Many People Choose Handling Their Own Divorce Over Paying Lawyers Thousands of Dollars: Missouri Legal Solutions Offers a New Alternative

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There are online options that enable people to do virtually all of the paperwork for uncontested divorces themselves. Because these are document companies and not law firms, there is no legal representation. They only provide a set of document templates (that may not be accepted by many Missouri Courts) and some automated word processing. Missouri Legal Solutions shows clients step by step how to complete and file the approved documents. Then, the documents are reviewed by a real lawyer before they are submitted to the Court.

moving away from the traditional model of securing a large retainer and chipping away at it by billing everything in tenths of an hour segments, makes Missouri Legal Solutions more like other modern businesses.

Not long ago, attorneys were reluctant to offer discrete legal services (also known as limited scope legal representation) for fear of malpractice claims. But changes in Missouri law that were adopted on December 21, 2007 and finalized on July1, 2008 have drug the legal profession (some kicking and screaming) into the realities of the twenty-first century. Missouri Legal Solutions takes advantage of these rule changes by offering “unbundled” legal services. Providing discrete legal services helps clients save money and actively participate in their own cases by doing some of the work themselves secure in the knowledge that professional help is there when they need it. Their revolutionary approach that combines step by step videos with real time one on one consultation is destined to change the way people work with their attorneys.

According to the founder, Rick Massey, “Moving away from the traditional model of securing a large retainer and chipping away at it by billing everything in tenths of an hour segments, makes Missouri Legal Solutions more like other modern businesses.” Clients hate paying lawyers for basic tasks such as word processing and making copies even if those tasks are billed at “lower” paralegal rates north of $75 per hour. But in many cases, clients are never offered the choice. They need legal advice to help them make basic decisions and to make sure they aren’t leaving out something really big and really important. Why should they have to choose between downloading a bunch of legal forms and hoping they did everything right, and paying an expensive law firm to do it all?

Some online companies have automated the paperwork and will provide customers with a complete set of documents to sign and file with the Court for less than $300. Like most things that seem too good to be true, this approach has its drawbacks. For example, even though these companies typically advertise that they are “with you” throughout the process so you “don’t have to do it alone”, this is not exactly true. Because these are document companies and not law firms, there is no legal representation. You are in fact doing it alone. There is no opportunity in this process to consult with a lawyer or to get legal review before you file the documents. These companies are low-cost, but they only provide a set of document templates (that may not be accepted by many Missouri Courts) and some automated word processing.

In Missouri, no one has to buy the forms from one of these companies. The Missouri Supreme Court has made templates of the approved documents available to the public free of charge. The free templates are automated and relatively easy to complete. However, the issues can still be complex. And guessing at the best way to answer is a risky proposition. Many family law practitioners are still upset about the Court’s recent decision to make these forms available to the public for free. They fear that people will take the forms, avoid obtaining any legal advice, and create very expensive and long-lasting problems for themselves. Those fears are well founded. No doubt some will do exactly that. But it isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money to avoid that risk. Missouri Legal Solutions offers an excellent and practical alternative. Clients consult with an attorney at no cost to determine if they are well suited for self-representation and whether that approach is right for their specific situation. If the decision is made to go forward, the Client completes the forms while following a detailed step by step video. The completed forms are then forwarded to the attorney for review before they are filed with the Court. The client saves a lot of money by dong much of the work, and avoids the risk of flying solo without legal consultation.

The practice of law is a profession and a business. The time has come for lawyers to follow the example of the rest of the modern business world. They must adapt to the changing times and find ways to offer less expensive, more efficient, and more creative ways to serve their clients.

For more information, visit the website or call Missouri Legal Solutions (314-219-4110)

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