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LEGAL BY DESIGN | Legal & Design Consultancy

LEGAL BY DESIGN | Legal & Design Consultancy

WHAT I DO

LEGAL SERVICES

ATTN: I am not currently in private practice, as I am focusing on teaching and other business ventures.

I founded my practice shortly after being called to the Ontario bar in 2016. I help clients strategize and navigate the regulatory landscape. I am an expert at anticipating potential pitfalls, identifying legal risks, and finding creative solutions to problems.

I love research and I diligently stay on top of legislative changes and industry developments that may affect my clients.

Pricing is provided with clarity and transparency at a flat fee rate or hourly rate. I accept crypto-currency as payment. My practice areas include:

• Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contracts
• Securities regulation, with a specialty in blockchain
• Drafting Whitepapers
• Anti-Money Laundering regulation
• Privacy
• Wills and Estate Planning, with a specialty in digital assets
• Trusts
• Tax
• Landlord/Tenant and commercial lease agreements
• Trademarks and Open Source Licences
• Notary services

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DESIGN PROJECTS

I use elements from the design world, such as user research, empathy, and experimentation to push past the obvious and get to breakthrough ideas. I also code in several languages and am proficient with design software. These skills, along with my legal training, have allowed me to work with multi-disciplinary teams to design systems and processes that reveal innovative solutions to legal and business problems. Some of the awards I have won include:

Insurance Application Bounty (Prize Winner), CryptoChicks Hackathon – 2018
• 3rd Place, Ontario Securities Commission RegHackTO – 2016 
• 2nd Place, Blockchain Canada Inaugural Summer Hackathon – 2016

I enjoy helping developers integrate regulatory requirements during the design process. Legal thinking and issue spotting are extremely useful during the journey mapping phase. This integration allows for comprehensive compliance. Designing user flows with regulatory requirements in mind helps developers deliver robust products, saving time and money.

SPEAKING & WORKSHOPS

I thrive on collaborating and learning from others, and I love to share my knowledge through lectures and public speaking. My talks focus on how change happens at the intersection of law, technology, and policy. I strive to articulate the challenges and opportunities from a systemic legal perspective. Some past events include:

 

• Presented at BlockHackTO: Hackathon and Conference, held at The DMZ at Ryerson University – Blockchain Start-up Law 101, November 2018.

• Panelist speaking on digital currency regulation – Women in Crypto, held at Shopify Toronto, June 2018.
• Panel moderator at BlockHackTO: Blockchain Hackathon and Conference, held at York University – Blockchain Regulation & Compliance, April 2018.
• Presented at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre – Critical Perspectives on the Blockchain, March 2018.
• Presented at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School – Legal Issues in Blockchain, March 2018.
• Delivered keynote on Blockchain Technology at Intrepid Law Conference, May 2017.

 

I am an Adjunct Professor at George Brown College‘s School of Computer Technology. I teach Laws and Regulations as part of Canada’s first college certificate program in Blockchain Development. In addition, I facilitate legal design thinking workshops. Showcasing how incorporating design methodologies into legal practice can aid in finding desirable solutions for clients.

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WHAT I DO

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LEGAL SERVICES

ATTN: I am not currently in private practice, as I am focusing on teaching and other business ventures.

I founded my practice shortly after being called to the Ontario bar in 2016. I help clients strategize and navigate the regulatory landscape. I am an expert at anticipating potential pitfalls, identifying legal risks, and finding creative solutions to problems.

I love research and I diligently stay on top of legislative changes and industry developments that may affect my clients. 

Pricing is provided with clarity and transparency at a flat fee rate or hourly rate. I accept crypto-currency as payment. My practice areas include:

• Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contracts
• Securities regulation, with a specialty in blockchain
• Drafting Whitepapers
• Anti-Money Laundering regulation
• Privacy
• Wills and Estate Planning, with a specialty in digital assets
• Trusts
• Tax
• Landlord/Tenant and commercial lease agreements
• Trademarks and Open Source Licences
• Notary services

LBDDesignProjectsIcon

DESIGN PROJECTS

I use elements from the design world, such as user research, empathy, and experimentation to push past the obvious and get to breakthrough ideas. I also code in several languages and am proficient with design software. These skills, along with my legal training, have allowed me to work with multi-disciplinary teams to design systems and processes that reveal innovative solutions to legal and business problems. Some of the awards I have won include:

Insurance Application Bounty (Prize Winner), CryptoChicks Hackathon – 2018
• 3rd Place, Ontario Securities Commission RegHackTO – 2016 
• 2nd Place, Blockchain Canada Inaugural Summer Hackathon – 2016

I enjoy helping developers integrate regulatory requirements during the design process. Legal thinking and issue spotting are extremely useful during the journey mapping phase, which allows for comprehensive compliance. The integration of legal requirements into user flow design helps developers deliver robust products, saving time and money.

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SPEAKING & WORKSHOPS

I thrive on collaborating and learning from others, and I love to share my knowledge through lectures and public speaking. My talks focus on how change happens at the intersection of law, technology, and policy. I strive to articulate the challenges and opportunities from a systemic legal perspective. Some past events include:

 

• Presented at BlockHackTO: Hackathon and Conference, held at The DMZ at Ryerson University – Blockchain Start-up Law 101, November 2018.

