Virtual Law Office
Register today and ask your legal question
Many clients prefer the convenience of our virtual law office, which allows legal advice to be obtained online from a lawyer licensed to practice in North Carolina. Register for a free account today and ask a legal question.
What is a Virtual Law Office?
The Rice Law virtual law office (VLO) provides a secure environment that's available to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VLO includes areas for secure client-attorney communications, completion of online forms, secure sharing of confidential documents, client files, and client account information. Rice Law made news in February 2009 when it launched its online legal services as the largest online family law firm in North Carolina.
What can I do in the VLO?
Use the VLO to:
All clients are provided with an individualized quote for services before we undertake your specific case. The legal fees through the Virtual Law Office are often less than that charged for full service legal services. We can make our fees affordable because internet interaction is often quicker and affords us the ability to lower our overhead costs.
Sample fees for services:
How to start
To use the VLO, you must register for a free account. During the registration process, you will be given the terms and conditions for site use. Keep your registration information (username and password) private and use it to log onto the site to view threaded discussions between you and an attorney. Rice Law gives you the option of being notified via email upon attorney response to your VLO query. After you create your account, you may click on "Ask a Question" and submit information concerning your legal matter. We will conduct a conflicts check and if there is no conflict, our attorneys will answer your question and provide a no obligation quote for legal services.
Register today and ask your legal question
For video instructions on using the VLO, see the following topics: registering, logging on, asking a question, responding, logging out, reviewing charges, paying by credit card or by check, accepting a quote, uploading files, changing your VLO password, changing case settings, downloading files, updating contact info, and editing private information.
Limited law services
The Virtual Law Office enables Rice Law to provide unbundled legal services through our VLO to any person with a legal issue in the State of North Carolina. Rice Law helps clients by preparing legal forms, including Complaints, Answer & Counterclaims, Motions and other pleadings to make requests to North Carolina courts. These cost-effective limited-engagement legal services are ideal for families who cannot afford full-service representation but want to ensure that their case is properly presented. If you have decided to represent yourself in a divorce or other family legal matter, register for a free account and log on today to discuss your case in our secure Web environment.
A secure environment
While email can be used for client-attorney conversations, it is neither encrypted nor secure. The Rice Law VLO is powered by Virtual Law Office Technology, which provides a secure communications tool to our clients. Communications through the VLO operate under secure protocols, similar to online banking. Data is encrypted at both the communication and storage levels using proven algorithms offering the highest degree of protection. The software is developed using secure programming techniques, regular auditing and continuous updates to protect you in the ever-changing online environment.
Finding your way around the VLO
How to register
How to log in
How to ask a question
How to respond to a discussion
How to log out
How to review charges
How to pay legal fees with a credit card
How to pay legal fees by check
How to accept a quote
How to upload a file
How to change your password
How to change case settings
How to download a file
How to update contact info
How to add/edit private info
Use the virtual law office
Learn how to use the virtual law office (VLO) in these short videos
Message an attorney, check your legal calendar, or track your case in our secure online office (registration required)
Note: Emailing, messaging, or calling does not constitute Attorney-Client Privilege. Attorney-Client Privilege can only be obtained by meeting with Rice Law attorneys or having a signed contract with Rice Law.