Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web (not the internet) – March 12, 1989.

As I consider the purpose of EstateplanningUS – leverage technology to make estate planning accessible and affordable for parents of young children without sacrificing the help of an attorney – it’s fitting that my earliest memory of going online was in my first year of law school – 1994.

I remember being on a school computer and being given a login to be able to get on this thing called the “internet”. I remember being confused as to what that was and my brain trying to comprehend the idea of being able to access information that was not on my computer’s hard drive.

Where I first remember going "online"

Where I first remember going “online”

I also remember someone in the computer lab explaining how I could now communicate with my professors via “email” and my brain again trying to comprehend such a concept.

I honestly have no earlier memory of going online.

Everything I remember doing on a computer before 1994 was on a local hard drive or server. Twenty-five years later, I have to really think to remember what it was like to get information without going online.

My oldest is almost 28 so neither he nor any of my other children will ever remember what it was like to thumb through index cards – the “card catalog” – at the school or public library to get information on a particular topic.

It’s all happened so fast.

The legal services industry has been slow to adapt. It has been innovative forces outside of the the traditional legal services industry – non-law firm companies like Legal Zoom and Rocket Lawyer – that have forced lawyers to face the reality that the old lawyer-centric way of delivering legal services is over.

Lawyers are no longer the wizards they used to be; no longer the venerable keepers of legal secrets that only they knew. Online resources now allow clients to come to their first meetings with their prospective attorney more educated and discerning than ever.

A recent Forbes article on this topic concluded, “Technology is… not replacing lawyers but it is contributing to the demise of traditional legal culture, replacing it with a  diverse, competitive, customer-aligned, accessible, and cost-effective one…”

EstateplanningUS is proud to be at the forefront of the “demise of traditional legal culture”, leveraging the latest technology to make estate planning services affordable and accessible for a segment of the population largely ignored by the traditional legal establishment.