Called ‘Law Plain and Simple’, the website is the brainchild of businessman Dave Lister, a founder and director of X-Press Legal Services, who recognised the need to improve public access to the law during his 13 years as an expert provider of property search documents to law firms and conveyancers.
“To the average man in the street, the law and the legal profession is a complete mystery,” explained Dave from his Warrington office. “Lawyers can appear a world apart. They seem to speak a different language and on the rare occasions we need their help, we think their services might be expensive.
“But the fact is, we will all at some time in our lives, need the assistance of a lawyer whether it be for the purchase of a new home, for help with a divorce or organising a will for a family member. Of course, those who fall foul of the law, will also need a lawyer to help them establish their innocence or otherwise.
“Then, it occurred to me, that there must be a way of giving the public a basic outline of the law and what it means to them – a way of taking the fear factor out of the equation – and I came up with the idea of the Law Plain and Simple website.”
Written by qualified solicitors, the website explains, in plain and easy to understand English, the fundamentals of the law and its processes, as well as translating some of its terminology. It includes step-by-step guides to 49 of the most common legal categories including bankruptcy, wills, business law and even social media.
While completely avoiding legal jargon, the site helps visitors understand the law and how it might affect them in particular circumstances. It also helps them know and understand their rights. However, one can visit the site without any obligation or commitment. The site can be accessed anonymously and visitors are not required to provide personal information.
“We have invested £120,000 in creating and developing the site,” added Dave who came up with the idea as a way of ‘giving something back'.
“X-Press Legal Service has grown and prospered from the provision of search documents to conveyancers and solicitors, so it seemed appropriate to provide an on-line service that gave the public a better understanding of the law and the legal profession.”
Warrington South MP David Mowat, will officially launch the Law Plain and Simple website in March when he visits the offices of X-Press Legal Services which provides property searches and risk reports for solicitors and conveyancers across the UK.
For further information click on to www.lawplainandsimple.com