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Building a legal app: What problem do you want to solve?

By Sam Sasso January 13, 2017 13 January 2017


In my last post on building a legal app, I talked about how the first question you should answer is deciding on what principle it is that you want to teach. Let’s move on now to the matter of what problem it is that you want to solve.

Indeed, good apps are tailored to a particular purpose; they are tools built exclusively for specific uses; and they can help resolve some common problems. One of the ways that an app can be effective is to create an efficiency, usually done by eliminating an inefficiency.  Another is to create a convenience.  

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Building a legal app: What principle do you want to teach?

By Sam Sasso December 12, 2016 12 December 2016


When coming up with an idea for building a legal app, the first question you should answer is what principle it is that you want to teach.

Start with the area of law you enjoy most.  Be honest.  It's okay to enjoy tax law above all others.  Personally, insurance is my favourite.

Make the principle you want to teach as personal as possible, that is make sure it's something you are going to work on for hours on end, or present to your clients or other lawyers as part of a seminar.  With any luck, you could become a go to person with respect to that principle, so make it one that you would like to be attached to for a while.

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Answer these three questions before building a legal app

By Sam Sasso November 24, 2016 24 November 2016


The reason why there are relatively few law-focused apps is not because of technical hurdles, or cost, or expertise: it is simply because few lawyers have turned their minds to ideas for apps. 

And yet, none of this is as complicated as it sounds.  It all starts with an idea, and lawyers come up with ideas all the time.

Once an idea is generated, you can build your app on your own, or use professional developers.  Trust me, it takes relatively little time and expense.  Neither should be a barrier in having an app produced.

Also, apps can range from doing one thing to being extremely complicated.  There is no need for an app to do more than one thing if that’s all that’s needed to address a concept.  So don’t feel that an app has to be elaborate.  Simple apps can work very well.

All that has to be done is for lawyers to use the same analytical process they use every day to answer any one of the following three questions.

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Sam R. Sasso is an associate with Ricketts Harris LLP in Toronto. Sam’s practice focuses mainly on commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters. He also writes on a wide range of legal topics and frequently speaks before colleagues and students on topics such as evidence, technology and mediation strategies.

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