VakilSearch is a Chennai based startup looking to make legal works simple. The startup works on a pay per assignment model for legal services. The team is currently addressing basic stuff like writing Will, Rental Agreement, filing consumer complaints and legal guidance on specific matters. Each assignment is priced starting at Rs.300. All you need to do is fill up the required details and pay online (or Cash on Delivery). No hassles of going out looking for lawyers and then realising that they are not affordable. The team has worked on customizing the forms for each assignment type and the right questions, that makes it a lot more easier for the users.
Apart from the general agreements and Will preparation stuff whats most interesting is the legal consultancy where you could ask a specific question for as low as Rs.400. Normally hiring a lawyer on retainer model is not feasible for most businesses and even otherwise they would charge you very high fee on hourly basis. This is certainly an attractive model.
VakilSearch maintains an affiliate network of lawyers which currently has 100 members. They are creating panels of lawyers for each subject based on members’ expertise.
On target audience for the service:
This far, most of our clients have been businesses: start-ups, micro, small and medium enterprises looking for legal assistance on different issues. This was predominantly legal guidance from experts but also included preparing documents, terms of service and privacy policies. But we have a rich portfolio of services for individuals as well.
From what I see, this definitely has potential, specially for the urban crowd who do not have enough references for such services. Also, there seems to be a strong content play here. The startup should look to run QnA forums to attract the “free” audience.
What’s your take on VakilSearch. Do give it a spin and let us know what you think.
[Naman is a startup enthusiast and has worked with couple of Indian startups as Product Manager. He is the founder of FindYogi]