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Shapiro Launches Legal Aid Site

March 12, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ O.J. Simpson defense attorney Robert Shapiro has launched a Web site to provide help to people looking to file wills, divorce papers and restraining orders without the aid of a lawyer.

Shapiro said he feels no one should prepare legal documents without consulting an attorney. But for those who insist, mainly for economic reasons, Shapiro offers Legalzoom.com.

The site has a glossary, articles about basic legal issues and a weekly column by Shapiro. For varying fees, people can be walked through the process of creating a basic will, living trust or prenuptial agreement.

The final document is either sent by mail or e-mail and, for an additional fee, can be stored by the company and changed later.

Shapiro said the planning for the site was begun before the dot-com economy began to crash, and Shapiro still feels Legalzoom.com can be successful.

``I’ve always been a risk taker,″ he said. ``We believe our business model is such we can keep our costs very low and pass that cost savings on to the consumer.″

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