Computers and applications are replacing the mahogany desks of law firms, according to Shan Li in the Los Angeles Times who reports that technology is “creeping ever faster into the $200-billion U.S. legal field.”

Applications, such as Shake, an app that offers its customers six different kinds of contracts they can customize and use with customers, renters, and friends as well as Rocket Lawyer Inc. which provides advice through on-call attorneys, are starting to compete in the legal services industry, says Li. “As software becomes more intelligent, we will have digital apps that can either substitute for the labor of lawyers or will assist a lawyer in being more productive, Richard Granat, the co-director of the Center for Law Practice Technology at Florida Coastal School of Law told Li.

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