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Google pushing free online legal service for startups

Leads $600k seed round and moves LawPivot into its HQ

Google Ventures has led a $600,000 seed investment in LawPivot, an online service aimed to provide free legal advice to digital startups.

LawPivot self-describes itself as "Quora for legal," offering a private, online Q&A system between young companies and registered lawyers - potentially a useful service for game startups seeking advice on investment and publishing deals.

Google is also moving the firm into its Startup Labs, part of its immense Californian campus.

VentureBeat reports that lawyers are prepared to offer their services (or at least some of them) for free due to declining effectiveness of traditional networking methods.

However, a payment system may be put in place down the line.

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