Why Divorce Online is better than Do- It -Yourself

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Would you pay £450 + vat for someone to simply deal with your divorce papers?

That is to take your instructions, draft your papers and then file them at court for you and nothing else.

That is what most Solicitors are charging for dealing with an undefended divorce these days.

When I challenged one (un named) Solicitor recently at a local business event to justify that fee, I received  a rant about expertise, overheads, regulation and  consumer protection.

£450 + vat for telling someone to leave a paragraph in their petition?

When I pointed out to him that his secretary actually drafted the paperwork from a precedent and all he in fact did for that fee was to sign the petition and a few letters thereafter he got very defensive and admitted it was all about overheads.

“We simply cannot compete with you guys, with our office expenses, secretaries, support staff etc”.

Therein lies the root of the problems facing the High Street Solicitor today.

They use a 19th Century business model which is rapidly being eaten away by the use of technology and firms such as ours thinking out of the box to provide services more efficiently and much cheaper than can be delivered by the High Street.

The proposed cuts in legal aid will cause more people to DIY but would lawyers rather people came to someone like us who have been undertaking diy divorce for over a decade and who can give basic assistance for very little money or for the consumer to try and do it themselves and clog up the courts with errors and delay?

This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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