• Panelist speaking on digital currency regulation – Women in Crypto, held at Shopify Toronto, June 2018.
• Panel moderator at BlockHackTO: Blockchain Hackathon and Conference, held at York University – Blockchain Regulation & Compliance, April 2018.
• Presented at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre – Critical Perspectives on the Blockchain, March 2018.
• Presented at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School – Legal Issues in Blockchain, March 2018.
• Delivered keynote on Blockchain Technology at Intrepid Law Conference, May 2017.

 

I am an Adjunct Professor at George Brown College‘s School of Computer Technology. I teach Laws and Regulations as part of Canada’s first college certificate program in Blockchain Development. In addition, I facilitate legal design thinking workshops. Showcasing how incorporating design methodologies into legal practice can aid in finding desirable solutions for clients.

WORK

FEATURED PROJECTS

OM

I am the Co-Founder of Om Company, an online wills and estate planning platform that allows you to create up-to-date, and legally valid Will and Power of Attorney documents, also known as Emergency Care Plans, in less than 30 minutes. Om‘s software guides you through creating your own legal documents, so you can proactively protect yourself and your family. All of this is done in three easy steps.

Start by telling us some basic details such as your name, place of residence, and your marital status. Using this we will suggest the plan that fits your needs. After you select a plan that fits your needs, our software will guide you through filling out information about your beneficiaries, choice of executors, wishes for guardians if you have pets or kids, and other last wishes. Once you have completed your documents, follow the instructions page, which will guide you to review, print, and sign your documents to make it legally-binding. Om provides you with unlimited, life-time changes, so you can edit or update anytime. Om makes the process of drafting Wills and other legal documents simple for a simple price. Giving you peace of mind for you and your family.

Om Company has been accepted as a member of the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ), a tech incubator that focuses on building better legal solutions for consumers of legal services. LIZ is part of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson University, which is Canada’s top business incubator and the number one university-based incubator in the world.

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START PROUD

Start Proud facilitates the professional development of LGBTQA+ students as they transition from school to career. I had the pleasure of facilitating a Legal Design Thinking workshop on creativity in the legal profession at their Out On Bay Street Conference in Toronto. Participants were given an overview of the Design Thinking process and were asked to create user personas and empathy maps to develop creative solutions to a traditional Wills and Estates legal problems.

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JUNIPER: LONG ON LIFE

Juniper Life Insurance sponsored a very generous monetary bounty prize for an innovative Life Insurance Application at the CryptoChicks Hackathon. Our winning all-female team built a blockchain based web application as an extension to Juniper’s onboarding platform. We were able to automate the creation of an approved policy and record the details on an easily auditable blockchain. Our application also allows for beneficiaries of insurers to submit claims via the Juniper platform, which would automatically begin the verification process and payout.

Tokenizing individual casualty insurance policies and pooling risk assets facilitates transfers to reinsurers and eliminates insurance arbitrage. Disrupting the insurance model with a blockchain application that seamlessly transfers risk and disintermediates the insurance industry. Potentially creating a new asset class that could later be tranched. For details including links to the codebase visit the Devpost project site for Juniper: Long On Life.

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CONTRACT TUNE-UP

For a Legal Design Challenge, I revised the Terms and Conditions of software and service contracts to make them more transparent and clear. The contracts were  designed to be consistent with the open-source ethic, which is principled on peer production, with products such as source code, blueprints, and documentation freely available to the public

 

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OSC REGHACK

The Ontario Securities Commission held #RegHackTO, Canada’s first regulatory hackathon. Our team placed third with a RegTech portal that validates initial coin offerings (ICOs). The solution provides standardized data for comparing investment products in key areas such as returns and fees. It would also allow for real-time oversight by the regulators, including early detection of products that raise investor protection concerns. Participants were judged on creativity, product, and execution. The OSC produced a Whitepaper on insights on DLT that they gleaned from the event, in part from our solution.

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DIGIDEATH

Our team placed second, building a digital Will for the Blockchain Canada Summer hackathon. The product, which we named digideath, was built with Ethereum Smart Contracts. When the appropriate input is sent, the Smart Contract is able to distribute your digital assets in a predetermined manner upon your death. The digideath codebase can be found in this GitHub repository.

WORK

FEATURED PROJECTS

OM

I am the Co-Founder of Om Company, an online wills and estate planning platform that allows you to create up-to-date, and legally valid Will and Power of Attorney documents, also known as Emergency Care Plans, in less than 30 minutes. Om’s software guides you through creating your own legal documents, so you can proactively protect yourself and your family. All of this is done in three easy steps.

Start by telling us some basic details such as your name, place of residence, and your marital status. Using this we will suggest the plan that fits your needs. After you select a plan that fits your needs, our software will guide you through filling out information about your beneficiaries, choice of executors, wishes for guardians if you have pets or kids, and other last wishes. Once you have completed your documents, follow the instructions page, which will guide you to review, print, and sign your documents to make it legally-binding. Om provides you with unlimited, life-time changes, so you can edit or update anytime. Om makes the process of drafting Wills and other legal documents simple for a simple price. Giving you peace of mind for you and your family.

