About HotDocs

Document Assembly Began in Utah

The origins of HotDocs software date back to the late 1970s. Back then, a pioneering research project at Brigham Young University Law School used computers to create legal documents. This, the first known document assembly project, led to the development of a PC-based tool for creating "automated practice systems." In 1987, the project spawned the creation of Capsoft Development to continue the work and commercialize the technology. In 1993, Capsoft launched version 1 of HotDocs, which quickly became the company’s flagship product.

In October 1997, Capsoft Development was acquired by Matthew Bender & Company, a legal publisher with 20 offices worldwide. In 1998, Matthew Bender was acquired by Reed Elsevier Inc. and became part of the LexisNexis Group. During the LexisNexis years, what began as Capsoft Development became known as the HotDocs business unit. In November of 2009 the HotDocs business unit was purchased by Capsoft UK, the largest distributor of HotDocs technology outside the United States. Capsoft UK has since been renamed HotDocs Limited.

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Today HotDocs Is the Global Industry Leader

With over 1,000,000 users worldwide – including 80% of the AmLaw 200, 20% of the Fortune 500, and enterprises and agencies of all sizes – HotDocs is now the recognized global leader in the document automation software industry. It has also won virtually every industry award – including Law Office Computing Reader’s Choice Award for Document Assembly and the TechnoLawyer Reader’s Choice Award for Document Assembly and Automation.