Blog Post Image: Getting Started in Document Assembly

A paper from 1990.

Document Assembly is the automated production of documents. Ask the user a few questions and spit out a document like a Will, Trust, or Contract. Document Assembly is how I became a programmer. While I was a lawyer, I developed techniques to automate my law practice. They may seem pretty obvious to software engineers, but this was pretty advanced for a lawyer in the late 1980s. Actually, I’ve been told is pretty advanced for lawyers in this century too!

I enjoyed the automating my law practice so much it became a serious hobby. At some point, I decided it may be more fun to see if I could get paid to do this hobby full time. I hooked up with Retrieval Systems which was making a document assembly system for a legal publisher, made the switch in 1988, and haven’t looked back since!

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