Om Company has been accepted as a member of the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ), a tech incubator that focuses on building better legal solutions for consumers of legal services. LIZ is part of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson University, which is Canada’s top business incubator and the number one university-based incubator in the world.

StartProud

START PROUD

Start Proud facilitates the professional development of LGBTQA+ students as they transition from school to career. I had the pleasure of facilitating a Legal Design Thinking workshop on creativity in the legal profession at their Out On Bay Street Conference in Toronto. Participants were given an overview of the Design Thinking process and were asked to create user personas and empathy maps to develop creative solutions to a traditional Wills and Estates legal problems.

Juniper Mockup1 1

JUNIPER: LONG ON LIFE

Juniper Life Insurance sponsored a very generous monetary bounty prize for an innovative Life Insurance Application at the CryptoChicks Hackathon. Our winning all-female team built a blockchain based web application as an extension to Juniper’s onboarding platform. We were able to automate the creation of an approved policy and record the details on an easily auditable blockchain. Our application also allows for beneficiaries of insurers to submit claims via the Juniper platform, which would automatically begin the verification process and payout.

Tokenizing individual casualty insurance policies and pooling risk assets facilitates transfers to reinsurers and eliminates insurance arbitrage. Disrupting the insurance model with a blockchain application that seamlessly transfers risk and disintermediates the insurance industry. Potentially creating a new asset class that could later be tranched. For details including links to the codebase visit the Devpost project site for Juniper: Long On Life.

Feature1-Legal_Design_Thinking_Chalenge-illustration by Mark Smith

CONTRACT TUNE-UP

For a Legal Design Challenge, I revised the Terms and Conditions of software and service contracts to make them more transparent and clear. The contracts were  designed to be consistent with the open-source ethic, which is principled on peer production, with products such as source code, blueprints, and documentation freely available to the public

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OSC REGHACK

The Ontario Securities Commission held #RegHackTO, Canada’s first regulatory hackathon. Our team placed third with a RegTech portal that validates initial coin offerings (ICOs). The solution provides standardized data for comparing investment products in key areas such as returns and fees. It would also allow for real-time oversight by the regulators, including early detection of products that raise investor protection concerns. Participants were judged on creativity, product, and execution. The OSC produced a Whitepaper on insights on DLT that they gleaned from the event, in part from our solution.

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DIGIDEATH

Our team placed second, building a digital Will for the Blockchain Canada Summer hackathon. The product, which we named digideath, was built with Ethereum Smart Contracts. When the appropriate input is sent, the Smart Contract is able to distribute your digital assets in a predetermined manner upon your death. The digideath codebase can be found in this GitHub repository.

WHO I AM

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NÉLIA TEIXEIRA J.D.

FOUNDER

 

 

NÉLIA TEIXEIRA J.D.

FOUNDER

 

I am a lawyer, educator, and entrepreneur.

I am a dedicated advocate and legal strategist who is passionate about technology, design, and innovation. I am the Co-Founder of Om Company, an online Wills and Estate Planning platform, presently in-residence at the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ). In addition, I am an Adjunct Professor at George Brown College, teaching Laws and Regulations as part of the Blockchain Development Program.

Prior to being called to the bar in 2016, I was a Student-at-Law with  Tangerine Bank. I received my Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in International Studies from York University’s bilingual Glendon College. I worked in the nonprofit sector in Canada and abroad prior to attending law school. 

My legal practice is located in Toronto, ON. Some of my practice areas are Regulatory Compliance and Wills and Estate planning. I am a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association. My key competencies include commercial awareness, business acumen, and analytical research skills. 

My legal design thinking consultancy applies to a wide range of practice areas. However, I have a special interest in blockchain, fin-tech, and legal-tech. I am fascinated by complex systems, and understanding how change happens. I am an avid proponent of interdisciplinary research and teamwork, and I use this approach to understand opportunities and challenges from a systemic perspective. 

I am a lawyer, educator, and entrepreneur.

I am a dedicated advocate and legal strategist who is passionate about technology, design, and innovation. I am the Co-Founder of Om Company, an online Wills and Estate Planning platform, presently in-residence at the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ). In addition, I am an Adjunct Professor at George Brown College, teaching Laws and Regulations as part of the Blockchain Development Program.

Prior to being called to the bar in 2016, I was a Student-at-Law with  Tangerine Bank. I received my Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in International Studies from York University’s bilingual Glendon College. I worked in the nonprofit sector in Canada and abroad prior to attending law school.

My legal practice is located in Toronto, ON. Some of my practice areas are Regulatory Compliance and Wills and Estate planning. I am a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association. My key competencies include commercial awareness, business acumen, and analytical research skills.

My legal design thinking consultancy applies to a wide range of practice areas. However, I have a special interest in blockchain, fin-tech, and legal-tech. I am fascinated by complex systems, and understanding how change happens. I am an avid proponent of interdisciplinary research and teamwork, and I use this approach to understand opportunities and challenges from a systemic perspective.

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