App Helps People Find Lawyers and Keep Tabs on Legal Bills
Viewabill is a Lawyer App that lets people track how much attorneys are charging them in real-time.
Convenience and transparency are the foundations of a new lawyer app called Viewabill.
It's a fully-functional mobile and desktop app that allows people to keep track of their attorneys' bills, draft legal documents, and locate nearby lawyers.
Viewabill actually let's clients keep tabs on their lawyers, capturing information as law firms enter it into their billing systems and transmits it to clients' mobile phones and desktops. Users select how often they want to get updates, set alerts pegged to certain dollar thresholds and can mark questionable items.
The app is now being used by a handful of companies and law firms on a beta basis, with a wider launch planned this month.
Florida-based entrepreneur David Schottenstein, who co-founded the enterprise with an attorney friend, Robbie Friedman says firms would pay an annual cost of $25 to $40 per matter, depending on volume, or $25,000 for unlimited use.
App Benefits Clients, Lawyers, and In-House Counsel
A recent Wall Street Journal article on Viewabill cited Errol Feldman, general counsel for JPay Inc. in Florida. Feldman says he has been using Viewabill to make sure firms working to resolve contract disputes do so in a timely fashion.
"It helps [clients] to understand what we do," says Brian Baker, a bankruptcy lawyer at Ravin Greenberg LLC in New Jersey, which has been testing the app.
Of course, not ALL law firms are on board with Viewabill. Some attorneys say the element of client control is getting a bit out of hand.
What Else Can Viewabill Do?
Customers can use the app to create a non-disclosure agreement (more forms will soon be available) or modify existing documents they have already created.
Users can also locate nearby attorneys from Rocket Lawyer's network.
A handful of other apps offer similar services. Attorney Proz also lists area lawyers, who pay to be included. Ask a Lawyer also offers free answers to basic legal questions, with replies sent to users' email addresses.
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