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SWEARING OF AFFIDAVITS WITNESSED BY VIDEO (March 2023)
Affidavits must be sworn and witnessed before a solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths. This was difficult during the pandemic, especially where deponents were vulnerable, elderly or unable to travel. New High Court rules now allow affidavits to be executed "remotely", over video conference platforms. These rules will help when the deponent is overseas or otherwise unable to attend before a solicitor. All of LawOnline's affidavit drafting processes provide this option and, where used, include the appropriate wording in the affidavit. For example see Affidavit of means.
RIGHT TO 'STATUTORY SICK PAY' (February 2023)
Under new legislation, employers are obliged to provide a minimum number of paid sick days annually begining in 2023. Previously, an employee whose employer did not provide paid sick leave could apply for State Illness Benefit. All of LawOnline's employment contracts allow the option of providing employees with an 'enhanced' sick leave scheme over and above any State benefits. In each case, however, the contracts stipulate that any incapacity-related State benefits the employee qualifies for are deductible from such enhanced payments. See, for example, our Fixed-term employment contract.
IMPORTANCE OF 'CHARGING CLAUSE' IN A WILL (February 2023)
The Law Society has highlighted the importance of including a charging clause in wills where a solicitor is acting as executor: 'A testator/testatrix may provide by will that an executor/executrix can be paid professional fees. The necessity for a charging clause arises from the general rule in trust law that a trustee cannot profit from their office and, therefore, is not entitled to profit costs unless the will creates an entitlement. If the will does not contain a charging clause, a solicitor/executor who instructs their own firm is not entitled to charge a professional fee.' (Law Society).
All of LawOnline's wills provide the option of appointing a solicitor's firm as executor and, in these circumstances, include such a clause. See, for example, our Comprehensive will for an unmarried person.
ASSISTED DECISION-MAKING (CAPACITY) ACT 2015 - NEW DOCUMENTS (January 2023)
It is expected that this Act (Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015) will be enacted imminently. LawOnline already includes a drafting prrocess for Advance Healthcare Directives and will be updating all of its EPA-related documents once the revised formats are to-hand.
LAWONLINE AGAIN NOMINATED AS A FINALIST IN 2022 IRISH LAW AWARDS (October 2022)
LAWONLINE has been nominated yet again as a finalist in this year's Irish law awards - this time in the category: 'Law firm Innovation Award'.
LAWONLINE ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY (September 2022)
We are delighted to announce yet another collaboration with a major Irish charity now enabling the Irish Cancer Society to offer a free wills writing service to its potential donors. Under this arrangement access to our 'Digital-only' service is free for the society's donors and there is a 40% discount on the optional 'With solicitor review' service. See: Irish Cancer Society legacy page
LAWONLINE IS LISTED IN THE 'Top 75 legal companies in Ireland' BY FINANCE PILL (July 2022)
'We’ve ranked the top 75 Legal companies in Ireland. The companies, startups and institutions listed in this article are all exceptional companies, well worth a follow....' See: https://lnkd.in/ePrAtUpV
LANDLORD AND TENANT CONTENT UPDATED TO REFLECT TENANCIES OF UNLIMITED DURATION (July 2022)
On 11 June 2022, Tenancies of Unlimited Duration were introduced into law providing more security of tenure for tenants. It means that, after six months living in a tenancy, the tenant has the right to remain in the property for an unlimited duration. This is subject to the tenant upholding their rental obligations and the landlord’s right to end the tenancy in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (RTA). See 'Termination of a residential tenancy (LP006)'.
LAWONLINE ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH HIBERNIAN FUNERALS (16th June, 2022)
LawOnline is delighted to announce its collaboration with Hibernian Funerals, a new and innovative service dealing with all issues relating to death. We are enabling qualifying users of the service to draft Wills, EPAs and Advance Healthcare Directives.
LAWONLINE INTRODUCES NEW SERVICE LEVEL - 'WITH SOLICITOR ASSISTANCE' (June 2022)
This service is offered for many but not all of our documents. The purpose of this service is to enable you to consult our solicitors (McGroddy Brennan Solicitors) in drafting your legal document on LawOnline.
IPAV AND LAWONLINE RENEW COLLABORATION ON MEMBER SERVICES (8th May, 2022)
LawOnline has renewed its relationship with The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) under which it provides property-related legal document drafting services to IPAV members (https://www.ipav.ie/).
UNICEF ANNOUNCES FREE WILL-WRTING SERVICE 'POWERED' BY LAWONLINE (1st March, 2022)
UNICEF says '.......For those who prefer the convenience of making an online Will, LawOnline offers users a free, easy-to-use will-making service. The web-based service enables users to draft their own personal legal documents including a comprehensive range of Wills in the comfort of their own home....' See: https://www.unicef.ie/support-us/leave-gift-in-will/free-will-making/
THE IRISH RED CROSS IS THE LATEST CHARITY TO OFFER A FREE WILLS SERVICE VIA LAWONLINE (February, 2022)
'The Irish Red Cross has partnered with www.lawonline.ie to offer you a service where you are able to draft a wide range of legal documents, including making or amending your Will. As an Irish Red Cross supporter, we want to offer you the opportunity to write or amend your Will free of charge using LawOnline's Will and codicil online drafting service.' See: https://www.redcross.ie/leave-a-gift-in-your-will/
LAWONLINE NAMED IN TOP 20 IN IRELAND (19th October, 2021)
LawOnline thanks BestStartUp.eu for including us amongst the TOP 20 document management companies in Ireland. Though strictly speaking we are a 'smart document assembly' provider we are nonetheless delighted to be named here!
