Hard times continue in the legal sector, especially among the small and solo firms. In fact, to develop new business, reports Bloomberg, lawyers are using attack ads on television. The tone of some makes Saul Goodman seem white-shoe.
That will include U.S. businesses and organizations which use digital platforms such as Upwork to have legal tasks done outside the U.S. One of Upwork's categories is "legal." In addition, legal assignments are scattered through other categories such as "financial communications" and "ghostwriting."
That kind of work used to be the bread and butter of Small and Solo Law. Also, the initial contact frequently led to future assignments. Have the lawyer write a letter to your landlord for $35 to $100. Next you will be coming again for the closing on the house you buy to flee that landlord forever.
If those outsourcing legal work beyond the U.S. have to pay a hefty surcharge the cost advantage goes kaput.
BigLaw might not go for this. But, hey, The Donald is for the Little Guy. He will put the energy into classifying what kinds of outsourced legal assignments will be slapped with a surcharge and which, like process re-engineering, won't be penalized. Both Small/Solo Law and BigLaw will be happy with the new president.