Afterpattern announces finalist contestants in Automated Legal Products Competition

Meet the top five finalist Pitch Contestants in Afterpattern's 2021 Automated Legal Products Competition

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August 16, 2021

Today Afterpattern announced the five finalists in the 2021 Automated Legal Products Competition. The Automated Legal Products Competition is a public call to recognize the best new legal product ideas. This year, individuals and organizations from across the United States were asked to pitch their ideas and were evaluated based on: Idea, Build, and Go-to-Market. 

These finalists will compete in a Pitch Contest on August 24, 2021 at 2 PM EST for an opportunity to win the resources they need to turn their product idea into a reality, including: a $5,000 cash prize, app development training, and a year of free access to the Afterpattern platform. The Pitch event will be available via a live Zoom video stream. Register to watch for free at this link.

The Automated Legal Products Competition finalist ideas are:

NDA InstaCheck (submitted by Digitize Legal)

Only a subset of NDAs have material issues, but days are lost and hundreds or thousands of dollars are spent each month because most companies decide that a lawyer must open a Word document or PDF and read every provision closely. Some business people just take the risk and sign NDAs without legal review due to the time and cost of legal review. NDA InstaCheck uses AI and an expert Silicon Valley startup lawyer's negotiation playbook to identify issues in third-party NDA templates or redlines to a customer NDA template. It empowers business people to sign low risk NDAs without legal review and to escalate NDAs with material issues to an attorney.

"TurboTax" for Free Citizenship Applications (submitted by

There are 9 million American immigrants who are eligible to become citizens, but each year only 10% apply. A big part of the reason is that few immigrants can afford to pay a lawyer an average fee of $1,300 to prepare their forms.'s Citizenship Application app will help immigrants safely apply for citizenship, for free. The app will also give immigrants an option to have their application reviewed by a lawyer for an affordable price.

Estate Planning Product-Service Hybrid (submitted by Legacy Studio)

There is a reason that law school textbooks are full of cases about homemade wills: ambiguities and contradictions abound when estate planning is done without expert counsel. An automated legal document is only as good as the data entered into the form, and the fully automated products do not provide sufficient explanation or guidance. Legacy Studio's software will include both bite-size written explanations and engaging videos which answer all of the questions routinely asked in client consultations. Additionally, clients will meet with a licensed, expert attorney to sign their documents at an “implementation meeting”. This meeting provides users the peace of mind that their estate plan is in perfect order.

PaCT Plan (submitted by Sibus Law Group)

From 2010 to 2019 in California, there were an average of 390,000 family law filings per year. Of those, approximately 10% required parenting plans. PaCT Plan™ enables parents to create simple enforceable parenting plans for a one-time fee of $49, instead of the typical $6,000 attorneys charge. Each parent receives their own Quick Reference Guide that shows exact dates and times for every holiday, break, and special day through the child’s senior year of high school. That makes it easier for parents, schools, child care providers, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, family court and child support services, and anyone else who relies on the parenting plan to follow it, enforce it, and resolve conflicts.

Free App for Special Needs Trusts in Wisconsin (submitted by Wright Elder Law)

This app will determine if a Wisconsinite needs a special needs trust, assemble the required documents, and refer them to a qualified attorney to complete the legal service. The average public user will save $35,570 of their own money. Attorneys will get a high-quality, ready-to-go lead for a profitable legal service and a pre-assembled Wispact application, along with supporting documents like checklists, releases of information, and court petitions, when necessary. The app itself will be free to users, and most users will be able to apply for a grant program that often reimburses up to $2,000 of the legal fees involved in creating a Wispact trust.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I to watch the live Pitch event?

Register using this link

When is the event? When will the winner be announced?

The event is on August 24, 2021 at 2 PM EST. The winner will be announced in real-time at the end of the Pitch Contest.

How will the finalists be scored?

The winner of the Pitch Contest will be the finalist who receives the highest cumulative score from the panel of judges and the public vote. For more details, read the official contest rules.

How do I vote for my favorite idea?

To vote for your favorite idea, please submit your choice here.

Voting will be closed minutes after the last finalist completes their pitch on August 24. Only one vote per person will be counted. The vote is open to the public.

Who are the judges?

Kristen Sonday: Kristen is an experienced legal tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist. She's the Co-founder and COO of Paladin, a pro bono platform that helps law firms and in-house teams increase pro bono engagement while decreasing admin costs, as well as a general partner at LongJump fund, which invests in underrepresented founders in Chicago.

Jennette Cheung: Jennette is product manager and head of pro services at Afterpattern. She has deep experience building legal products and has worked with teams across the globe to turn their product visions into reality.

Willie Peacock: Willie is lawyer and marketing consultant who loves the art of lead generation. He runs his own estate planning law firm as well as OmniEsq, a legal advertising and development agency.

For questions about the contest or media inquiries, please email

Pitch contest

Aug. 24 (Tuesday) 2pm EST

Watch 5x finalists pitch their idea for an automated legal product. Winner gets $5,000 and the support to make their idea on Afterpattern.

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