São Paulo, Brazil, December 15, 2021 – With more than 25 million people and organizations served and a growing international presence, Rocket Lawyer, the legal tech leader, arrives in Brazil to further its mission of expanding access to affordable and simple legal help worldwide. The North American company, also present in several European countries, begins its operation in Latin America offering a variety of legal documents and contracts that help business owners and families put their legal affairs in writing.
Founded in 2008 by Charley Moore, a Silicon Valley lawyer, Rocket Lawyer uses its proprietary, patented technology to empower anyone with a connected device to easily make and sign legal documents online with professional support along the way.
This same philosophy is now being adopted in the Brazilian operation, offering the following features:
Professional and personal legal documents that are custom-made in minutes using a simple question-and-answer process
Legally binding electronic signatures and secure online storage
Access to support from a team of legal specialists
Free legal information in the form of guides written by lawyers
Brazilian businesses of all sizes will be able to access customizable legal documents, such as contracts for employment, business deals, confidentiality, and intellectual property. Individuals and families, on the other hand, will have access to documents for marriage and divorce, leases, and wills, among others. In addition, they will be able to search for lawyers, who can register a profile for free in the platform and to get professional explanations, when necessary.
Rocket Lawyer services in Brazil will be available by subscription in early 2022. For a limited time, the company is offering a selection of essential documents and the electronic signature service for free, so that everyone can try and experience the value of the online legal platform.
During times of uncertainty and in periods of recovery, the need for affordable and simple legal help is amplified. Since the start of the pandemic, small businesses, employers, landlords, tenants, and families have experienced unprecedented legal situations, relying on digital tools and demanding legal services more than ever before. In fact, a study from the Notarial College of Brazil showed 42% growth in the national demand for wills in the first half of 2021, compared to the year prior.
According to AB2L, the Brazilian Association for Law and Legal Tech, an organization that promotes technology companies focused on the legal market, technology improves the sector’s efficiency. This is a trend that is rapidly growing around the world as it allows legal professionals to avoid having to deal with unnecessary bureaucracy, and to focus instead on knowledge and advice. It also contributes to the inclusion of thousands of new lawyers—who are continuously graduating from more than 1,240 educational institutions in the country—to offer their services to the market.
“The 4th Industrial Revolution has definitely reached our legal system, and Rocket Lawyer has arrived just in time to be part of it,” said Gustavo Bandeira, current Notary Public of the 8th Notary Office of the city of Rio de Janeiro and professor at EMERJ—The School of Magistrates of Rio de Janeiro. “Technology is changing the way we interact, do business, and live—and there is no turning back,” he added. “Rocket Lawyer has arrived to democratize the legal system and open its doors to a new era, reaching out to notary services.”
Marcelo Lapolla, acknowledged as one of the leading technology M&A lawyers in the Brazilian market, and Vice President of OAB’s LGPD Commission, with international academic and professional backgrounds, said “Rocket Lawyer might fill a gap for fast-track legal information, and also for linking individuals and young lawyers. The legal documents, electronic signatures, and storage features could have a strong, positive impact for small businesses and startups—enabling simple but dynamic transactions.”
“Since the beginning, our mission has been the same: to make the law affordable and simple for everyone,” said Charley Moore, Founder of Rocket Lawyer. “We are so proud of the work of our Brazilian colleagues, who today deliver high-quality legal services to the small business owners and families of Brazil—and modern digital tools to lawyers who share our commitment to justice.”
The partners in the Brazilian operation are Rafael Steinhauser, acting as President, and Michel Cury, as CEO. Rafael is an experienced businessman and entrepreneur, well-known for his leadership of multinational technology companies, such as Qualcomm Latin America, and as a co-founder of companies, such as the SPAC, Alpha Capital Acquisition Company, and the EdTech platform, EBAC Online. Michel is a lawyer, with a master’s degree in law from the University of São Paulo and a long track record of working for tech and innovation companies.
According to Rafael, “In a region with a high degree of geographical, social, and economic inequality, any effort to democratize access to basic services and rights is welcomed.”
“Through inclusive, digital tools, Rocket Lawyer democratizes access to legal documents and services, making it easy and accessible. The platform also guarantees the opportunity for lawyers to present their services following all the OAB regulations and guidelines,” said Michel.
About Rocket Lawyer
At Rocket Lawyer, we believe everyone deserves affordable and simple legal services. Our laws should protect and empower—but for too many of us, the law is out of reach, because of high costs and complexity. So, we’re changing things. Since 2008, we’ve helped over 25 million people and organizations obtain the legal help they need, at a price they can afford. That’s legal made simple.® Visit www.rocketlawyer.com/br/pt to get started for free today.
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