An international group of law firms and legal technology companies are joining forces as the first cohort to help launch a public, permissioned, blockchain-based, smart-contract management system, the Agreements Network.

The network is intended to serve as a decentralized platform for law firms to productize contracts as scalable “active” (or smart) agreements and for

Two blockchain applications being unveiled tomorrow could be the first blockchain applications to gain widespread use in the legal industry, their developer says.

One enables automatic, blockchain-based PGP email encryption using a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. The other is blockchain-based global version control for Microsoft Word documents, also provided via a plugin.

Both applications were

In 2008, a scandal rocked New York’s process-serving industry. An investigation by New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs of the high default rate in consumer credit cases found that disreputable process-serving companies were never actually serving process, but instead effectively tossing the papers in the sewer and filing false affidavits of service. The “sewer