Richard S. Granat

Richard S. Granat

  • Civil Rights, Divorce, Elder Law...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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I run a virtual law firm in Maryland and the District of Columbia from my home in Palm Beach Gardens Florida by email and telephone for pro se litigants in family law. (I am a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar) 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 very interested in the potential the role that the role that Internet technology can have in making legal services affordable.

I am presently 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 and serve on the Law Practice Management Council. 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.

In addition, I have been:

* the Coordinator of a pro se project on self-help representation in family law matters. See research on pro se representation at 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 project taught me about the power of the Web to change peoples lives through the provision of legal information.
* a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, (and a member of the Family Law Section for both), and the District of Columbia Bar Association. I am a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D.); the University of Pennsylvania, (M.S.); and Lehigh University. (B.A.).
* a member of the core group that started the Civil Justice Network of Maryland.

I have the same wife for 46 years, 4 children, and 5 grandchildren, all of which keeps me busy in my spare time.

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Divorce
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    VISA, American Express, MAstercard
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fixed prices for all services. See web site.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
Professional Experience
DirectLaw, Inc.
Currently President and Founder of DirectLaaw, Inc., a software as a service company (SaaS) that enables law firms to create a virtual presence on the Internet and to deliver legal services online.
University of Pennsylvania
M.S. on Organizational Development and Technology (1990)
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Columbia School of Law, Columbia University
J.D. (1965) | Research Assistant to Professor Marvin E. Frankel
Honors: Harlen Fiske Stone Scholar
Lehigh University
B.A. in Philosophy (1962)
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Websites & Blogs
eLawyering Blog
Social Media
Contact & Map
9141 Reisterstown Road
Suite 43
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Telephone: (301) 760-7961
Fax: (561) 828-5812
1629 K Street, N.W.
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 609-9836