New Service Offers Legal Answers via Email for As Low As $20

A new service launching today allows individuals and businesses to get answers to legal questions via email within 24 hours for a flat fee as low as $20.

Called Micro, the service is being introduced by the company LawTrades, which already has a platform that connects businesses and startups with lawyers to handle their projects on a fixed-fee basis.

This new service differs from LawTrades standard service in that it is intended for people seeking a quick answer to a specific legal question.  It can be used to ask questions about immigration, business formation, contracts, patents, trademarks, fundraising, employment law and other issues, the company says.

Users can browse for attorneys by areas of law. Once they select an attorney, they ask the question, pay the fee, and get the reply within 24 hours. It costs $25 to submit a question. However, users seeking multiple perspectives can opt to submit the same question to three different attorneys at a reduced cost of $20 per attorney.

The company says that answers are guaranteed to be thorough and personalized, and it offers a money-back guarantee. The guarantee is that if the attorney is not able to answer the question, Micro will find an attorney with comparable expertise. If it is unable to find an answer for the customer, the customer will be issued a refund.

For attorneys, the service offers an easy way to make money on the side, the company says. “All they have to do is type out an answer that they’re an expert on, and they immediately make $20,” says a statement from the company. “You can think of Micro as the 21.co or Clarity.fm of lawyers.”

Attorneys pay LawTrades a transaction fee for each project completed.

The service sounds to be similar to Avvo Advisor, the service from Avvo that provides 15 minutes of on-demand legal advice by phone for a fixed fee of $39.

You can read the full announcement here.