Richard S. Granat, Esq.
Richard S. Granat, Esq., is the Founder and CEO of SmartLegalForms, Inc., the publisher of this web site and a network of other specialized legal information web sites, where consumers can access directly a wide range of automated legal forms from wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney to a comprehensive library of business documents.
Richard is also 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," and a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar where his law practice is limited to family law matters. Mr. Granat also previously served as the President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the nation's first paralegal educational institution where he pioneered the role of the legal assistant as a new career role within the legal profession. Mr. Granat also served as a member of the Task Force at the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity that created the National Legal Services Program that provides today provides legal services to low income individuals nationwide and is presently Co-Chair of the ELawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and Reporter for LPM, "Best Practices for Legal Information Web Sites." and a member of Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, American Bar Association.
Mr. Granat has also been:
- Coordinator, research project on self-help representation. See research on pro se representation at http://www.pro-selaw.org.
- the Founder of the People's Law Library of Maryland;
- a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and listed in Who's Who in American Law.
He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D.); the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.); and Lehigh University (B.A.).