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February 1, 2022

Building Legal Apps with Afterpattern

Where should I start?

Ever had an idea for how to make your law practice even more efficient and modern but had to shelve that Eureka moment because you couldn't figure out how to do it? Afterpattern is a platform to help you bridge those gaps. Its arsenal of different,easy-to-learn options for you to customize your law practice not only for your needs but also for your clients' needs, saving you time and energy you can dedicate elsewhere.

One of these tools is the app builder, which relies on your already hard-earned expertise and know-how to build professional-looking applications for your clients to use. You've already gone to law school and put in the hours with your clients in your field. 

However, Afterpattern provides a new way to use that experience. These apps can help reduce your own time in the office while also creating passive revenue streams for you. Its intuitive, non-coding interface means the only prior skill you need to develop apps is your own – no background in programming background or degree in computer sciences is required. Afterpattern's handy web tutorials mean that you can learn how to use its interface in a matter of hours. Also, you can check our Udemy Course on Afterpattern.

Also, this platform enables you to check out other legal professionals' publicly published apps if you need some inspiration in the Afterpattern marketplace. Building legal products is a matter of selecting from dropdown menus and click-and-dragging objects into place before you can have a mobile-friendly web application up and running. Need to edit, make adjustments or repurpose the app? That can be done with a few clicks and republished immediately, either privately or publicly. You control it all from Afterpattern's web portal, right down to who can even access the link to your application.

Why should I build apps?

Afterpattern's legal application programs cannot only collect information from your clients, so you don't have to, but it can also use this information to populate documents, send emails, collect payments through Stripe or LawPay, connect to Zapier, and more. You can even use Afterpattern to collect signatures and perform logical reasoning to apply legal rules to client fact patterns. Yes, you read that correctly: Afterpattern can help you give legal advice to your clients without you having to repeat yourself for hours or even get out of bed if you want. You can become the ultimate multitasker with the apps you build out because it's all based on your expertise.

Afterpattern's toolkit makes it easy for you to consolidate client claims of a particular type – for example, clients with the same questions about trusts or the same standard contract they need to be drawn up. You could also build apps for client onboarding, allowing you to receive all the information you need for different representations and making sure both you and your client start on the same page. You can even link Loom videos to your apps so your clients can understand the representation process.

The apps you build can also be for in-house usage as a tool to help your team grasp cases based on the information they have from client conversations or research. Afterpattern allows you to streamline your practice so you can choose where to dedicate your focus, time, and energy. Replicated across your team, using Afterpattern means your organization can double, triple, or even quadruple its finished tasks in the same amount of time. This kind of effective distribution of resources can also help boost your firm or organization's marketing strategy, propelling you to the top of your specialization in your area or even across the country.

These apps don't have to automate documents at all, though, if that's not what you can need. You can also use your apps to create a web portal for your clients, building your legal practice management system or other platform depending on your needs. Using Afterpattern, you can control what data is shared amongst your clients, and you can also control which clients get invited or have access to theplatform at all and to what degree. Because Afterpattern is a no-code interface, the level of customizability for your own platform is limited only by your creativity, not your tech know-how.

Final Thoughts

If this process seems daunting or you don't know where to start, don't worry! Afterpattern can also connect you to teams of experts that can answer your questions, guide your app-building, or build your app out for you in a matter of weeks. Just like Afterpattern's toolkit itself, it's all adjustable. These experts tailor their involvement to help empower you, teaching you so that you can understand how to build out a whole suite of apps on your own afterward.

With Afterpattern, you're not going to find pre-built formulas or templates, and that's on purpose. Afterpattern's focus is on giving you the tools to help yourself build out what you need, so you can make it exactly how you want it. If you want to learn more about Afterpattern, we are happy to connect with you and have a discussion. If you are already using Afterpattern, we also provide tutoring services to help you in your project.

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