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The Perils of MS Word

Our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Justin Lipton has begun blogging over at CIO.com. From time to time we’ll share Justin’s posts in this blog as well. Here’s his most recent:

A mistake in a Word document has caused considerable damage and embarrassment to a publicly listed company in New Zealand. I recently read this post about an unfortunate comment that was left in a company’s annual financial statement. It reminded me how careful we need to be when using generic tools such as Word to produce documents.

Document Assembly for Insurance Policy Generation

Although document assembly has its origins in the world of law firms and legal contracts, it has more recently been pressed into service as a document automation platform in the document-intensive insurance world. After all, an insurance or reinsurance policy is indeed a contract.

The Assault on the Billable Hour Back in the News

The Billable Hour is still under attack in the nation’s press and real change seems to be taking hold. According to several recent blog posts and the Wall Street Journal, corporations are using the recession to structurally change the way they acquire legal services.

What’s your greatest weakness in contract drafting?

Sinning, we know, is human. And we all know what Capital Vices are. But no one before has applied the 7 Deadly Sins to contract drafting, and explained how common errors in writing legal agreements can lead to “eternal contractual damnation”.

3 signs you should automate your contracts

If you manage a corporate legal department, there are three telltale signs that you might get significant value from automating the creation of your day-to-day business contracts.