The world has changed. Successful business is usually a global business. The Internet has changed the world, and the benefits of Internet-specific tools call for progress in all areas. The 2020 pandemic forced humanity to perceive the Internet as an appropriate solution for many activities and not just as a possibility for the future evolution of the market, of social behaviours.
My name is Romeo Daniel Cosma, I have been a lawyer since 1996 and I have an affinity for new technologies. I love the profession of Lawyer, I am fully dedicated to it and I like lawyers. In 2000 I set up a law firm, "Cosma and Associates" in Romania. I am a practising lawyer and I coordinate the activity of "Cosma and Associates". In 2017, I started working on a project that aims to build an IT infrastructure, a tool to serve an International Network of Lawyers.
The W.O.L.E.P. - "World Online Lawyers with Excellent Practice" International Network of Lawyers represents the future.
Here is the vision of the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers:
The Internet : It's fantastic. It can make us all office colleagues, it offers us Clients and we can work online. We can be accessible to Clients when they need legal services, at a click away. We can be globally relevant Lawyers, because the internet is global. The W.O.L.E.P. - “World Online Lawyers with Excellent Practice” International Network of Lawyers aims to become relevant on a global scale.
Professionalism - High standard of legal practice – Consistency and quality of legal services are the main assessment criteria that Clients have in their relationship with Lawyers. For the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers, this is of paramount importance. Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. Network have and are committed to maintaining a high standard of legal practice.
Honesty and Collegiate Ethics – Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers understand the importance of honesty-based peer relationships and are committed to always being honest in a Professional Collaboration relationship with another Lawyer in the W.O.L.E.P. Network. The rule is the following: "What a colleague ought to know is my duty to let them know, and what ought to be paid to a colleague is my duty to pay them".
Fellowship of Lawyers – This is a core value for the legal profession. The professional fellowship of Lawyers is also manifested by the observance of professional secrecy by Lawyers and by ensuring their professional independence. The W.O.L.E.P. - "World Online Lawyers with Excellent Practice" International Network of Lawyers aims to facilitate Professional Collaborations between Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. Network. The Professional Collaboration of the Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. Network is achieved by:
Law Practice - Entrepreneurial Valences: All Lawyers have in their portfolio Clients who do various businesses. In general, any business needs providers and clients. Providers and clients of a business usually have distinct Lawyers. If Lawyers exchanged information with each other about the (business) needs of their Clients, it could most likely lead to the conclusion of good business deals for their Clients. We Lawyers would work on those deals generated by us. We Lawyers also deserve a commission from our Clients, because, this time, we have not just solved a the Client’s problem but we have generated a business for them. The environment provided by the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers and the communication between Lawyers is the key to such opportunities.
The mission of the W.O.L.E.P. - "World Online Lawyers with Excellent Practice" International Lawyer Network is:
The achievement of these objectives:
Increasing and Strengthening the Professional Prestige – The affiliation of Lawyers to Organisations that enjoy adequate credibility leads to an increase in the Prestige for Lawyers because Clients perceive this as a validation of their professionalism. The W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers implements a branding strategy with the following key messages:
Facilitating Clients' access to Lawyers' services – Internet access tends to become a fundamental right for the entire population of the planet, and frequent internet users are people in the target group for legal services. Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers are not only presented on the internet, but they actually work online. The goal of the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers is for Wolep.com to become the first option, the reflex gesture that a Client has when in need of a Lawyer’s services.
Facilitating Professional Collaboration between Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. Network – By joining the W.O.L.E.P. International Network, a Lawyer or a law firm increases their professional capacity. Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers can offer their Clients legal services that are not found in their practice area or that involve activities in other countries or regions. By subcontracting activities or by sharing Clients, Lawyers actually increase their professional capacity, they can do more for their Clients.
Increasing the income from the activity performed as a Lawyer for the members of the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers – The purpose of all these objectives is, in the end, to increase the income for Lawyers or law firms in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network. It is natural to pursue this goal; this is how professional satisfaction and recognition are translated.
