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Saturday, October 2, 2010

The "60-Minute" Divorce for Under $500

A new version of a "New York minute", or just another sign of the times? A law firm in New York City is offering clients divorce in under an hour, and for less than $500, not including filing fees, courier expenses, and other fine print.

For the low fee, clients meet with a paralegal and lawyer at the NYC firm to provide their personal information.  The details of their settlement are also, briefly, discussed.

The clients are next provided a ten dollar gift certificate to either McDonald's or Starbucks to burn-up the last hour of their ill-fated marriage while the law office prepares the canned document package for a "one-size-fits-all" divorce.

You cannot have issues, however, or it will cost you extra. The basic premise is that the divorce has to be absolutely 100% "pro confesso" (i.e. uncontested). Basic input is collected from the client and a set of pleadings are prepared within the alotted hour. A judgment is generated and executed for entry and filing with the court at the appropriate time, usually six months.

Hopefully nothing changes during the statutory wait period, or all bets are off. Also, under general rules of legal ethics, the firm could not represent both parties to the divorce; but they've apparently figured out which one is their "client".

If the divorcing couple has children, property, or needs support, these issues can be handled in an hour; but will cost more than double. A Prenuptial agreement would all but disqualify the client from the discount program, although a "conventional" divorce would still be available.

Perhaps the firm is onto something; anyone facing the stress and uncertainty of divorce will appreciate speed of service combined with an affordable price package.  The potential for a conflict of interest, however, is troubling.  Also, when something this important is done this fast, regrets are par for the course, and in some cases, missteps will be taken by either the client or the firm from Gotham.

If you are facing the stress and uncertainty of divorce, our law firm provides excellent service for reasonable fees.  We would be happy to provide a free legal consultation.

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Blogger Stacy said...

Cannot believe that people can get divorced this fast in New York. Everything happens faster there. But you are right, mistakes get made when things are done that fast.

October 4, 2010 at 10:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they can agree so unanimously and efficiently about how to separate, makes you wonder what else they can agree on....maybe they have chance, but probably not. Great post. Terrance

October 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM 
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