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Where there’s a will

Where there’s a will

By Andrea de Souza

Young Persons 


For LIV Council member Brendan Lacota, moving out of his comfort zone has paid off. Brendan Lacota is the principal lawyer at the Moonee Valley Legal Service, an LIV councillor and co-chair of the YL Reform Committee. He is also co-founder of Onlinewillkit.com, a site aimed at improving access to basic legal services for everyone. 1. How did you get to where you are now? After completing a biomedical science degree I completed the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne and commenced my legal career via the traineeship pathway at a commercial law firm. I was admitted to legal practice in 2013 and am now the principal lawyer at the Moonee Valley Legal Service, an LIV Council member and co-founder of Onlinewillkit.com. Onlinewillkit.com uses human centred design to simplify the process of making a DIY will. We hope to soon expand to offer other services as well as wills. Scientific, commercial and community legal centre experience helped to shape the way that I approach problems. In my own practice I have tried to adopt the concept of the T-shaped lawyer 1 by expanding my knowledge of different areas, including business and technology, while developing an understanding of individual legal fields. This non-traditional approach to the practice of law introduced me to the concept of human centred design and provided the opportunity to pursue the Onlinewillkit.com project. 2. What motivated you to take your career in an alternative direction? There is an access to justice crisis in Australia. Every year community legal centres turn away more than 160,000 people that they can't help, and the number of people being turned away is growing. Technology provides a unique opportunity to help people access legal services that have previously been out of reach of many Australians. Onlinewillkit.com is our first small step towards trying to improve access to justice and provide services to people who would otherwise be denied access to basic legal documents. Requests for help drafting simple wills are very common and the existing self help products are generally not very good, so wills seemed like a good place to start.

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