DoNotPay isn't an animatronic being that actually walks into court for you – yet. It's an online tool developed by a Stanford student that, thanks to an upgrade that goes live today, can help users address more than 1,000 legal matters free of charge.
According to Mashable, some of the bot's capabilities include helping you contest parking tickets, filing consumer complaints or reporting harassment in the workplace. It can even assist refugees applying for political asylum.
"The expansion is into consumer rights, from fighting your landlord to getting a refund when something isn't delivered on time," says DoNotPay creator Joshua Browder, who created the service to fight his own parking tickets. "I think businesses should be forced to treat consumers better, and consumer-rights bots will hopefully change that."
The interface is an instant-messaging app into which users enter a legal problem and answer questions about it. DoNotPay then crafts a legal form such as a claims letter or cease-and-desist notice, or it refers you to additional legal aid. It's powered by IBM's Watson technology.
The cost savings can amount to thousands of dollars in lawyers' fees. According to Business Insider UK, in 2016, DoNotPay successfullly appealed £2 million in parking tickets.
Бесплатный робот-адвокат онлайн поможет жителям США отстаивать свои права как в суде так и в несудебных легальных разбирательствах. Например, отсудить парковочные штрафы или составить легально грамтное заявление в диспуте с арендодателем или городскими службами.