Maryland Family Lawyer (Granat Legal Services, P.C.).

Maryland Family Lawyer (Granat Legal Services, P.C.).

Finally - A Divorce You Can Afford. Use our online tools to keep legal costs reasonable and affordable. Check out our free legal advice on divorce matters by email on our web site at: www.mdfamilylawyer.com

Firm Overview

We were established in 2000 as Maryland's first virtual law firm in divorce and family law matters.

Our focus is no-fault divorce, marital separation agreements, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), plus wills, powers of attorney and other common family law matters all delivered over the Internet..
• No hourly fees -- every service at a fixed price.
• Reliable and fast turnaround using Internet technology.
• Legal Advice + Legal Forms = A Complete Legal Service.
• Low in Cost - Slightly more than you pay a legal document preparation company - which offers little value for the price you are paying.
• All of the protections afforded by dealing with a licensed attorney - confidentiality and security; accountability; conflicts of interest checks; and regulated by the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

There was a time when you only had two choices to get a divorce in Maryland:

(1) retain a full-service lawyer and pay considerable, up-front costs and hourly fees, plus engage in a conflict-oriented process that eats up your dollars and tears you apart emotionally, or

(2) purchase forms from a non-lawyer document preparation or legal forms company, such as www.legalzoom.com, and pray that you are doing the right thing.

Now there is a third way. We offer a new way for you to get a divorce. It involves no conflict and no expensive legal fees -- represent yourself in a no-fault divorce, but with lawyer assistance, plus all of our services are delivered over the Internet for a fixed price.

We are the law firm that provides legal services that you can afford and at your convenience.

We assist you throughout the divorce process and offer you the following services over the Internet:
• preparation of your state-specific Maryland or District of Columbia Divorce and/or Marital Separation Agreement forms and other related documents;
• legal advice from a licensed Maryland and District of Columbia family law attorney included in one flat fee; and
• guidance on how to represent yourself in court, and how to avoid any crucial mistakes.
Example cases Our typical case is a couple who can resolve their issues either directly, or with mediation. Once all issues in a divorce case are resolved, the parties can file their own documents as they have an uncontested divorce. Rather then spending thousands of dollars in legal fees, the couple spends only a few hundred. As a result the couple has more resources to deal with the emotional and financial consequences of divorce. This is particularly true if they have children.

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Main Office
Serving Maryland Residents Statewide Online
9141 Reisterstown Road, Suite 43
Owings Mills  MD  21117-4503
Phone
  • (561) 622-9971
Fax
  • (888) 592-9907
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
We offer free legal advice online by email on our Web Site.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We only charge a fixed price for our services.Here is a sample of our pricing for completely prepared forms with legal advice:


No-Fault Divorce Documents Based on a One or Two Year Separation with a Marital Settlement Agreement with Children (DC or MD) $349.00

No-Fault Divorce Documents Based on a One or Two Year Separation with a Marital Settlement Agreement without Children (DC or MD) $299.00

No-Fault Divorce Documents Based on a One or Two Year Separation without a Marital Settlement Agreement with Children (DC or MD) $299.00

No-Fault Divorce Documents Based on a One or Two Year Separation without a Marital Settlement Agreement without Children (DC or MD) $199.00

Mutual Consent Divorce (No Children) No One Year Waiting Period or Living Apart. Requires a Marital Separation Agreement. - $299.00.
Premarital Agreement (DC or MD) $149.00

Maryland Settlement/Separation Agreement (DC or MD) $199.00

Living Together Agreement (Share Property) $99.00

Name Change of a Minor $149.00

Name Change of an Adult $129.00
Hourly Rates
We do not charge by the hour. Fixed Fees Only.

Office Information

Office Hours
We are a virtual law firm and serve clients throughout the State of MD
We are available by email 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Office Manager
Lynette
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
No.
Divorce
We focus our practice on family law matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia helping pro se litigants represented themselves.
We were the first virtual law firm in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. As a virtual law firm all of our legal services are provided online for a fixed fee.

We offer legal forms bundled with legal advice for an affordable fee that is often less than you would pay just a legal forms provider such as LegalZoom.

We also have a dedicated web site in the State of Maryland that offers Last Wills,Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills for a fixed fee with legal advice included. See: http://www.granatwills.com

Our Maryland virtual law firm web site is located at http://www.mdfamilylawyer.com.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I decided to focus my work in family law when I witnessed many of my friends getting divorced and spending from $5,000-$15,000 on legal fees when they could not afford it. In my opinion, it would be better if they used these funds to get on with their lives and to invest in their children's future, rather than pay excessive legal fees. In some cases, the cost of full service representation is justified. But in many cases, a satisfactory result for both parties can be achieved by spending much less. I wanted to create an alternative law practice that would make getting divorced affordable for those individuals capable of taking advantage of the approaches we offer.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The focus of our law firm is helping people to help themselves. We believe that clients are capable of educating themselves on the issues involved in a divorce, and that many couples can resolve their outstanding issues with the correct legal information and advice. One of my passions is figuring out how to help people divorce peacefully and get on with their lives, without spending thousands of dollars on legal fees. If you have children, the money is better spent on your children rather than on legal fees, if you can avoid it.

