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Access to Affordable Legal Advice in Romania through the EEA and Norway Grants

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In a world where navigating the complexities of legal matters can be daunting, Quick Legal emerged as a beacon of hope for individuals and businesses alike. The project, spearheaded by visionary leaders and supported by the EEA and Norway Grants, is committed to tackling the challenge of clients struggling to find legal advice at reasonable fees. Through innovation, dedication, and a touch of artificial intelligence, Quick Legal is reshaping the Romanian legal landscape. Innovation Norway has interviewed the masterminds behind Quick Legal to uncover the true impact of the EEA and Norway Grants on the legal profession in Romania.

Connecting Clients and Lawyers Instantly

Innovation Norway: The project aims to address the challenge of clients struggling to find relevant legal advice at a reasonable fee. How do you see Quick Legal making a tangible difference in this regard?

Luminita Busuricu (Quick Legal): Quick Legal's journey began with a vision to revolutionise the legal industry and provide affordable legal advice to those who need it most. Thanks to the instrumental support of the EEA and Norway Grants, this vision became a reality. Our platform instantly connects clients with a diverse pool of over 120 lawyers. Clients can now compare fee proposals, have a 15-minute free chat with their chosen lawyer, and conduct their legal affairs entirely online in a virtual office.

Reducing Costs with Automation and AI

Innovation Norway: - The introduction of a robo-lawyer using artificial intelligence is a significant advancement. Could you elaborate on how this feature works and how users will interact with it to obtain legal information and advice?

Luminita Busuricu (Quick Legal): Quick Legal's vision extended far beyond connecting clients with lawyers. We aspired to reduce the costs of legal services through automation of repetitive tasks and the development of an AI-powered "robo-lawyer." This ambitious step became attainable and the robo-lawyer, currently in development, promises to be a game-changer by providing cost-effective solutions without compromising quality or expertise. This initiative, made possible by the EEA and Norway Grants, will democratise access to legal knowledge, particularly benefiting individuals with limited resources who might otherwise struggle to engage traditional legal services.

Empowering Women in Law and Technology

Quick Legal is not only innovative but also proudly women-led, a testament to the unique perspectives and contributions of female leaders in the legal and technology fields. The EEA and Norway Grants played a crucial role in nurturing and empowering these leaders.

Innovation Norway: Women-led initiatives often bring unique perspectives to their fields. How do you believe the leadership of women in Quick Legal has influenced the platform's development and the services it offers?

Luminita Busuricu (Quick Legal): As a women-led startup, we embrace diverse perspectives, fostering collaboration and innovation. With a joint experience of 25 years in the legal field, as female founders, we hope to have become visible role models for Romanian women and girls pursuing careers in law, entrepreneurship, and technology. The Grants helped Quick Legal launch initiatives like the Select USA Global Women in Tech and Prospera Women in Romania.

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Pictured: Quick Legal Pitching at Select USA

Global Recognition and Learning

Representing Quick Legal abroad, in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, has been an eye-opening experience for the founders, made possible by the support of the EEA and Norway Grants. They not only shared their insights but also learned valuable lessons from the more advanced legal tech market in the United States.

Luminita Busuricu (Quick Legal): Through the EEA and Norway Grants, we had the chance to participate at StartUpGrind Global Conference Sillicon Valley, where we were selected among the top 10% startups from around the world! The participation was very beneficial, as we succeeded to showcase the product functionalities, connect with five venture capital firms that have previously invested in tech solutions that changed the world we live in and find three strategic partners that will enable our expansion to Western Europe and US".

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Pictured: Quick Legal Exhibiting booth: StartUpGrind Global Conference Silicon Valley

User-Friendly Access to Legal Advice

To illustrate how Quick Legal works in practice, consider two scenarios:

Scenario 1: Tenant's Rights

Imagine a tenant who wants to know if they can terminate a lease agreement without penalty. The process is simple:

  • Ask the legal question on the platform.
  • Select one of the three fee proposals received from lawyers.
  • Have a free chat with the selected lawyer and conclude the contract.

Scenario 2: Debt Recovery for a Company

A company wants to recover outstanding debt. The user follows these steps:

  • Insert details about the debt, including the amount, due date, and contract information.
  • The automated process generates a customized claim to be submitted in court for debt recovery.

The feedback from clients speaks volumes

Alexandru A., GlobalWorker SRL: I recommend Quick Legal to any business owner in search of specialized top legal advice, but at prices decreased by 2 times compared to traditional law firms. I have found lawyers specialized in Corporate law, Real Estate, or Employment, everything online.

Cristian T., Bullet ID: The accessible fees, combined with the expertise of the lawyers that helped me recover unpaid receivables, online in a virtual office, made everything much easier for me. Many thanks!

Thanks to the support of the EEA and Norway Grants, Quick Legal is not only bridging the gap between legal services and clients but is also pioneering a new era of accessible, affordable, and efficient legal advice. Their commitment to innovation and empowerment, fueled by the Grants, is transforming lives and empowering individuals and businesses to navigate the legal terrain with confidence. This partnership is a testament to the impact that collaboration between visionaries and forward-thinking financial support can achieve.

Watch a video presentation of Quick Legal.

This project was financed as part of the Small Grant Scheme with Support for Start-ups call where the focus of the projects has been on one of the three main areas of the Programme: Green Industry Innovation, Blue Growth and ICT. The available funding in this call was EUR 5,014,157 and the number of projects financed was 33.

About the SMEs Growth Programme

SMEs Growth Romania is a business development programme aiming to increase value creation and sustainable growth in the Romanian business sector. The Programme is part of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. The EEA and Norway Grants aim at contributing to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to the strengthening of bilateral relations between the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and the Beneficiary States.

About Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Innovation Norway supports companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.

In Romania, Innovation Norway is managing two programmes: the Energy Programme and the SMEs Growth Programme.

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