LawRato, a Delhi-based legal-tech startup which connects users to lawyers, has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-series A round of funding. While the round was led by IAN Co-Founder, Alok Mittal, V.P. Rajesh and Srikant Sastri will join the company’s board.
The company will now use the newly raised funds to scale up its platform, along with expanding its operations to other geographies and to further expand its services portfolio.
Alok Mittal, co-founder, Indian Angel Network, said in a statement:
With over 10 lakh lawyers and with no published data on lawyers’ performance track record, it can indeed be a very daunting task to find the right lawyer in India… Lawrato is very much aligned to our thoughts and has an extremely user friendly interface that helps law-seekers connect with the right lawyer and get basic legal advice.
Using the platform, users can choose from an array of lawyers based on the latter’s biography, area of expertise, consultation fee and proximity. The company, which was founded in the year 2014, claims to have over 2,200 lawyer profiles across 200 cities in India.
The platform enables users to get free initial legal advice. For customised advice, users can pay and book private consultation with lawyers, through the partner lawyer directory.
The company has launched what is claims is the country’s first self-help Facebook messenger chat bot. It lets users search for legal answers, ask a free legal question. Further, it also finds the best lawyer for any type of legal requirement. Users can also book a consultation with the lawyer by paying a nominal consultation fee.
Rohan Mahajan, co-founder, Lawrato, said:
While people know that they need help with an issue, they don’t know the right way to navigate our legal system, and who to consult and engage. That’s where Lawrato is an ideal option to go for… We wish to make the legal advisory a hassle free affair for every individual in the country.
In this sector, LawRato is up against other online legal service provider such as HiGrit Services, Legal Raasta and Legistify, among others. In July, HiGrit Services raised an undisclosed amount in its seed funding round.
Legal Raasta has raised around $1 million its its latest funding round from two high net-worth individuals, Pravin Khandelwal and Yatin Kumar Jain. On the other hand, Legistify, a Delhi-based startup has also raised a seed funding of an undisclosed amount, led by Ranjit Singh.