Legaltech startup known as LawGuide Singapore released a chatbot for Facebook Messenger. According to the startup firm, the chatbot will help the everyone who uses it to understand family and criminal law. How will the chatbot fare against our expectations? Let’s find out!
As the chatbot uses Facebook Messenger as its platform, you need to activate it by typing “Get Started.” The chatbot will introduce itself and ask you if you want to know more about family law or criminal law.
Let’s say you select family law, and the chatbot will ask you a series of questions. The questions can range from involvement in family law case, the current status of the case, if you are getting a divorce, and if you know that you can get one. You need to answer these questions with either a yes or a no. Depending on how you answer these questions, the chatbot will give you advice on how to proceed with the family law case. If you said yes to all the questions, the chatbot will ask you to pick from the following:
- Ancillary matters
- Types of divorce
If you select ancillary matters, the chatbot will ask you to pick from these options:
- Division of assets
- Paying maintenance
- Custody of children
Let’s say you select ‘Division of assets,’ the chatbot will find out if you are interested in matrimonial assets, how the assets are split, or court considerations. If you choose matrimonial assets, the chatbot will give you a brief description of what exactly comes under this category. The chatbot will also tell that the property you or your spouse acquired before you got married won’t fall under matrimonial assets. If you wish to know more about division of assets, you can ask the chatbot. If you want to speak to a human who will give you more details about matrimonial assets, you can select ‘Talk to us.’
If you happen to choose ‘How assets are split,’ the chatbot will give you a detailed explanation of how the court will be dividing the matrimonial assets between you and your spouse. The chatbot will also tell you how the contributions made between the both you will influence the splitting of assets. If you select ‘Court considerations,’ the chatbot will give you a complete description of all the factors that have a role to play in the division of matrimonial assets. The factors are contributions made for acquiring matrimonial assets and welfare of the family, debt, needs of your children, length of rent-free occupation, and support given to you or your spouse.
When you select ‘Paying maintenance,’ the chatbot will ask you if you know what it is and how much you have to pay to your spouse and children. If you are unaware of payment of maintenance, the chatbot will give you a detailed explanation of how your wife has the right to ask for maintenance. The chatbot will also inform you that Singaporean law dictates that you pay maintenance even if the marriage hasn’t come to an end.
Let’s say you wish to find out how much maintenance you should pay to your wife and children on a regular basis. The chatbot will give you a list of factors such as standard of living, financial needs, mental or physical disability, age, contributions, and conduct.
When you select ‘Types of Divorce,’ the chatbot will tell you that there are two types – contested and uncontested. You can find out the difference between these two types of divorce, when they occur, gray areas, and which one is better for you. Depending on what you select on Facebook Messenger, the chatbot will display information appropriately. For example, if you wish to know which type of divorce is better, the chatbot will give you a list of facts that will work in or against your favor.
Similarly, you can use the chatbot to find out about criminal law in Singapore. You need to answer a series of questions so that the chatbot knows the status of your case.
Overall, LawGuide Singapore Chatbot gives you the right amount of information regarding family and criminal law. Everything that you need to know about these types is explained properly by the chatbot. If you are finding it difficult to communicate with the chatbot or if it can’t provide answers for certain types of questions, you can talk to an actual lawyer. Even though the chatbot has a really good design, it doesn’t have natural language processing. As a result of this, the chatbot can only understand the keywords that it displays in the chat. Even if you type the keywords in the chat, it won’t be able to understand.
If you wish to give LawGuide Singapore Chatbot a shot, why don’t you head to Facebook Messenger?
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