Legal Advice Middle East: Pairing Innovation with Justice

Legal Advice Middle East, the first online legal services marketplace in the region, is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2016, the initiative run by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL).
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July 25, 2016 - PRLog -- Legal Advice Middle East, an online platform connecting consumers and lawyers across the region, is one of 26 innovations shortlisted from more than 400 applications for HiiL's SME Empowerment Challenge 2016, and is the only shortlisted candidate from the Middle East region. The SME Empowerment Challenge makes it possible for new innovations in justice to receive the recognition and support they need to succeed. The Challenge seeks initiatives that incorporate new technologies and ideas to make justice more approachable for those who need it.

At least four billion people in our world do not have access to legal assistance.

Hague Institute for Innovation of Law seeks to close the huge gap in the legal market by encouraging justice entrepreneurship. Emerging technology and innovations can provide a means to make justice available where traditional legal systems have fallen short. The Empowerment Challenge seeks "Justice entrepreneurs", people with ideas and innovations that can make the world a better place by making justice more available to people around the globe.

Suzanna Kalendzhian, the founder of Legal Advice Middle East, is one such entrepreneur. Her groundbreaking entrepreneurial idea connects people to legal advice and brings the law within the reach and understanding of the people it governs in the UAE and beyond.

"Finding a trusted professional to consult on your legal matters is never an easy task. That is why we have created, to ensure everyone can get the right information at the right time," says Suzanna. "Our online community brings together lawyers and clients from across the region and is the quickest, simplest and most affordable way to get legal assistance across the UAE and the Middle East."

The only service of its kind in the region, Legal Advice Middle East creates an online marketplace for legal services, providing free, reliable legal advice and information, and connecting lawyers with consumers across the Middle East. Anyone can ask a legal question and have it answered by lawyers via public questions and answers, private live chat or by phone. For consumers, the platform provides a source to gain understanding of local legislation, obtain legal assistance, or find a lawyer with expertise in any particular issue.

Visitors to have access to an online legal library, explanations of legal terms, and articles on a variety of legal topics. Features include a searchable legal database, legal blogs, and questions and answers from attorneys on various legal issues. Customers can find and select a lawyer based on office location, area of expertise, language or rating, making it easy to compare and contact lawyers.

"For lawyers, our platform provides a cost-effective means of demonstrating their legal expertise and generating new client leads," says Suzanna Kalendzhian. "It gives lawyers opportunity to showcase their strengths and knowledge to prospective clients and to connect with people who seek their particular areas of expertise. Today, we have participating lawyers in the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt, with plans to have lawyers available in every country of the Middle East region in the near future."

Legal Advice Middle East is honored to have been shortlisted to partner with HiiL in pairing innovation with justice. Having been shortlisted for the SME Empowerment Challenge, Legal Advice Middle East now enters the next phase of the selection period. The finalists of the Challenge will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas on the Innovating Justice Forum in Hague on 1-2 December, 2016.

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