What We Do
SmartLegalForms, Inc., (originally Network Legal Solutions)was established in 2000 to provide people of moderate means effective access to the legal system. Our legal solutions include free legal information, smart legal forms for pro se litigants, some of which are free, and through our DirectLaw division, a virtual law firm platform that enables law firms to offer "unbundled legal services" for a fixed fee over the Internet.
In 1996, when the Internet was first beginning its growth, I created the People's Law Library of Maryland at the University of Maryland School of Law to provide free legal information over the Internet to Maryland’s residents. I also assisted in the development of a set of family law forms to be used in the Maryland court system by “pro se” (self-represented) parties. Again I witnessed the huge demand for legal support in the family law area as hundreds of individuals lined up at the local Maryland courts to get their forms and brief legal advice from law students.
These projects influenced the focus of our company as a vehicle for enabling
affordable access to the legal system. This continues to be the mission of our company today.
Three Ideas About the Delivery of Legal Services
Our experience has resulted in three insights that are reflected in the design of the
SmartLegalForms Web site:
(1) In certain situations, and depending on your personal capabilities, just having access to the correct legal form can yield a satisfactory or “good enough” result -- a way for you to resolve your legal problems without spending a fortune on legal fees;
(2) In many other situations, you would benefit from legal advice/guidance to select and use a legal form correctly; and
(3) In more complex and conflicted situations, you may need to be fully represented by an attorney.
This Web site will help you choose which of these alternatives suits you best, depending on your individual circumstances.
you can see your form being assembled instantly and you can save it as a
Word file or print out
immediately after assembly. You can revise your form and print it out
SmartLegalForms.com offers the two best, low-cost alternatives to solve a legal problem:
In 2009, we launched the first network of virtual law firms offering limited legal services for a fixed fee to support this business model. These law firms are powered by our DirectLaw virtual law firm platform, which was based on the my own experience in launching one of the first virtual law firms in the United States in 2003. Almost all of the lawyers who operate these law firms share our commitment of providing affordable access to the legal system.With 85% of moderate and middle-income individuals and families priced out of the legal market, there was, and is, an urgent need for developing new methods of delivering legal solutions that are transparent, affordable, and effective.
that the SmartLegalForms.com Web site provides you with legal solutions that you can
afford. We have a great team that most of whom have
worked for SmartLegalForms, Inc., for over ten years and dedicated to helping
people solve their legal problems at the lowest possible cost.
We hope that you will find that the SmartLegalForms.com Web site provides you with legal solutions that you can afford.