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Friday, June 01, 2018

Just for Fun: Top search terms that lead to MerusCase.com

Happy Friday everyone 🎉! If you're like me, you absolutely love data visualization. So to celebrate the end of the week I give you... the MerusCase word cloud ☁️.

Well obviously you're going to have to click and find out.

From May 15, 2018 to May 27, 2018, these are the most popular words that led to MerusCase.com showing up on people's Google search results pages.

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Posted by Joanna Jia on Friday June 01, 2018 0 Comments

Labels: Just for Fun, Word Cloud, Data Viz

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Legalese: What Legal Tech is Working to Rid the World of


Legalese is even older than this.

"When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind." -Cicero, Roman politician and lawyer. A major influence on the Latin language.

 

"By 2100, about half the world’s languages will be lost, say linguists; one dies every 14 days. Don’t bet legalese will be among them." Why is this the case?

Today we're going to take a close look at Legal English, sometimes referred to pejoratively as "legalese". We're going to take a look at what legalese is, the history of it, and why the legal tech industry is working hard to disrupt it.

Legal English is a more formal version of the English language, with different logic and grammar rules from Standard English. Certain words have different meaning in a Legal English context. For example,  in Legal English "consideration" refers to something of value that is exchanged between two parties.

It never hurts to keep it real.

There are many reasons why lawyers use legalese, among them:

  • It conveys the formalness of a situation. There is power in formality.
  • The practice of law is rich in tradition. This is is the way things have always done.
  • It creates a legal culture, one that separates lawyers from everyone else. How else are lawyers going to identify each other? See also: Shibboleth.
  • If people don't know what they're paying for, they're inclined to pay more for it.
  • A false sense of security. If you put more words on a document, it means you have all your bases covered right?

Ever since the 70s there has been a movement to abolish legalese from the English language, especially in government agencies and contracts.

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Posted by Joanna Jia on Thursday May 31, 2018 0 Comments

Labels: Legal Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Legalese

Friday, May 25, 2018

Allow Me to Introduce Myself: A New Content Manager Is In Town

Hi everyone, my name is Joanna Jia, the new Content Marketing Manager for MerusCase. You might have already read my first blog post, An Introduction to Legal Tech - 3 Signs You Need a Software Solution, if not totally you should.

From now on, I'll be managing the MerusCase social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+), MerusCase Blog and MerusCase Insider Blog. As with everything I write, I'm eager to hear your thoughts. I'm interested in the Legal Tech industry and honestly, I'm new and learning as I go, so you don't have to. One of our goals for the MerusCase Blog is to keep you updated on everything you need to know. The legal industry is extremely complicated, but getting a grasp on it doesn't have to be.

If you haven't already, please check out An Introduction to Legal Tech - 3 Signs You Need a Software Solution where I go over the basics of why Legal Tech is important to understand. The legal industry as we know it is rapidly changing so we need to prepare ourselves.

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Posted by Joanna Jia on Friday May 25, 2018 0 Comments

Labels: Content, Introduction

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

An Introduction to Legal Tech - 3 Signs You Need a Software Solution


If you run a business, chances are you've reached out for help with navigating the legal landscape.

Protecting intellectual property, tax advice, and contract management are just some of the issues that might require another pair of eyes. The way that companies seek legal advice has rapidly changed. Thanks to the internet, outsourcing the workforce is now easier than ever. What once was the all-in-one function of BigLaw has been split up into boutique law firms, and other companies that fall under the umbrella of "legal services". The rise of intellectual property as a valuable asset has led many companies, especially Fortune 500s, to bring legal operations in-house.

Behind all these changes in our business environment are a set of software tools created to tackle these challenges. This new set of tools comprise the "legal tech" industry. Legal tech is a broad term, but at its core most legal software attempts to solve one of three challenges:

  • Lower the amount of time spent on administrative tasks
  • Help businesses manage the relationship between contractors and vendors
  • Repackage traditional legal services into services that are more affordable and attuned with the needs of modern clients, especially for startups.

It can be difficult at times to know when you need legal tech software. But if you find yourself facing these problems, it might be time to start considering certain software solutions.

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Posted by Joanna Jia on Wednesday May 23, 2018 0 Comments

Labels: Legal Technology, Cloud Software, Legal Operations

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