This article first appeared in The Technivore on The Business Mirror
Did you know that the most common legal problem of Pinoys is usually about property / real estate?
According to LexMeet, an app that instantly connects legally-distressed Pinoys to hundreds of lawyers, 40 percent of the cases they handle involve property titling, questions about condo ownership or transfer of real estate; 20 percent about debt and contracts, and the rest about annulment, child support and inquiries about startup incorporation.
Since it first launched a few years ago, LexMeet’s has a total of 29,784 clients served by a pool of 452 lawyers solving a total number of 26,525 legal problems.
LexMeet Inc. was one of the big winners during the fourth season of “The Final Pitch” a business reality show. Atty. Marlon Valderama, founder and President of LexMeet Inc. “pitched” his idea for a mobile legal app called LexMeet to an esteemed panel of investors who were hoping to own a piece of “the next big idea”. Mega Global Corp’s CEO, Mr. William Tiu Lim who was a judge/investor for the show saw the potential of LexMeet and offered to invest in LexMeet Inc. Tiu said Lexmeet’s goal to help Filipinos who do not have legal access appealed to them as Mega Global Corporation has always been about nation building and enriching the lives of every Filipino.
Legal problems that are not readily resolved usually end up being bigger problems. But many Filipinos who need legal help often feel helpless as getting a trustworthy lawyer is a luxury they cannot afford. Approximately 80% of legal problems in the Philippines do not receive legal assistance based on the World Justice Project Report. Filipinos, specially OFWs and PWDs, find it extremely troublesome to deal with legal issues in the Philippines because they think it’s inconvenient, expensive, and intimidating to deal with legal issues at a lawyer’s office. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are also in need of legal assistance also lack access to affordable legal help.
LexMeet is the first legal solutions mobile app in the Philippines that aims to bridge the gap between clients and lawyers. With just a click of the LexMeet APP on a smartphone or a computer, LexMeet can give you quick access to legal services that are both competent and affordable.
LexMeet’s three new products are grouped into Assist, Consult, and Everyday Law.
Assist is a FREE legal crowdsourcing platform for initial assessment of a client’s legal problem. This is where a client could determine if he/she really needs a lawyer or if he/she really has a case to file in court or not.
Consult is a PREPAID online legal consultation platform using video conference with lawyer-client matching algorithm. Clients can comfortably request the date and time of the online legal consultation with the lawyer. They meet the selected lawyer face-to-face in LexMeet’s own video chat consultation platform where they could directly ask questions and make clarifications as well as upload additional documents for review. The lawyer chosen is informed in advance of the client’s legal problem with the attached documents. Follow-up legal consultation can be conveniently made by the client and/or they can easily arrange for another lawyer’s second opinion or advice. Consultations start at P500 for 15 minutes, which Valderama is enough for initial inquiries and assessment.
Last is Everyday Law, a free legal information and knowledge through blogs/vlogs.
Lawyers also benefit from LexMeet because it gives them a chance to reach a larger market and improve their individual standing through client reviews. With LexMeet, legal help is now just a click away. For more information, please visit www.lexmeet.com and/or download the app on AppStore or Google Play Store.
With Mega Global Corp’s investment, Atty. Valderama believes they will be able to introduce LexMeet to more people and allow them to add more features to their existing products based on the feedback and learnings from our users. Using the fund, he says they will also start developing two new products, (Lex)Docs, a chatbot legal document assembly and (Lex)Notary, a prototype electronic notarial system with blockchain component.