Auckland online document maker Owlcentral has entered into an alliance with LexisNexis, the online arm of US publisher Reid Elsevier, better known for its legal publishing arm Butterworths.
Under the deal, LexisNexis will enable visitors to the New Zealand version of its website, to use Owlcentral’s online legal document creation software, saving visits to a lawyer’s office.
Visitors call up the service they seek, fill in a form online and the document is created in PDF format, which retains the original's format.
“We’re aiming at the lower, commodity end of the legal services market,” Owlcentral chief executive David Cam says. “We replicate the client interview process electronically for documents relating to property, trusts, wills and powers of attorney etc.”
Payment is by credit card, with the revenue collected by Owlcentral and then shared with LexisNexis. “In the future, regular users such as businesses will be able to pay by direct debit,” Cam says.
LexisNexis alliance manager Sean Hocking says Owlcentral has brought technology to the site “that we didn’t have in this region”.
Work is being done on extending the service to Australia and that should happen in four to six weeks, Hocking says.
Other legal projects Owlcentral is working on include website development for law firms in New Zealand and Australia. They will be of a similar nature to a completed site for UK law firm lawgym, which provides secure online interaction between lawyers and clients and allows clients to pre-purchase time with a lawyer online.
Clients using LexisNexis, lawgym and the New Zealand and Australian sites under development will have their privacy protected by 128-bit encryption and Verisign authentication.
Owlcentral has developed in-house document creation services for insurance company Sovereign and for players in the fast food and shipping industries in Australia, the US and the UK.