Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rocket Lawyer website

I've been answering questions for free on Rocket Lawyer for the past few months.

I noticed that they give away free forms.

I looked at their "Waiver of Service" for Divorce.  It will NOT work in the State of Texas.  It does not comply with the laws of the State of Texas.  No Texas judge will accept it.  Please do not use it.

I have not looked at their other divorce forms.

The have a form called Marital Property Division.  Normally we don't use this in Texas.  You will still need a form called Final Decree of Divorce for the Texas judge to sign.  Usually the property division is included in the FDofD - not a separate document - you are truly complicating something that is normally simple!

It appears that Rocket Lawyer is based out of California & their forms appear to be CA forms.  (I don't know this for sure because they are impossible for even me to contact & talk to a real human being! Again this makes me nervous.) Please don't use these forms without talking to an attorney first.  You might be wasting your time.    They appear to not be Texas approved forms!  They might be free - but they are not forms based on Texas laws. Judges like TX forms!

I have only been answering questions to point people in the right direction.

It seems that every answer is - hire an attorney!

The people that ask post questions are asking very complex legal questions that require a personal consultation.

I've said it before & I'll say it again--I don't do my own dental work.  I had breast cancer and I did not do my own surgery - I hired a cancer surgeon.

If you are getting a divorce with retirement benefits or home equity, this usually involves thousands of dollars.  Please don't try to do it yourself.  If you don't do the paperwork properly, you are only hurting yourself.  The judge cannot "fix" it later if you did not word the property division properly.

In an attempt to save money, you might be hurting yourself.  You might be trying to save $1,000 but you might be costing yourself $10,000!

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