What unites Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network is shared values:
These values are:
Professionalism – Lawyers have and are committed to maintaining a high standard of legal practice so that their Clients are fully satisfied with collaborating with the selected Lawyer.
Respect – Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network respect the work, professionalism, prestige and values of Lawyers.
Prestige - Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network are aware of the importance of professional prestige for the career of a Lawyer and are committed to actively contribute to increasing and consolidating the professional prestige of Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P Network.
Prestige of the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers – As an associative entity, the W.O.L.E.P. Network also enjoys Prestige. Every Lawyer in the Network shall contribute to increasing the prestige of the Network and shall refrain from any action that could affect its good reputation.
Professional Collaboration - Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers are willing to enter into Professional Collaborations with other Lawyers in the Network, in a way that these Collaborations do not affect their professional independence and the commitments made to other forms of exercising the profession.
Loyalty - Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers undertake to show loyalty to the Network and to act in its interest at least in situations where they want to recommend a Client who needs a Lawyer specialising in a different practice area, from another country or from another region. At least in this situation, Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. Network shall be recommended.
Honesty - In the Collaboration relationships established between the members of the Network, the Lawyers shall follow the rule: "What a colleague ought to know is my duty to let them know, and what ought to be paid to a colleague is my duty to pay them".
Professional secrecy - Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers undertake to fully respect the professional secrecy regarding any Lawyer in the W.O.L.E.P. Network. To this end, they shall not request confidential information, shall not share confidential information and shall not disclose such information, regardless of the context or regardless of how they came to know confidential information.
Own Clients – Clients of a Lawyer or Law Firm in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyer belong to that Lawyer or to that Law firm. No Lawyer or Law Firm in the W.O.L.E.P. Network shall hire, make an offer or enter into a collaboration of any kind with a Client of another Lawyer in the W.O.L.E.P. Network, except in the case of a Professional Collaboration when the conditions of the established Collaboration shall be exactly observed.
Professional Independence - Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers are and remain fully independent in the exercise of their professional activities. The W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers does not exercise control or authority, of any kind, over the professional activity of the Lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers.
The W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers is suitable for those Lawyers who have the following career priorities:
You are an internationally relevant Lawyer
Business is global, people are looking for opportunities in other countries or regions and they need the services of Lawyers.
Lawyers from the W.O.L.E.P. International Network are promoted globally, through specific means of the Internet, and their services are accessible to Clients "at a click away". Wolep.com is currently translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian. In the next 2 months it will also be translated into German, Polish and Dutch. Clients who speak these languages can use the website in their native language and can benefit from Live or Written Legal Consultations from the Lawyers registered on the website, regardless of the country or region where they practice law regularly.
You belong to an International Organization
Lawyers who have joined the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers may perform various specific activities for the Clients of other Network Lawyers or may entrust the performance of certain activities to other Network Lawyers, for their own Clients. Each Lawyer is paid for his/her work. Lawyers can share one or more Clients. Lawyers can work together on one or more Projects.
You can offer your Clients legal services in all countries where the W.O.L.E.P. Network has Lawyers and from all the practice areas of the Lawyers in the Network.
The resources of the Network can be used by any Lawyer or Law Firm that has joined the Network.
Online Legal Consultations, video-audio or Drafting legal documents
People want to buy anything on the internet. It's more convenient. The rules imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic have led to an increase in the habit of buying goods or services on the Internet.
Lawyers who have joined the W.O.L.E.P. International Network of Lawyers can provide Online Legal Consultations, video-audio or Drafting legal documents and can collect fees for these activities.
The Wolep.com website holds the necessary infrastructure to offer Online Legal Consultations and to collect fees in conditions of confidentiality and full security.
