The lawyer can save a lot of time searching for information or documents manually because ChatGPT provides this information in just a few seconds.
Essential guide to automate the contract drafting process
Recently, The Impact Lawyers published a news item reporting the benefits of using ChatGPT, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that simulates conversations with users and is capable of drafting documents based on requests made by users. Without a doubt, this technology system is one of the most useful tools that have been developed in recent years because it is a complement that helps lawyers in their daily work, reducing their work time and improving the productivity of law firms.
The Impact Lawyers mentioned three advantages: it provides a quick and detailed answer to the questions asked by the users of the application; it allows the monitoring of ongoing cases; and the most important one, ChatGPT elaborates legal texts. This last advantage, while it is true that the software is capable of producing texts with a command of legal language, these documents are basic and not always reliable. This means that the figure of the lawyer is necessary for the review and correction of the texts drafted by the AI.
In the same vein, UK property law firm Bird & Co tested ChatGPT to see if it accurately answered the most common questions first-time buyers ask, rather than a property lawyer. The study revealed that ChatGPT was flawed when answering questions: it provides basic answers without in-depth explanation; it does not ask follow-up questions; answers have incorrect and contradictory data. In addition to these detected flaws, the most striking problem is that the computer system does not give advice to clients, which could cause them to waste time and money if they take advice from chatbots instead of real lawyers.
All the information gathered so far leads to the conclusion that, for the time being, chatbots are no match for lawyers because they cannot replace their job, however, lawyers can make use of ChatGPT where appropriate and take advantage of the benefits it offers to reduce workload, answer very basic queries and draft basic documents.
How to use ChatGPT
In this article we will show you how you can use ChatGPT. The good thing about this tool is that it is free and it is available to everyone, regardless of the profession the users work in, even students can use it to solve academic doubts.
The first thing to do is to access the website (https://chat.openai.com/) from any device with Internet access, a cell phone, a computer or a Tablet. Once you access the page you will need to create an account on the OpenAI website and, once it is created, it is as easy as entering the page and start asking questions to the computer system in the bottom bar of the screen.
Both legal professionals and clients can make use of this tool to ask for information, but as mentioned above, it is only a tool to help lawyers optimize their work time, not a substitute for their work. For example, if you ask the machine to write a lawsuit, it will not do it. The software is programmed to address basic needs and help users, but it is also designed to make it clear that it is an artificial intelligence tool and not a lawyer.
To demonstrate the usefulness of ChatGPT in the daily activities of lawyers, what you can ask it for is help in drafting more basic legal documents, such as a lease agreement. The user asks you to draft the document and the software gives you the steps to follow in order to do so. At this point it is important to note that everything written in the chat will be recorded and is subject to possible revisions by the OpenIA development team, so it is best not to include sensitive personal information.
The information provided by the technological system will be a draft that specifies the steps to follow for the drafting of the official document, what information must be present in the contract and in what order to include it.
Undoubtedly, this tool, like all technological advances, has more benefits than drawbacks as long as users know how to use it and do so responsibly, knowing that there are insurmountable limits. The lawyer will be able to save a lot of time searching for information or documents manually because ChatGPT provides that information in just a few seconds.