Can attorneys use Brief? Absolutely… just imagine a world where you, an attorney, do not have to go through the messy civil law court system to file a debt claim on behalf of your clients.
In COVID times, the law courts are at a complete standstill, and the backlog of cases is getting bigger.
Budget cuts, mounting caseloads for judges, and the fear of exposing oneself to the COVID virus in an enclosed space are just some of the reasons why the system is at a complete logjam.
So what does an attorney do when a client approaches them to file a debt claim against someone who owes them money?
Brief – the one-stop-shop for attorneys wanting to get ahead of the curve
If you want an online solution where you can file your client’s debt claim with minimum fuss, Brief is the place to go.
Welcome to the future of dispute resolution! No more waiting for judges and parties in stuffy courtrooms, dealing with delaying tactics, having to justify your fees to your clients, and the general stress levels of being an attorney in a traditional lawsuit.
What makes us different is that we allow plaintiffs to submit their claim online and once we review the outline of the case, we charge a flat fee with no hidden costs.
The more straightforward the case, the lower the fee. Brief typically resolves claims 80 percent faster than the law courts and 70 percent cheaper.
But what about submitting evidence and litigating?
Our system is super simple. We simply require the plaintiff to upload all their document-based evidence to support their claim.
As an attorney, you can dispense with all the frivolous stages of a case that come with filing a lawsuit in a traditional courthouse.
As soon as the plaintiff accepts the flat fee, we proceed to notify the defendant by email and registered snail mail.
The defendant is notified of the claim against them and is informed that it is a legally binding procedure.
If the defendant does not respond, the E-Judge presiding over the process will issue a default against them, and once proved-up, an award can be recorded as a judgment against them.
How does the defendant respond to the claim?
When Brief notifies the defendant of the claim made against them, they are invited to submit their defense.
Once that happens, you as an attorney are invited to counter the defendant’s claim in writing through the online portal.
Just like a traditional courtroom, this is the litigation stage.
How are judges appointed to preside over the process?
Brief assigns an E-judge (arbitrator) based on the jurisdiction of the claim, skills, and expertise in the subject matter at hand.
We also make sure that the E-judge has no conflict of interest in the case. The E-judge will gather all preliminary submissions, counter-arguments, and notes on the claim before moving to the evaluation stage.
Can my client attempt to settle the claim?
Of course they can. At the beginning of the process, we invite the plaintiff to submit a price range at which they would be comfortable to settle at.
Brief will also ask the defendant whether they would like to settle the claim and end the process there and then.
If the defendant makes a counteroffer that does not fall within the plaintiff’s stipulated settlement range, we will invite them to make an offer which will then be presented to your client.
So how does Brief save so much time?
There are a number of factors at play here, most notably that we do not need attorneys, plaintiffs, and defendants to be in the same room at the same time.
All we need is for all parties to submit their evidence and we are ready to go.
Another huge time-saving measure is that the Discovery phase of the claim is left to the Ejudge.
Rather than the parties going on a fishing expedition, the Ejudge can precisely seek what he or she needs and requires to make a fair and impartial decision.
This saves time and money and eliminates the abusive discovery motion practice that some lawyers embark on.
The E-judge will question the litigants through the platform and target their inquiry to pertinent facts and issues. Put simply, we cut to the chase and eliminate any time-wasting strategies.
Unless the Ejudge feels it is absolutely necessary, all this is done through the portal in writing.
How is the award issued?
Once the E-judge is done with evaluating all the evidence relevant to the claim, the parties to the case are sent notification of Award (if any).
This can then be filed with the local court to be reduced to an enforceable judgment.
Is my client a good fit for Brief?
Brief has helped businesses across the United States recover debts that were simply not worth the cost of traditional litigation or arbitration if not for online dispute resolution.
Satisfied participants include electronic commerce sites, factors, banks, MCA, and other lenders.
Brief also handles quiet title, warranty claims, and other declaratory relief actions as well as other types of monetary disputes.
Our screened network of Ejudges spreads across all 50 states and each case is matched to jurisdiction and subject matter expertise of the Ejudge.
Brief is a market-leading online arbitration platform in the United States. Our 100 percent online alternative dispute resolution platform helps businesses protect their contracts and agreements through online arbitration. Follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook for updates and news about online arbitration and more.
*Brief cannot and will not give legal advice on any matters, financial or not.