Clients attracted to the Wolep.com website are your Clients and if they want to hire you for a case or a project, you don’t have to pay any commission. You pay a commission only for the fee related to the Online Consultation provided, for the fee collected through the platform, and such commission covers the cost of bank fees, the payment processor and the computer support used.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the WOLEP Network?
The W.O.L.E.P. Network - “World Online Lawyers with Excellent Practice” is an international community of lawyers who have adhered to the Vision, Mission and Values of the Network as they are presented publicly. Only lawyers who have the right to practice law according to the law of the country where they normally practice law can join the Network.
2. What are my obligations if I join the W.O.L.E.P.?
As a member of the W.O.L.E.P. Network you undertake to observe the Values of the network, to contribute to the success of the Mission of the network and you agree with its Vision.
The W.O.L.E.P. Network is a community of lawyers who have a high standard of legal practice, who appreciate professional cooperation and who want to access the market for legal services on the Internet. Obligations of lawyers who have joined the W.O.L.E.P. Network are in the category of those who define the professionalism of lawyers and their ethical collegial conduct.
3. What are my rights if I join the W.O.L.E.P. Network?
Any member of the W.O.L.E.P. Network has the right to make full use of the infrastructure and tools made available to the Network by the Wolep.com website.
4. Do I have to pay a fee to be a member of the W.O.L.E.P. Network or to use the Wolep.com platform?
Members of the W.O.L.E.P. Network do not have to pay an annual fee just to join the network and have a Profile Page on Wolep.com.
At this time, lawyers who have joined the W.O.L.E.P. Network do not pay an “annual membership fee” or “usage fee” for the Wolep.com platform, as there are no monthly expenses to be borne by the Network for the benefit of these members. The network is in the process of being set up.
From the perspective of the internet law services market, the network's Mission is to be relevant, a real option for Clients who need law services and who are looking for such services on the internet.
We appreciate that in order to be relevant, to represent a real option in choosing a lawyer, Clients looking for lawyer services on the internet should find on the Wolep.com platform at least 20 lawyers from a country.
Only after at least 20 lawyers from one country are registered on the Wolep.com platform, we will be able to start the promotion campaigns on Google Ads and Facebook, etc. in order to attract Clients for the benefit of those lawyers and only then will there be expenses. That is the time when lawyers who have joined the Network should pay a membership fee.
Until then, it is not necessary for Lawyers joining the W.O.L.E.P. Network to pay a "membership fee" or a "platform usage fee".
The value of the "membership fee" or the "platform usage fee" for a lawyer is 1000 Euro / year. In the case of law firms, the amount of the fee is reduced depending on the number of lawyers.
Lawyers who will get involved and join the Network, since the establishment of the network, will benefit from a 50% discount on the "user fee - membership fee" for the first year.
5. Can joining the W.O.L.E.P. Network attract incompatibilities or situations specific to the "conflict of interest" for lawyers who are part of the Network?
Lawyers joining the W.O.L.E.P. Network do not share data or information related to professional secrecy. In fact, maintaining professional secrecy is a Value for lawyers in the W.O.L.E.P. Network.
This is why joining the W.O.L.E.P. Network cannot lead to incompatibilities or “conflict of interest” situations for lawyers in the Network.
The WOLEP International Network of Lawyers includes Lawyers from all countries who specialise in all areas of law practice. The Lawyers in the WOLEP International Network of Lawyers have gone through a rigorous selection process and thus we ensure a high standard of legal practice.
Lawyers in the WOLEP International Network of Lawyers are dedicated to Clients and, in order to be closer to them, when Clients need their services, they have chosen to provide their services also through video-audio or written Online Legal Consultations.
The access to the legal services for the Clients of the WOLEP International Network of Lawyers is straightforward, and the Client-Lawyer professional relationship is completely honest.
If you are a new Client, it is enough to choose the Lawyer who has the practice area suitable for your case and who practices the legal profession in your country or region, and you will benefit from legal services at a high level of professionalism.
Congratulations on your choice!
The WOLEP Team