By: Farrah Rajan
Walmart has brokered a deal with Axess Law to provide legal services in select Walmart locations. The founders of Axess Law are hoping to promote access to justice by alleviating the fear people have of consulting a lawyer. They provide a walk-in service for a small number of matters that they deal with on-site and refer matters out of their scope to other firms. With this business model, they are able to offer affordable rates and provide service in the evenings and on the weekends.
While some people may be hesitant to seek the services of a lawyer at their local Walmart, the lawyers at Axess Law are still governed by the Law Society Act and must conduct themselves accordingly. Customers buy groceries, electronics and toys from Walmart and don’t expect the items to be potentially unsafe, so why should legal services be any different? Also, Walmart already offers a number of speciality resources that require licensed staff such as pharmacy, vision, and vehicle maintenance services that contribute to their overall success.
Promoting access to justice should be a fundamental goal for all legal professionals in order to maintain the integrity of our legal system. I commend Axess Law for this endeavour and hope to see them expand their offerings in the future.
On an extremely biased side note, adding licensed paralegals to their practice would be a phenomenal step forward.