The online law firm model allows clients to work directly with the attorneys through an online client portal where the attorney and client can speak, exchange documents, and even pay bills. Communications are done remotely, through secure messaging, phone calls, or even Skype. Virtual law offices are growing throughout the country, but in Washington, DC, the model has been focused on large corporate clients. With Sean Morrison, PLLC, the start-up community can now access a law firm that focuses on helping them with their unique legal needs.
Sean Morrison, the firm’s founder, decided to create the practice while speaking with start-ups and tech companies, who complained about the high costs, waiting rooms, and lack of communication from their attorneys. “It was a no-brainer,”
Of course, with an online law firm there are some limitations. For example, litigation and courtroom appearances are not provided. Nor is anything that may require in-person consultation. However, most new business matters do not require face-to-face meetings and waiting rooms. New and small businesses are seeking affordable advice, legal documents, business formation, intellectual property, and other transactional needs.
Despite these limitations, Morrison is optimistic about changing the legal landscape in the District. “We understand online businesses, because we are one. If you can do your banking, shopping, and socializing online, why can’t you manage your legal matters online as well?” For the DC start-up community, the answer is that you can with Sean Morrison, PLLC.