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Docracy

Free Legal Document Finder


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Published 06/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Docracy is an online legal document search that helps users access the material they need for nearly any legal purpose. The application presents user with three main categories, including documentation for freelancers, startups and documents for wills, real estate and personal use. Clicking the appropriate button takes the user to a list of available legal documents. Each is presented with a title, short description, related tags and the option to save it if the user needs it. A search is built into the site as well so users can jump to specific document right away. Viewing document details allows the user to read through the document, sign it online and review its stats. Users can also review past changes and similar documents.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Docracy was created to make it easier for anyone to locate the legal documents they need to protect themselves, their family or their business. The application received $650,000 in Venture funding in November of 2011. So far, Docracy has proven itself to be a valuable tool for anyone with simple legal needs. Users who require complex documentation will find that Docracy is lacking. The service cannot replace the expertise of a lawyer.

What are the differences to other apps?

Docracy is appealing to almost anyone because the application offers free, convenient access to a number of frequently sought legal documents. The list is by no means complete, but it provides users with a solid starting point when seeking out basic legal documentation. The site also breaks document down by who would need them, further simplifying the search effort. Users who know what they need can find document within seconds and have them signed and downloaded very quickly.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Many people are intimidated by anything related to legal issues. Docracy provides a comfortable environment for anyone, even those who have little to no experience dealing with legal documentation. The application makes the user feel right at home with no clutter and a direct path to each type of document. The website looks professional and modern but never overwhelms the user with unnecessary legalese. That type of language is saved for the actual documents the user downloads.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join Docracy by clicking the light grey “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form appears to the right and asks for a first and last name, email address and password. The user is automatically signed in after submitting the form but also advised that they must check their email inbox for a confirmation email.

What does it cost to use the application?

Docracy offers its services to all users at no cost. The user is not required to pay out for a subscription and no fees are required to access documents on the site. All users receive the same level of access to the same documents. The site doesn’t offer an extensive list of documents at this time, so free is a good way to entice user to take a look and possible return later.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Docracy is a great option for user who are looking for simple legal documents. The application can help users learn a little about each document and ask specific questions. It’s primarily focused on users with little to no legal experience. Individuals who have extensive legal experience or a complicated legal matter that needs addressed may not find what they need in Docracy’s document list.

  • Search for online legal documents
  • Sign legal documents on the website
  • Download documents or share them on social networks
  • Access a change history for each document
  • Ask a question in document discussion threads


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