May 3rd, 2023

ChatGPT, Esq.? Not so fast!

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Author: Jamie Alvarado-Taylor, Sarah J. Broder, Rama Taib-Lopez, Joseph M. Moeller, Nindiya G. Ramchandani, Flora K. Lee, Vicki R. Canales

Legal challenges can be incredibly stressful, leaving you feeling like you’re in over your head. In today’s world, there are numerous solutions available for any given legal problem. However, navigating this maze of options can make it challenging to determine which path will lead you to the best outcome.

The cheapest or easiest solution might seem appealing, but it might not be the best one for you. It’s important to take the time to do your research and find an option that meets all of your needs, not just your budget. Sometimes, the cheapest solution can end up costing you in the long run. Instead, prioritize finding a solution that delivers the best possible results for your unique situation.

Why Shouldn’t I Look to an Online Tool Like ChatGPT?

Recently ChatGPT has been making headlines as the latest and greatest tool for all your needs, including your legal ones. However, before you turn to Attorney AI, let’s take a closer look at whether ChatGPT and similar tools can truly replace the knowledge and experience of a human attorney.

Can A Computer Tell Your Story?
While ChatGPT and other more established online legal tools, such as Legal Zoom, may be able to provide legal references, there is no relationship between an individual and the tool to develop a narrative that truly tells the client’s story in a way that uses the law and the facts of the case or goals and desires of the individual or business.

The Nuances of the Law
Online tools lack insider knowledge about the intricacies of local laws and local courts (including the “unwritten” rules and procedures that may apply to a particular jurisdiction). ChatGPT pulls an amalgamation of information but is not able to conduct independent legal analysis and is missing out on critical insights.  There is a lot more to litigating a claim than just filing a complaint!

A Human Experience
An actual attorney can provide compassion and understanding that online tools simply cannot. When dealing with emotionally charged legal situations such as divorce, death of a family member or an accident, an attorney can not only provide comfort and guidance, but also have a deeper understanding of the full impact of your situation that an online bot cannot.

Keeping Up On New Laws
Local and even national laws change all the time. ChatGPT has a disclaimer right on the site that its data is limited to information prior to September 2021.It can be very dangerous to use outdated law in any of your legal documents or when heading to court.

Now that you are convinced of the value of a human attorney, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. At Stein Sperling weoffer a wide range of legal services that cater to both personal and professional legal needs. As a result, we gain a thorough understanding of your entire legal situation and objectives working as a team to provide you the best outcome. Our firm history and growth in this region provide us with good relationships with lawyers, experts, and judges in the courts we practice in.

Stein Sperling’s resilience ensures that the relationship you have built with our firm will continue to serve your needs long into the future.