The world of document automation has grown up a lot over the past few years. Each day, more law firms and corporate legal departments figure out ways to improve efficiency and draft smarter, better documents using automation. For example, many of our clients here at Brightleaf use our platform to draft corporate formation documents, employment agreements and venture capital financing documents. Each of these documents and document sets has components that are straightforward and routine – where the answers are yes or no, or a choice of A, B or C. And we’ll be honest, it’s not that hard to create technology that can handle questions like that.

But what if some of your documents require a choice between A, B or C and others require a choice between A, B or X? Or if, in certain instances when you choose option B, you also need to add a clause that says Y? And what if that clause Y varies depending on which client you’re working with? That’s where things can get tricky. And that’s why Brightleaf features what we call multi-modal drafting.

That may sound complicated, but here’s what it really is: you get to draft your documents by answering a questionnaire OR by revising language right in the document. So you get the best of both worlds – the efficiency of automation and the flexibility and precision of working directly in Word. And the result is that you can accommodate certain clients’ preferences, requests for changes from lawyers on the other side of a transaction, and facts that are unique to the document you’re working on.

Features like this are the result of years of working with attorneys who draft these documents every day. And it shows – especially when you’re down to arguing over those last three words in your indemnification provision.