LegalShield is getting a major technology upgrade in 2016 with the launch of new legal products and services tailored to the “YouEconomy” or sharing economy.
The initiatives are an outgrowth of LegalShield’s partnership with New York-based Shake Inc., a technology startup acquired by LegalShield in April 2015. Shake is the creator of the Shake law app for iOS and Android, which aims to simplify and modernize the legal contract process. Announcing the strategic acquisition, LegalShield CEO Jeff Bell said the move would “fast forward LegalShield’s advancement into mobile solutions.”
A year later, the Oklahoma-based company is preparing to roll out seven new mobile offerings, including a redesigned LegalShield app that provides instant access to legal services, as well as special perks. Across the country, LegalShield retains a network of law firms that exclusively serve its members, who number more than 3.7 million. In its new app the company also will introduce Snap, a feature that enables members to upload a picture of any traffic ticket and send it to their firm for resolution.
“Forty-four years ago, LegalShield disrupted the legal industry by offering services at an affordable cost—creating a community of members and matching them to accountable and responsive law firms,” said Bell. “The costs of legal services are out of reach for most North Americans, and we are again reshaping the future of law services by putting a law firm in the palms of all citizens and our members with LegalShield mobile apps.”
Beginning in June, the company plans to introduce its new services on a month-by-month basis. The lineup includes the new Shake, which will provide free contract templates to members; Launch, a one-stop legal shop for those looking to start a business; Ask, a resource for common legal questions; and Enhance, which will offer education, lawyer ratings and other tools for law firms. LegalShield also will target “gig economy” drivers of the Uber and Lyft variety with a custom legal plan for those who use their own car to earn income.