You Have a Right to Know the Law, says LA startup MyRight

September 11, 2012

9:00 am

Have you ever argued over a security deposit with a landlord or disputed a parking ticket? How’d that work out for you? Thought so.

MyRight, who won our hottest showcasing startup in Los Angeles poll, wants to answer all your legal questions.

As former attorneys, the founders believe you should know – and deserve to know – your rights, and that they should be easy to understand. MyRight is focused on common personal legal issues: they want you to be able to ask simple questions and learn whether you have a right or should hire a lawyer. The cofounders are attempting to build a user interface to make the process quick and easy.

Famous for his influence on James Madison during the writing of the Constitution, Montesquieu opined that basic equality among citizens stems from equal protection under the legal system. He was famous for saying, “In the state of nature . . . all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.” And that protection has never been easier to achieve than in the digital age we’re living in now. MyRight is helping users wade through the complicated mess of local and state laws, and hopefully they will allow the average citizen to exert justice more effectively through the proper channels.

MyRight received $20,000 in funding from Westwood, Los Angeles-based accelerator StartEngine. Los Angeles has been a hub for startups that combine technology and law, such as LegalZoom (headquartered in Glendale). LegalZoom’s mission is to give users an easy-to-use, online service for legal documentation.

Fun fact: the cofounders have been friends since elementary school and grew up in the same neighborhood.

MyRight was a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail Los Angeles mixer.

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Micah Cohen is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in startups, innovation and growth strategies. Currently, Micah is a Director at the fast-growing social dining LA startup, Grubwithus, and previously worked on user acquisition at LivingSocial. Micah is passionate about using technology to re-imagine our world across industries, social classes, and countries. He loves playing soccer, painting, and biking. You can follow him on Twitter @miccohen

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