Saturday, July 10, 2010
Ever need a form complaint or a canned brief? Now there is a file sharing service where lawyers can post and retrieve procedural forms, motions and briefs. You can also set a price that someone will have to pay if they want to download the item. The web site is called Example Motion. From their web site:
To share your documents on the site, first redact any information from the document that you do not want shared with the public, then click any upload link on the site. The upload page allows you to name the document, create any tags that will help others find it more easily, fill in a description telling others about the content, use filters to put the document in the appropriate jurisdiction and category, name your price, and then upload the file from your computer. If you want to store the document for your own use and not allow others to see it, just click the privacy box on the upload page, and you can easily find it in your My Account section until you delete it.
To search for a document, start with the search tab on the homepage. Once you have entered your search terms, you can then sort through the various database filters to limit the search results to those that you are interested in. For example, if you are only interested in California contracts cases, you can limit your search results to “California” and “Contracts” using the database filters. To purchase and download a document, simply add it to your cart and click the “checkout” box. After purchasing, the document will be permanently stored in your My Account section. The document will be available in the format that it was uploaded (for example, .pdf, .doc, or .wpd) and will always be available in .pdf format, no matter the original format. Once you have uploaded a document, you may then choose to be displayed on our home page to give your practice free exposure to thousands of visitors!
ExampleMotion.com also allows you to request documents from other lawyers and respond to requests from those that are looking for research and analysis that you have already performed. This section is intended to unite lawyers looking for documents with those that have already created them.
Small law firms or solo's (if there still are any out there!) may find this service helpful.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein