Building Bridges: 6 Ways to Make Your In-House Clients #LoveLegal

As an in-house lawyer, it’s your job to meet the legal needs of your company, advise Boards, and mitigate risk. However, in-house attorneys often get a bad rap for being over-cautious, delaying deals, and focusing on what people CAN’T do.

While it’s not your job to be popular, it’s much easier to achieve everyone’s goals when there’s love between departments. It’s win-win. With all the hard work you do, wouldn’t it be nice to be loved for a change? Here are some simple ideas to make in-house clients #lovelegal, and you!

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How In-House Counsel Use Technology to Save Companies Money

Every year, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) recognizes “Value Champions” – in-house counsel who have “utilized value-focused management practices to cut spending, improve predictability and achieve better outcomes.” One of the criteria is reducing legal spending by at least 25%. These money-saving innovations often involve technology. So what can you, as a leader in your organization, learn from these champions? How can In-House Counsel use technology to save companies money?

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Association of Corporate Counsel Israel Summit #WrapUp

We at LawGeex were super excited to attend the annual summit of the Israeli chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel held in Tel Aviv Israel last week.

The Israeli ACC chapter is one of the largest outside the US, with over 300 members — more than in France, Germany, or Italy. It’s also the fastest-growing chapter outside the US, and one of the most active, with 33 events per year.

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5 Ways Graduates Can Avoid Bad First-Time Experiences (Getting Work!)

Congratulations. You’ve graduated. After the pictures and the parties and perhaps a well-earned vacation are over, it’s time to get a job and join the workforce. We want to make sure graduates put their best foot forward and avoid a bad experience getting work.

So much effort goes into securing that first ‘real’ job that we sometimes forget to plan for actually being on the job. Often the only difference between success and failure is knowing a few tricks about what to look out for when the opportunity comes.

Here’s some tricks that will help you get ahead in the workforce.

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Startups Must Protect Their Intellectual Property When Sharing Work Space – Here’s How

Garages are so 1990s. Today’s startup is much more likely to get its start in an incubator, accelerator, or co-working space (such as WeWork). Getting cozy with other innovators may mean increased business opportunities, collaboration, and a whole lot more fun. The downside is you never know who’s listening to your plans for world domination. So when you’re sharing space with other startups how can you protect your intellectual property and ideas?

 

The Walls Have Ears

Incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces are known for their open working environments – shared work tables and open cubicles rather than closed-door offices.

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Disrupt Legal Gives LawGeex Contract Review Platform a Perfect Score!

Following up on the great feedback we got from Law Practice Manager (LawGeex “Ups the Game” in Automated Document Review), we are ecstatic to get an amazing review and perfect score from Disrupt Legal.

The blog’s author is Mary Redzic, the In-House Counsel for the Bay Area’s Vionic Group LLC. She reported on how she took LawGeex for a test run:

I picked two contracts that I use the most at my company to review to make sure I was including all the standard clauses every contract requires and that I didn’t have a strange outlier clause that is never included.

She found that she had two clauses that were unusual and two that were missing:

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5 Ways Your Business Can Be More “Legal-Ready”

Whether you’re a freelancer, head of a startup, or a seasoned small business owner, you’ve probably experienced a common headache: legal bottle-necks that seem to make closing deals take forever.  You’re counting on that revenue to make payroll and pay your bills. How can you speed things up? Here’s five ways your business can more “legal ready.”

1.      Decide How to “Lawyer-up”

Many of the simpler legal tasks can be handled on your own and are simply a matter of filling in some forms. This includes: naming your business, registering a trademark, and applying for licenses and permits.

While there are many DIY legal toolkits for businesses that you can find online, it’s always better to hire a lawyer if you can afford one. Often, the problem with “do it yourself” is that you don’t know what you don’t know.

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LawGeex “Ups the Game” in Automated Document Review!

We’re so excited about the great review we just got on Law Practice Manager:  The Forum for Legal Managers.

The site is a new (as of February) resource for managers of UK law firms.

The article, entitled Rise of the Robolawyers: LawGeex, notes that

Automated lawyer services are live, up and running and gaining in credibility through highly satisfied users and scientific studies which have analysed what lawyers do, and found that much of our hard work could be replicated with A.I.

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The Oculus Rift Debate – Should You Trust Their Terms of Use?

The debate is on. The gloves are off. Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have now been released, and the fanboy camps are forming. While the comparisons, evaluations and assessments are pretty balanced, Vive seems to ranked slightly higher for quality and experience, while Oculus is proving to be more bang for the buck.

But being LawGeex, we’re more concerned about how the legal terms stack up.

We’ve reviewed the HTC terms, which date back to 2011, and they appear pretty plain vanilla. The big uproar has come from the Oculus terms, which we have investigated and explain below.

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Getting a Piece of the Action – Equity in Employment Contracts

Employees below “C level” (CEO, CFO, etc.) are unlikely to get rich on their salaries alone.

The more usual way to make serious money from a job is to get some form of equity-based compensation.

Employee equity is often granted via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP. About 7,000 companies in the US have such plans, and more than 13 million employees benefit from them. Read More