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Nolo is Acquired by Internet Brands as Part of Legal Roll Up

Posted in DirectLaw Law Firms, Document Automation, LegalZoom, Marketing On-Line Legal Services, Pro Se, Public Sector eLawyering, Self-Help Law, Unbundled Legal Services, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
After 40 years of leading the self-help law movement, Nolo, is being acquired by Internet Brands an advertising driven Internet company. Nolo was created by two frustrated legal aid lawyers, Charles (Ed) Sherman and Ralph (Jake) Warner, who wanted to figure out a way to help the thousands of consumers with their legal problems who … Continue Reading

The Law Wizard – from Great Britain

Posted in Document Automation, Pro Se, Public Sector eLawyering, Self-Help Law, Web Legal Advisors, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
I discovered an interesting web site called The Law Wizard,  still in beta, for pro se parties doing their own probate, in the United Kingdom.  The site promises to offer a unique package of online interactive tools, guides and videos. The Probate Wizard is initially designed for individuals who want to probate their own estates, … Continue Reading

Increase in Self-Help Divorce in Detroit; Calibre Law Offers Limited Legal Services for Divorcing Couples

Posted in Pro Se, Self-Help Law, Unbundled Legal Services
Detroit News just published an article on the decrease in divorces because of the recession – a national trend, and an increase in pro se divorces in Detroit, also a national trend. The article discussed the possibility that law firms could offer "unbundled legal services" as a way of reducing the cost of divorce, but … Continue Reading

We the People Files for Chapter 11: Another Casualty of the Internet

Posted in Competition, Law Firm Productivity, LegalZoom, Pro Se, Self-Help Law, Unauthorized Practice of Law
Last Friday, We The People USA, , the legal document preparation company that operates through a network of franchisees,  voluntarily filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The company and its affiliate, We The People LLC, are subsidiaries of Dollar Financial Group, Inc.  While the companies apparently had $24 million in sales and 138 franchised locations in … Continue Reading

Chief Justices of New Hampshire and California Support the Concept of “Unbundled Legal Services”

Posted in Pro Se, Public Sector eLawyering, Self-Help Law, Unbundled Legal Services
Last week, in a New York Times Opinion article, entitled, A Nation of Do-It-Yourself Lawyers, Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr. of New Hampshire and Chief Justice Ronald M. George of California endorsed the concept of the legal profession offering "unbundled legal services" to the broad middle class. Recognizing that there is a large "justice … Continue Reading

The “Good Enough” Legal Solution

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, LegalZoom, Pro Se, Unbundled Legal Services, Virtual Law Firms, Virtual Law Practice, Web Legal Advisors, Web-Enabled Document Assembly
There has been some recent blog comments [See: Carolyn Elefant ‘s Blog  [about  the meaning of Robert Capps article  in this month’s WIRED Magazine, (September 2009) about the concept of "Good Enough",  "Good Enough" solutions, (when cheap and simple is just fine). , and my quote about how this concept applies to the legal profession. When … Continue Reading

LegalZoom.com Sued Over Trademark Filing Fees

Posted in eLawyering Ethical Issues, LegalZoom, Pro Se, Unauthorized Practice of Law
Apparently LegalZoom has been advertising to its customers that the trademark filing fee is $325.00, when it was actually $275.00,  an obvious misrepresentation. Apparently they have been doing this since 2005. This has resulted in a consumer class action suit to recover the $50.00 overcharge on behalf of all customers who have paid the higher … Continue Reading