO XpressDox

Of course, not all firms wish to sell their templates online at the outset. Some initially only want to make client–facing documents available on their web site at no charge—for example, new client take on forms. “This is an easy–to–implement, low risk entry point for any firm considering this technology,” Pearson reassures.

With online document technology now being so affordable, many law firms are automating their profitable, repetitive contract work. “Mr. Susskind predicts that firms which ignore this technology will be left behind. That future is here, now,” says Pearson.

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