I am also intrigued by the potential of the Internet as a means to lower the cost of legal services and for demonstrating new ways to offer legal services. In 1998, during the early days of the Internet, I established Granat Legal Services, P.C., to demonstrate the concept of a law firm on the web, or a "virtual law firm". A virtual law firm is one which offers legal services in domestic relations matters at a price that people of moderate and middle income can afford.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Document Review is one of core services. We are able to review documents prepared by clients quickly and affordably using our Internet-based technologies.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We provide court coaching services for a fixed price.

Richard Granat

• the Coordinator of a pro se project on self-help representation in family law matters at the University of Maryland Law School Clinical Program. This is where I learned about the power of self-help, and I maintain this site for others who are interested in this important movement

• the Founder of the People's Law Library of Maryland. This was the first state-wide fee legal information source for consumers. This project taught me about the power of the Web to change people's lives through the provision of legal information.

Dean and President, Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training - the nation's first school of paralegal training.

Director, Center for Legal Studies, Antioch School of Law, - the nation's first clinical law school.

Counsel, National Legal Services Program, U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity.I spent two years working as a supervisor to law students in the Maryland court system helping thousands of pro se litigants represent themselves in family law matters. This taught me that people want to resolve their conflicts and get on with their lives with a minimum of stress and expense. This experience taught me that there is a huge market of individuals who are not served well by the legal profession. Often people came to us after they had spent thousands of dollars in legal fees without getting the result that they needed and wanted.Our goal is to listen carefully to your concerns and help you to figure out how to secure a divorce for the least possible cost, without compromising your rights.

We are different from a typical family law firm because:


-We offer fixed fee services on-line;
-We offer affordable services;
-We are Maryland's first virtual online law firm;

Awards:
ABA Journal - Legal Rebel -2009
ABA Louis M Brown Lifetime Achievement
Award for Legal Access - 2010
ABA Keane Award for Excellence
in eLawyering - 2013
ABA Keane Award for Excellence
in eLawyering - 2013
License
  • Bar Number: 6610010025
    Maryland , 1966
  • Bar Number: 964965
    District of Columbia , 1968
Education
  • Columbia School of Law, Columbia University
    J.D. , 1965
    New York, NY
    Research Assistant to Professor Marvin E. Frankel
  • University of Pennsylvania
    M.S. on Organizational Development and Technology , 1990
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Lehigh University
    B.A. in Philosophy , 1962
    Bethlehem, PA

Richard S. Granat

Welcome to Maryland Family Lawyer (Granat Legal Services, P.C.), - the Maryland online divorce law firm that provides affordable legal services for a fixed fee in Maryland.

One of my passions is figuring out how to help people divorce peacefully and get on with their lives, without spending thousands of dollars on legal fees. If you have children, the money is better spent on your children rather than on legal fees, if you can avoid it.

I am also intrigued by the potential of the Internet as a means to lower the cost of legal services and for demonstrating new ways to offer legal services. In 2001, I established Granat Legal Services, P.C., as the first online Maryland divorce law firm, to demonstrate the concept of a law firm that delivers legal services over the Internet for couples seeking an affordable divorce.

Practicing law this way enables me to serve clients in a cost effective way, and at the same time I am able to split my time between Maryland and Florida, where I live most of the year.

Relevant Professional Background and Credentials

I am the author of "How to Do Your Own Divorce in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia," and "Divorce: A Do-It-Yourself Manual For Marylanders." I am also a member of the Maryland Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

I served as Co-Chair of the ELawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, whose mission is to help lawyers deliver legal affordable legal services over the Internet to clients of moderate income. I am also a liaison member of the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services of the ABA., which is concerned with developing new methods of delivering legal services to people of moderate means. I am Co-Author of the Best Practice Guidelines for Legal Information Web Site Providers which were adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in February 2003.

I am a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, (J.D.); University of Pennsylvania, (M.S.); and Lehigh University, (B.A.).
-a member of the core group that started the Civil Justice Network of Maryland.
-Member of the Board of Directors of Responsive Law - the leading organization advocating for the consumer's voice in the legal system.
-Winner - FastCase50
-Winner- 2013 -ABA James I Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Legal Services.
-Winner- 2010- ABA Louis M. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Access
License
  • Bar Number: 6610010025
    Maryland , 1966
  • Bar Number: 964965
    District of Columbia , 1970
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law
    J.D. with Honors
  • Lehigh University
    B,.A. with Honors
  • University of Pennsylvania
    M.S. in Organizational Development
    Graduated With Honors

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