Friday, June 8, 2007

Real-Time Document Collaboration

Are lawyers ready for real-time document collaboration? Brett Burney thinks they are: Time for Lawyers to Collaborate in Real Time.

I do not agree. Drafting documents in a transaction is much more about negotiation than collaboration. I want to control drafting and control a negotiation posture.

Mr. Burney mentions using WebEx and other online meetings as a way to collaborate. I have done that a few times, but it is hard to find the right situation. For a big document, nobody wants to be going through the document line by line.

The situation is a little different when trying draft forms and templates. A collaboration model would fit better for an internal discussion or drafting session without the need for a negotiation stance. The collaboration software puts an artificial amount of technology in the way of a thoughtful discussion about the document.

Ken Adams had an interesting analysis on this Wiki, Anyone? on using a wiki and other software to draft contracts. He concludes that a wiki is not likely to be a factor in contract drafting. I agree.

AdamsDrafting: Real-Time Document Collaboration

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Is this new service nearer you preferred style of collaboration:

    The model is that the document owner uploads a draft. Several people can then annotate it online and respond to each others annotations. The owner then processes these to generate a new version and you start over again.



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