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Richard S. Granat

Richard S. Granat

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  • Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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I run a virtual law firm in Maryland for pro se litigants in family law. 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 committed to the concept of the low cost divorce - the divorce that doesn't break your bank.

I was previous 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 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.

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
  • Free Consultation
    We provide free legal advice on family law matters but only by email. We charge a $50.00 fee for a telephone consultation.
  • 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
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  • English: Spoken, Written
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
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Columbia School of Law, Columbia University
J.D. (1965) | Research Assistant to Professor Marvin E. Frankel
Honors: Harlen Fiske Stone Scholar
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Lehigh University
B.A. in Philosophy (1962)
Honors: Graduated with Honors
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Louis M. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award
American Bar Association
Awarded for recognition of innovation in providing legal services to people of moderate incomes.
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member of the Law Practice Management Division Council
- Current
Activities: Member of the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
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Articles & Publications
What You Need to Know About Getting a Divorce
Granat Legal Services, LLC
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Granat Legal Services, L.L.C.
550 M Ritchie Highway
Suite 220
Serverna Park, MD 21146
Telephone: (410) 204-4859
Cell: (561) 214-1306
Fax: (888) 592-9907
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