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Legal Design and Visual Law: New ways to think about law

November / 2019

The world is in constant evolution. New technologies, ways of thinking, consuming and paradigm shifts are frequent in all areas of knowledge and in our daily lives. Law is not immune to this situation. Attorneys are no longer what they used to be; the judiciary is no longer what it used to be; and, obviously, clients are no longer what they used to be - their intentions and goals when hiring legal services have also changed.

In addition to a technically correct analysis, there is a growing need to offer to clients a practical, functional, efficient, attractive and as simple as possible solution to legal issues.

Legal Design, and one of its aspects, Visual Law, arise in this context, basically seeking to unite law, technology and design in an attempt to make legal practice more modern, visual and focused in the client experience.

The intention is not to eliminate the formalities and technical rigor inherent to the legal routine. These remain extremely important. The goal is, without harming technical quality, to make people's lives easier by delivering personalized results that consider who the client is, the level of legal knowledge he has and how the attorney figure can make his life and/or his business more efficient.

Contract law is one of the areas of law that most feels the impact of the application of concepts of Legal Design and Visual Law. The traditional idea that a good contract should be lengthy, with far-fetched language and virtually incomprehensible clauses for people without legal knowledge cannot stand in a society that increasingly seeks simplicity, speed, and efficiency.

It is not uncommon to find situations of breach of various contracts caused by the lack of clarity regarding the obligations and rights of each of the parties involved. This is precisely one of the main problems that Legal Design and Visual Law are trying to solve. The application of these new ways of thinking about the law, therefore, has as its primary objective to make Law more accessible, so that its operators, people who use it and society itself may have access to a more human and functional legal system.

vlm|a remains at disposal of our clients for further information on the subject, as well as to help to adapt your business to this new reality.