American digital legal services provider launches in Scotland



American digital legal services provider Rocket Lawyer is to extend its services to Scotland.

The company will aim to serve business and family customers, it said.

Rocket Lawyer, which launched in the US in 2008 opened its first UK office in 2012 and now serves England and Wales, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

The company said its services will allow business owners, landlords, and families, to make and sign hundreds of digital legal documents online.

It said that Scottish businesses and consumers could also use the “Ask a lawyer” service to receive quick answers and consultations on complex legal matters from Scottish lawyers.

Rocket Lawyer claims to be the the only online legal platform that can handle the complexity of local laws in different countries and languages.

To date, it said it has helped more than 20 million businesses, families, and individuals worldwide with their legal needs.

The company said that the demand for legal products and services in Scotland has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic.

The trend reflects what Rocket Lawyer said it has experienced globally, with complex legal needs surfacing when business owners face the challenges of starting and operating a company.

These challenges have increased as businesses have rapidly moved online to better serve their customers during the pandemic. Businesses and families, now more than ever, want legal help online, it said.

Rocket Lawyer said it provides an online self-serve platform that can be used to easily generate the legal documents needed to start a business, hire and manage employees, and sign contracts with suppliers and partners.

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Families and landlords can also access Rocket Lawyer’s documents and services to prepare wills, cohabitation agreements, rental contracts, and more.

Thomas Cameron, a Rocket Lawyer member who lives on the south side of Glasgow, said: “I used Rocket Lawyer to make a lodger agreement.

“I found it helpful that you can just enter your details and Rocket Lawyer creates the legal document for you.

“The questions were easy to answer and the whole process was very straightforward and comprehensive.

“I was pleased that the document was tailored to Scottish law as some other online legal services do not offer this.”

Rocket Lawyer is partnering with Scottish law firm Jones Whyte to offer its members legal advice from local solicitors through its “Ask a Lawyer” service.

It said the service gives business owners and consumers the opportunity to consult directly with a solicitor for their legal needs at an affordable, discounted rate.

Mark Edwards, senior vice president at Rocket Lawyer for Europe, Middle East and Asia said:

“We are already providing legal services to millions of people in Europe each year, so helping people in Scotland was a logical step, furthering our mission to expand access to justice worldwide.

“We are thrilled to extend the reach of our platform, to engage with new customers, and to have a strong on-the-ground partner in Jones Whyte, who can guide our members through their often challenging legal issues.”

Jones Whyte partner Greg Whyte said: “We share the same passion as Rocket Lawyer to deliver affordable legal services at scale,

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“We look forward to the opportunity to use Rocket Lawyer’s platform to extend our services and reach more individuals and businesses in need.”



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