Document Automation That Works ™
Our document and contract automation software (Contract Express) is trusted by the world’s leading law firms and corporations to generate standard legal documents from automated templates, reducing or eliminating the delays, costs, bottlenecks, and risks inherent with manual drafting. With automated contract drafting, lawyers are freed to work on higher value negotiations, non-standard matters, and realizable matters. The result is a faster, more efficient, more consistent, more compliant legal service. Everyone wins.
Partners and GCs trust Contract Express contract automation because their lawyers are able to quickly and accurately automate and update their legal templates in Word without requiring IT specialists to convert their legal templates into computer programs.
Unlike all other document automation products, Contract Express document automation understands lawyers’ “square bracket” legal markup notation. There’s no programming notation, no XML markup, no hidden codes or fields, no questionnaire scripting, no use of proprietary editors, and no need to reapply styles to generated documents.
This capability is unique to Contract Express contract automation software and protected by thirteen granted US patents with more pending. It’s the Contract Express difference, and the reason why Contract Express automated drafting is the solution of choice for leading law firms and corporations worldwide. Try it yourself for free for 28 days.
Generating documents from automated templates
Business and legal users generate documents by filling out dynamic, web-based forms – also called ‘questionnaires’ – created automatically from your templates.
Contract Express 5 contract automation is mobile-first. The questionnaire looks great on smartphones and tablets of all sizes. “Contract Express on a tablet is an excellent example of the productivity improvement that can be achieved with document automation software.” – Andy Wishart, Global Head – Contract Express, Thomson Reuters
Contract Express changes the game, enabling us to automate documents easily and quickly, but above all with complete accuracy.
Sales can create a contract at one in the morning, one in the afternoon or on a weekend, whenever they want. You don’t have to go through my department, and we’ll never slow you down.Seth Weissman
Contract automation shouldn’t be rocket science…
It should be easy!
Our intuitive & patented template automation tool for MS Word, Contract Express Author, enables lawyers to quickly automate and update even the most complex legal documents without needing programmers. Document automation without programmers means automated legal processes you can trust. That’s the Contract Express difference!
Sign up for a free trial of Contract Express contract automation to automate and run your own contracts, agreements and other legal documents.
Why Law Firms Use Contract Express Document Automation
Law firms use Contract Express document assembly to win new clients, retain key clients, and increase partner profits:
Online marketing tool
Showcase your firm’s advanced capabilities to win new clients. For example, see Cooley GO.
Client collaboration tool
Enable clients to complete an intelligent online form and have the generated Word document automatically sent to an associate for review.
Volume assembly engine
Manage volumes of employment claims on behalf of large corporate clients on-shore and at a price that satisfies the client and makes a healthy profit for the partnership.
Provide clients with user specific “dashboards” to enter new deal information, roundtrip answers into newer versions, and generate locked PDFs or automatically route to a lawyer for review depending on the client’s answers.
Client document generator
Associates and paralegals can rapidly and accurately create client draft documents for subsequent negotiation by the firm’s lawyers, optionally aided by Contract Express Drafter. Easily generate repetitive “secondary” deal documents such as bondholders’ memos.
Engagement letter generator
Create consistent and compliant engagement letters, ethical wall memos, and other firm administrative documents where speed, consistency, compliance, integration with other systems, and cost reduction are important.
Document automation with Preview Mode
Document assembly is sometimes regarded as a “black box”. Questions are answered and documents are generated, with no visibility as to what is happening inside the document. Contract Express Preview changes this by enabling lawyers to observe changes in the document in real time as they answer the questionnaire.
Preview enables senior lawyers to confirm that the automated template is behaving as expected. Preview enables junior lawyers to better understand how the options in the questionnaire relate to different clauses in the document. Test-drive Preview for yourself using our automated software license agreement.
Why Corporations Use Contract Express Contract Automation
Corporations across all industries use Contract Express contract automation to:
Eliminate the drafting bottleneck in Legal
Improve efficiency and better utilizing lawyers’ time
Improve compliance by standardizing contract language and approvals
Trusted Self-service Contract Creation
By combining automated contract drafting with approval workflows, Contract Express contract automation software enables business users to initiate contract requests and receive signature-ready, locked PDFs when their request is complete and compliant. We call this trusted self-service contract creation, or “PDF or Lawyer”.
Business users complete an intuitive, business-oriented online questionnaire. The PDF-or-lawyer approval workflow enforces compliance by only allowing a business user to access a signature-ready and locked PDF version of the agreement when their answers are complete and compliant, as established by Legal. Incomplete or non-compliant requests are automatically routed to the appropriate lawyer for review.
Robust approval process
Incomplete, non-compliant, or non-standard answers, including any request by the counterparty for changes or the Word version, are routed with an alerting email to defined legal and/or business approvers. Approvers can view and edit the user’s answers, and approve, reject, or reassign to another approver. Lawyers can access fully styled and versioned Word documents generated from the user’s answers for negotiation with the counterparty’s lawyers.
Improving client service and law department efficiency
Law departments use Contract Express automated drafting for the creation and approval of business development agreements including NDAs, license agreements, sales agreements, and procurement agreements. Business clients receive approved contracts more quickly, while the lawyers are able to focus on non-standard, high value matters.
Compliance and audit
Every step of the process is logged for audit and management reporting. Executed contracts with the associated high-integrity contract data are exported to a contract management site for searching, alerting, and reporting.
If the questions are answered in such a way that it does not create the need for an external review, a Cisco account manager can sign up a distribution partner in an hour or less.Steve Harmon
The Contract Express Difference
Our intuitive & patented template automation tool, Contract Express Author, enables lawyers to quickly automate and update even the most complex legal documents without needing programmers. Automation without programmers means automated legal processes you can trust.
Sign up for a free trial of Contract Express to automate and run your own contracts, agreements and other legal documents.