IRISH LAW AWARDS - LAWONLINE HAS AGAIN BEEN NOMINATED AS A 'FINALIST' (11th October, 2021)
For the 4th consecutive year LawOnline has again been nonimated as a finalist in 2021 Irish Law Awards in the category 'Service provider to the legal profession. Our services for solicitors can be found at: https://www.lawonline.ie/solicitors. See: https://irishlawawards.ie/2021-winners/
LAWONLINE ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH CONCERN WORLDWIDE (FEBRUARY 2021)
Concern Worldwide is the latest Irish charity to offer LawOnline wills drafting services to its potential donors. Under this arrangement such donors can draft their wills at no cost, or at a 40% discount to LawOnline's normal fee if they also wish to have their drafted will reviewed by our solicitors. See: https://www.concern.net/other-ways-to-give/free-online-will-writing-service
LEGAL SERVICE REGULATION ACT 2015 DOCUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ON LAWONLINE (29th December 2020)
We have now added the 'Notice of costs' and 'Bill of costs' documents, compliant with the Legal Service Regulation Act 2015 (enacted on 16th December, 2020), to our services for solicitors enabling drafting of unlimited bespoke versions of each.
STRATEGIC COLLABORATION WITH PROPERTYLOCATOR.IE (22nd September, 2020)
Commercial property website PropertyLocator.ie has teamed up with legal startup LawOnline to allow users draft their own legal documentation in the one place and at a cheaper rate.
SFA 'BETTER BUSINESS' MAGAZINE (Quarter 3, 2018)
LawOnline is delighted to annkunce that it is one of 10 'Affinity Partners' of the SFA. Under this arrangement SFA members get access to LawOnline's extensive document drafting services at a significant discount - see link below for details:
LAWONLINE COLLABORATION WITH CORNMARKET FINANCIAL SERVICES (July, 2018)
Cornmarket Financial Services, part of the Irish Life Group and Great West LifeCo, is now collaborating with LawOnline to offer our wills and EPA drafting services to its public sector client base as part of its Tax Return Service and in conjunction with other products.
IPAV NEWSLETTER (2nd February, 2018)
LawOnline and IPAV (Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers) have agreed a collaboration to give IPAV members free access to all of our 'digital-only' services and with a 40% discount to the 'with solicitor review' service.
THE PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL (30th January, 2018)
Article in the quarterly magazine of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (see page 6).
IRISH INDEPENDENT (13th February, 2017)
Article on LawOnline in Business section.
IRISH INDEPENDENT (22nd November, 2016)
LawOnline article on Ireland's cohabitation laws.
LAWONLINE ANNOUNCES COLLARORATION WITH LAYA HEALTHCATE (April 20216)
We are delighted to announce that Laya Healhcare will be offering our wills drafting services in conjunction with its term assurance life products. Our service will be offer free to Laya customers of this product or at a €50 charge if they also wish their drafted will to be reviewed by our solicitors.
FUNDRAISING IRELAND SUMMER NEWSLETTER (6th May, 2016)
See details of LawOnline's new free Wills service for Irish charities in this newsletter. 'Oxfam Ireland is the first charity partner of www.lawonline.ie which was set up to enable people to draft their own legal documents online. By using this website you can draft a wide range of legal documents, including making or amending your Will.....'
2016 AIB PRIVATE BANKING IRISH LAW AWARDS (24th March, 2016)
LawOnline has been nominated as a finalist in three categories of the 2016 AIB Private Banking Irish Law Awards: 'Legal Website of the Year', 'Law Firm Innovation' and 'Service Provider to the Legal Profession'. See: http://irishlawawards.ie/finalists-2016/
THE MARKET (Enterprise Ireland) (Spring 2016)
CLARE (FM) and TIPP FM (18th February, 2016)
TODAY FM (24th January, 2016)
BANK OF IRELAND (ThinkBusiness.ie) (9th December, 2015)
CONNACHT TRIBUNE (6th November, 2015)
SUNDAY BUSINESS POST (11th October, 2015) (link no longer available)
IRISH TECH NEWS (2nd October, 2015)
LawOnline (www.lawonline.ie) is a new and innovative legal services provider which enables individuals and businesses to draft legal documents online at a fixed and low cost.
Using powerful expert document assembly software and the legal knowledge of its solicitors, LawOnline enables its users to draft legal documents which are highly customised to their specific needs - but cuts the cost of traditional legal fees.
Areas of law covered include employment, debt recovery, family law, landlord and tenant, wills, powers of attorney and many other categories. The service currently has over 150 document processes in total.
The LawOnline platform ‘assembles’ a legal document using a number of sources - the information provided by the client, the legal rules and knowledge embedded in its software and the legal clauses and language in its database. All the legal content has been compiled and drafted by solicitors holding practising certificates from the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland.
Also aimed at the legal sector, LawOnline allows solicitors, particularly in smaller practices, to access a comprehensive bank of precedent document processes. This adds to their legal knowledge base and expertise while also increasing productivity – the system enables less experienced legal staff to draft documents which would normally require supervision.
For users who wish to get further legal advice or assistance with their drafted documents, LawOnline has partnered with William J. Brennan & Co Solicitors based in central Dublin and Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
LawOnline received support from the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board and Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) programme.
TIPP TATLER (15th September, 2015)
NENAGH GUARDIAN (5th September, 2015)