Scam alert: Document
There are a lot
of places out there who advertise that they
will prepare documents for you to do your
own divorce, bankruptcy, or some other legal
proceeding. These companies advertise that
they are cheeper than going to an attorney
and will save you money. They are a scam.
The way they work is to charge you a
couple of hundred dollars (in the case of a
recent client of mine $800) to give you the
forms which you have to fill out yourself.
Then they type it for you. The forms can be
obtained for free from most courts, and it
doesn't cost hundreds of dollars for someone
to type your information.
The big problem is these services are
not attorneys, and if you use one, unless
you know the law already (and if that's the
case, you wouldn't need the service) you
don't know what to do after the forms are
filed and still wind up going to an
attorney. The only difference is that by
that point things will be such a mess that
it will cost you more to get out of it than
if you went to an attorney in the first
If you have a legal problem, consult an
attorney. Never try to do it yourself. If
you make a mistake, it not only makes things
worse it costs you more in the long run.