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Richard Granat
Works at Center for Law Practice Technology
Attended Lehigh University, Columbia Law School, University of PA
Lives in Maryland and Florida
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  • Lehigh University, Columbia Law School, University of PA
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law that you can afford
Introduction
I am interested in the intersection of the Web and the delivery of legal services and the way in which the Internet can increase access to the legal system for those who cannot afford traditional legal representation.

I created the first virtual law firm in Maryland in 2003 at MDFAMILYLAW.COM which helps pro se litigants represent themselves in their own divorce and other family law actions. This award winning web site is the core technology for DirectLaw company which provides a virtual law firm platform to other solos and small law firms.

We also run SmartLegalForms, Inc. at www.smartlegalforms.com and LawMediaLabs, an incubator for legal start-ups.
Bragging rights
Received ABA Louis Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation in the Delivery of Legal Services
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Virtual attorney, entrepreneur, teacher,
Employment
  • Center for Law Practice Technology
    Co-Director, 2013 - present
    CO-Director- distant learning program in legal technology - project with Florida Coastal School of Law
  • SmartLegalForms, Inc.
    CEO/Founder, 1998 - present
    CEO- automated legal forms web site.
  • DirectLaw, Inc.
    CEO/Founder, 2009 - present
    CEO -Virtual Law firm platform for solos and small law firms.
  • LawMediaLabs, Inc.
    CEO/Founder, 2013 - present
    CEO- Incubator for legal start-ups.
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Currently
Maryland and Florida
Previously
New York City and New Rochelle, NY - Columbia, MD, Bryn Mawr, PA, Potomic, Md, Coral Gables, Fl, Owings Mills, MD

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Prices for common legal services are going down because of over supply. The real poblem is engagement -- getting consumers to want to use lawyers and understand when they can be useful. As lawyer fees go down, a non lawyer class of professionals serving the public directly makes less sense then it used to be. This nonlawyer movement is about 15 years too late. I used to be an advocate of this idea, ( around 1985), but times have changed.

Of course you could get law schools to train this new class of legal professionals, load them up with student loans, push them into an overly saturated market where they can't make a living sufficient to pay off their loans and make their lives miserable also. Another scam!
California is besotted with lawyers. One report claims there are at least 42 lawyers for every 10,000 residents. Why, there are so many lawyers that there are even families of them! I know some wit...
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Flying home from the grand opening of the LegalForce Store in Palo Alto. A real experiment in a click and mortar approach for legal services.. Only time will tell if it works.
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blog post:@SCBAR rules that @justanswer is not ethically compliant and South Carolina lawyers should not participate. ow.ly/dgaR6
Just Answer is a question and answer platform that provides answers to users questions for a flat fee of approximately $30.00 per question. It turns o
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:  Serving Justice With Conversational Law http://ow.ly/d7VoG 
David R. Johnson, a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Information Law and Policy and New York Law School, has written a new thought piece for th
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Here comes change to legal education- maybe?
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Thank you for sharing this, +Richard Granat!
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Nikki Black has the same concerns that I do.
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New Blog Post: What Lawyers Need to Know About Lead Generation Web sites http://buff.ly/POMYhW 
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blog post:@SCBAR rules that @justanswer is not ethically compliant and South Carolina lawyers should not participate. ow.ly/dgaR6
Just Answer is a question and answer platform that provides answers to users questions for a flat fee of approximately $30.00 per question. It turns o
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New blog post on the failed LegalZoom IPO
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Ethics becoming a hot topic as law firms deliver legal services online.
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Rozman Legal Group sues @LegalZoom for ethical infractions. See blog post at http://ow.ly/biqY8 
Rozman Legal Group, P.C., a law firm that was formerly a member of the LegalZoom network of attorneys, recently filed a law suit against LegalZoom in
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This is a good deal for recent law school graduates who need to learn how to practice law.
 
Are you a May, 2012 law school graduate? Thinking of going solo? We now have 8 scholarships available to Solo Practice University! Go for it or share with the new graduates you know!
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