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The Divorce Law Information Center is not a law firm; we do not offer legal advice. The information provided by The Divorce Law Information Center is offered for informational purposes only and is "legal information" as defined by Opinion No. 95-056 (December 19, 1995) of the Attorney General of the State of Maryland. The Divorce Law Information Center offers legal information that is similar to that provided by self-help law books and legal forms offered for sale through retail outlets.
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Our staff cannot make recommendations for any corrections or changes to documents. Any text which is to be revised or replaced must be identified appropriately and detailed replacement text provided by the customer. In short, our customers have the option of either (a) providing us with detailed exact replacement text or (b) revising the document themselves.
If our staff is asked to make drastic changes or ongoing revisions, additional charges may be warranted. These situations are considered on a case-by-case basis. No additional charges are ever made without a customer's direct approval.
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A Lay advocate, which is defined as a person not an attorney, may assist a member of the public by:
providing basic information about the existence of legal right and remedies;
provide basic information about the manner in which judicial proceedings are conducted;
assist a person to prepare a legal leading or other legal document on her own behalf by defining unfamiliar terms on a form, explaining where on a form the person is to provide certain information, and if necessary transcribing or otherwise recording the person's own words verbatim.
Our company cannot provide legal advice for any situation or case. As such we cannot make personal recommendations as to what documents should or should not be used and cannot attempt to predict the legal impact of using any certain response or form.
I understand that my situation may be unique, and that the legal information within offered may not fit my circumstances, in which case seeking the advice of an attorney would be advisable. Although every care has been taken to insure the accuracy of the information provided, we do not promise, warranty, or guarantee that the information is correct, complete, or up-to-date. We are not responsible for any errors or omissions in the resources or information available within this Web site.
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The Service is intended to bring to the legal market place a product which has never existed in the past, namely an automated fixed fee document assembly system as a means to document various legal transactions in a price competitive way. As indicated elsewhere in this Terms and Conditions Statement, the legal information and legal documents available from this website is not a substitute for the legal advice of an attorney who is a member of the bar of the state where you live.
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