They say that every cloud has a silver lining. 2020 was a year of paralysis for almost all economic sectors. But not for Leticia and María Seara. Two partners who had just founded Legalmit, a company based on comprehensive communication and management software for law firms. “We integrate technology in a natural way, including all kinds of tools: communication, management, videoconferencing, digital signatures…”, says Leticia Seara. Or to put it another way: a 360º office where technology is integrated “in a natural way”. In other words, all the roles of the company, its workers and collaborators and its clients are at your fingertips.
“It is a more collaborative, fast and agile way of working, without the need to go to the office”, explains one of the founders. And although their software was intended for law firms, the high demand from other sectors led them to expand their offer. Today, Legalmit also offers its services to various academies and even gyms, with the aim of making online classes more affordable. The pandemic has therefore benefited these two partners. “The health crisis showed that more tools like this were needed. It validated our initial proposal,” they say.
Working with the cloud
Another of Legalmit’s strong points is that they work internally with the cloud. In other words, it is not necessary to connect remotely to the computer desktop. An improvement that they wanted to introduce, aware of the limitations in their profession. Both Leticia and María Seara are lawyers and it was they who became aware of “the need to change the way we work”. With their software they are looking for a more transparent and agile way of working, where there are no uncoordinated tools, but all of them work in an integrated way.
This project was born in Vía Galicia, a business accelerator promoted by the Zona Franca de Vigo and the Xunta de Galicia. It was 2018 and Leticia and María Seara already had in mind the development of a software that would facilitate coordination between employees and clients of law firms. However, it was not until the last quarter of 2019 that they began to commercialise their work and promoted Legalmit. Now they continue to participate in other initiatives and accelerators, trying to develop more ideas and keep their business growing.
An artificial intelligence project
One of their new projects is linked to artificial intelligence and machine learning. At the end of 2020 they immersed themselves in a new initiative through a grant from the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development. “This new project is linked to jurisprudence. We want to detect what is going to be the winning argument for the lawyer to structure his lawsuit“, explains Leticia Seara. Secondly, she continues, this will help to choose in which court to file the lawsuit. “Justice also has risks”, she says. For the time being, they are trying to develop and perfect the way it works, but hope to be able to take it to the field from next year onwards.
But this is not the only thing they have on their hands. There is less time left to welcome 2022 and Leticia and María Seara aim to focus more on marketing and sales. “We currently sell to Spain and Mexico, but we would like to expand our client base and automate this process even more”, say Legalmit. For the time being, they advocate a “powerful and stable” product: a single tool to carry out all the necessary procedures in a law firm, in an academy or even in a neighbourhood council. “Votes are called and recorded. It’s not just a question of raising by hand”, the company points out. Leticia and María Seara are already looking ahead to next year. Whether or not there is a setback, every cloud has a silver lining.