The automation’s the thing

Without true automation, guided interviews that produce legal forms are too difficult to justify the learning curve. As I have stated on this blog before, I am working on updating the Greater Boston Legal Services Eviction Defense System, a tool that helps lawyers and nonlawyer advocates complete legal forms for an eviction. The original system […]

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Google Forms Workflow to Replace Hotdocs Overlay Answer files
Screenshot of Google Form to add a Court to GBLS Eviction Defense System.

Do you maintain Hotdocs guided interviews on LHI? Here’s one way to keep a Hotdocs guided interview up to date: use a Google Form to let users across the jurisdiction submit updates to a spreadsheet, and then use Google Apps Script to generate a Hotdocs computation from the user submissions. The computation can be used as a […]

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The WriteClearly Google Docs add-on is now available to the public

The WriteClearly team at Urban Insight has finished work on the public version of the Google Docs add-on. WriteClearly is a plain language tool. It helps lawyers write documents that most people can understand. I worked on a draft version of this at the TIG Hackathon this past January. Check it out and start using […]

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WriteClearly: Developing a Google Apps Add-on to Promote Plain Language in the Legal Community

I recently was sent by my employer, Greater Boston Legal Services, to a legal technology hackathon at the TIG 2017 conference in San Antonio, Texas. Our team created a tool that helps legal aid lawyers do a better job of writing for the general public. Statistics show that the average reading level in the United States is […]

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Randomized Meal Planner

A few years ago I was home with my son several days a week, and I was in charge of most of our family’s meals. I had developed a library of recipes that I turned to again and again–nothing fancy, but meals that I could make and our family enjoyed. The only tedious part for […]

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