How your iPhone will become your lawyer

“Lawyers are expensive. One way to make them cheaper is to replace them – and iPhones (and other devices) will inevitably help you do just that,” Jonny Evans writes for Apple Must:

Here are three reasons I believe your iPhone will become your lawyer:

• Replacing administrative tasks
• Automation for the rest of us
• Soft skills matter most

What I’m arguing may sound a little like pie in the sky, but with so much of the work of the legal profession reliant on tasks which could be automated, you’d expect to see signs the transition is already taking place.

So, are there such signs?

I think so…

MacDailyNews Take: But, an iPhone doesn’t have lips, so how will you know when it’s lying? 😉

Legal eagles, or those in need of representation, check out the full article for a bunch of interesting links!


  1. When I was a prosecutor, I frequently got complaints that the lawyers had fixed the system so that nobody could navigate it without an attorney. I pointed out that the doctors were much worse; they had fixed the system so that people who got brain cancer had to hire a physician or die.

    There are plenty of routine tasks in both law and medicine that can be handled via an AI, but when your life is at stake you still want a human being holding the scalpel or making your case.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. To continue the metaphor, since the iPhone is arguably helpful to the medical ‘professionals‘ in that it promotes, monitors and suggests healthy lifestyle choices that reduce the load on said professionals – held to be a good thing, could not the same thing be said for a legal system that is more informative and open to individual choices?

      1. I agree completely. As I said, there are many routine tasks in both law and medicine that can be handled by machines. The opportunities are particularly rich in the areas of preventative law and medicine, where the most benefits can be reached with the lowest cost. That said, advanced diagnosis and acute care (in either field) still requires the judgment of a human being with training and experience.

        However, putting ‘professionals’ in quotes is unjustified. Like another string of postings yesterday suggesting that professional economists were less qualified than the general public to discuss economic issues, it suggests the American tendency already apparent in the 19th century to regard expertise as a form of elitism. Sorry, but there is a reason that law school takes three years and medical training for a specialty much longer than that. Not ever task requires a person with professional training, but some do.

  2. You assume America is the world, but it is not. If not in the US in some other country and all the free legal personell will domething more useful and that country wil be the wealthiest while the US will become a banana republic

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