Introducing the App Builder: 5 Things You Need to Know

Community.lawyer is excited to announce its new platform for building apps. Read on to learn what you need to know to start enhancing your legal service delivery today.

By Scott Kelly

Feb 11, 2019

At Community.lawyer, we've spent the last several years building software to make finding legal help easier than ever. We're proud to be working with over 30 bar associations and legal incubators as they connect tens of thousands of people with their members every year.

This work has brought us into close contact with lawyers across the country, many of whom are working hard to grow their firms and better meet the needs of their clients. A consistent theme in our conversations with these lawyers is that they’re looking for ways to modernize their workflows and service delivery -- but the technology for doing so is either too hard to use, too expensive, or both.

Today, that's why we are so excited to announce the launch of our second major service: the App Builder. The App Builder is an easy-to-use platform that lets lawyers build and deploy apps that transform their law practice.

Interested in learning more? Here are five things you need to know about the App Builder before you get started:

1. Apps can automate document creation, saving your firm hours on every matter.

Apps let your law firm take manual document drafting processes and turn them into streamlined automations that dramatically reduce time spent on document preparation. For example, you can create an app that collects information like the name of the new business you’re forming for a client:

And in seconds, have that information automatically populate into a template:

Your app can assemble multiple templates at once. For example, a single app can assemble a Certificate of Incorporation, cover memo for the filing, and any other supporting documents (e.g. a request for name reservation).

The longer and more complex the court forms and Word documents being automated, the more time an app can save you. With all of that extra time, your firm can focus its energy on tasks that really move the needle, like strategic client counseling and business development.

2. Apps are about so much more than document automation.

Example Apps

Discover more apps

Estate Planning Client Intake

This app provides a model for conducting client intake for estate planning matters.

Rent Overcharge Claim

For a New York tenant to submit a complaint that their landlord has violated the conditions of the apartment's rent control status.

Form a Delaware Company

A demonstration of how Community.lawyer can be used to generate corporate filings.

While the App Builder is a powerful tool for automating the creation of PDF forms and Word documents, the technology can do so much more.

Interested in streamlining client intake for your firm? You can build an app for that.

Interested in providing the public with legal information and automatically generating leads in the process? You can build that too.

With the App Builder, the possibilities are endless.

3. The App Builder is an all-in-one solution.

Community.lawyer didn’t invent legal apps -- far from it. Enterprising law firms, courts, and legal aid providers have been building and using apps for decades, to great effect. What's new about Community.lawyer is we don't ask you to use our platform for one part of the app building process -- and four other platforms to actually finish the job.

For example, we know some lawyers who use Typeform to create their app's interface and logic, Adobe Acrobat for preparing PDFs for automation, and Webmerge for filling the documents with information collected via their apps. On top of that, they use a fourth platform -- Zapier -- to connect them all.

At Community.lawyer, you can build your app interface...

...prepare your documents...

...and then generate auto-filled forms...

...all in one place.

4. Looking for app ideas or training? We’re here to help.

If you're looking for inspiration on ways to turbocharge your service delivery, Community.lawyer is here to help.

We offer one-on-one calls to help you get started using the Builder.

We have training resources like this video and this manual.

And best of all, we have a growing library of ready-to-deploy apps that you can duplicate with the press of a button -- and then start customizing for your own firm and jurisdiction.

5. Oh, did we mention it's free? Seriously.

That’s right.

The App Builder is completely free to both test out and launch your apps for real use. For “live” apps, the only condition is that you publish the app openly for other legal professionals to duplicate. If you want to keep the apps you build proprietary, you can do that too by subscribing to one of our affordable paid plans.

What’s more, Community.lawyer offers discounts to law schools, legal aid providers, and lawyer incubator programs. Just email us and we'll set you up!

Ready to get started?

Now that we’ve introduced you to the new App Builder, the best way to learn more is to jump in and build your first app. Sign up for a free account, and you can start transforming your legal service delivery today.

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