This Jason Koebler article in the Atlantic speculates on the Rise of Robolawyers. Don’t laugh. I believe it’s coming.
From the article:
…The most successful robolawyer yet was developed by a British teenager named Joshua Browder. Called DoNotPay, it’s a free parking-ticket-fighting chatbot that asks a series of questions about your case—Were the signs clearly marked? Were you parked illegally because of a medical emergency?—and generates a letter that can be filed with the appropriate agency. So far, the bot has helped more than 215,000 people beat traffic and parking tickets in London, New York, and Seattle. Browder recently added new functions—DoNotPay can now help people demand compensation from airlines for delayed flights and file paperwork for government housing assistance—and more are on the way.
It seems reasonable that one day parties will plug facts into a computer that will spit out the value of a personal injury case.
When this technology first comes out, it will be highly criticized in the legal industry. Advertising lawyers will tell people not to take the company’s offer. But then people will realize that the computer only has to get them to 60% or 67% of the amount a lawyer would recover to pocket the same amount. Plus, a computer will do as good a job valuing cases as lawyers litigating for 2 years—at a fraction of the cost.
To the extent the computer is wrong, the parties will make up for it by not having huge legal fees.
I don’t know if we are talking 5 years or 50. Probably somewhere in between.
Hopefully, I’ll be retired and hiking full time when it happens. Because it’s going to make tort reform look like a blip on the radar by comparison as far as killing legal industry jobs.