SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- UpCounsel, an on-demand legal marketplace that makes it easier and significantly more cost-effective for businesses to get high quality legal help, today announced it will be officially expanding its legal service offerings to businesses in Texas. UpCounsel will initially focus on Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, where the company has been running its closed beta for several months.
UpCounsel, which already works with thousands of businesses throughout New York and California, will now be able to meet the legal needs of small to mid-size businesses and entrepreneurs in the above markets in Texas. While offering a much more cost-effective alternative to expensive law firms, UpCounsel provided businesses with easy access to a virtual community of experienced, specialized lawyers who are available to help on-demand for a wide range of legal needs. UpCounsel is free to use and matches the specific legal needs of the client with several attorneys who best match their needs and budget, while providing each party a virtual workspace for private communications, documents, and digital signatures.
"We knew the next step for UpCounsel was to launch in Texas," said Matthew Faustman, CEO of UpCounsel. "We pick states and cities with a booming tech and business community and Texas is the perfect example of that."
For the last three months, UpCounsel has offered a beta version of its legal services for businesses. There are currently 30 lawyers in Texas actively participating in the beta program, and an additional 100 lawyers (and growing) who have recently joined UpCounsel. Just by signing up, UpCounsel offers these lawyers free tools to efficiently manage and grow their practice, get paid faster and eliminate administration headaches.
"UpCounsel was able to give me a sense of relief by handling all of the administration side of the engagement so I could focus on my practice and my clients," said Brian Mikulencak, an Austin based attorney who utilizes UpCounsel. "We've seen tremendous growth and client retention since we've used UpCounsel the past few months."
During its beta period, the company also worked with several dozen small to mid-size businesses in Texas in numerous industries such as biotech, financial services, tourism, and technology. UpCounsel works with both small and large companies, including alongside General Counsels of long standing companies.
Molecule Software, a Houston-based startup, engaged with UpCounsel because the company needed legal counsel for their H-1B Visa Transfers. Other local law firms were too expensive and inefficient. When Molecule Software went to UpCounsel, within 24 hours they had received several proposals to compare from different Houston attorneys ready to help them immediately.
"UpCounsel made it possible to give us the legal counsel that we needed," said Sameer Soleja, CEO of Molecule Software. "Not only did UpCounsel find us attorneys that matched our budget, but they made the process transparent and effortless."
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UpCounsel is on a mission to make the legal experience remarkable for businesses. We provide small and medium businesses with an alternative to expensive and slow legal services through an online platform and an all-star virtual lawyer community. UpCounsel is working with thousands of entrepreneurs and companies to increase the quality and speed of legal services while dramatically reducing costs. When businesses have easy access to great legal services, they make better decisions and can grow their business with confidence. The company is currently based in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit: www.upcounsel.com
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