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Website linking lawyers and clients looking for ’Peg members

An online website that helps connect lawyers with clients in a confidential, timely manner is expanding west.

Legal Linkup, which officially launched this past January, has been a hit among lawyers in Ontario.

The website allows clients to confidentially post a request for proposals based on their legal needs for free.

Lawyers registered as members with Legal Linkup then review the proposals and respond, allowing clients to look at the responses and pick the lawyer that best suits their needs.

“The lawyer-client networking process is no exception to the trend of going online,” said Joshua Slayen, vice-president of business development for Legal Linkup. “There’s been a lot of interest … We are certainly accepting memberships in Winnipeg.”

Slayen, a Winnipegger who worked for Legal Linkup in Toronto before moving back to the Manitoba capital to take on the expansion west, graduated from the University of North Dakota’s School of Law in 2009 and articled at Taylor McCaffrey LLP.

He believes lawyers are becoming more and more tech savvy, using many social networking sites to further their careers.

“When you look at the rise of lawyers using LinkedIn or Twitter, what we saw were lawyers becoming more comfortable using online resources,” said Slayen. “What was lacking was the ability for a client to put in an issue and get feedback from a lawyer.”

Legal Linkup, founded by Vancouver lawyer Shane Coblin and Toronto businessman Lawrence Tepperman, employs technical features similar to those that can be found on websites such as e-Harmony, Match.com, and Priceline, making it easy to navigate.

The areas of law most popular on Legal Linkup are real estate, family, civil litigation, and criminal law. Great strides are also being made in corporate law, added Slayen.

Visit legallinkup.com for more information.

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