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Nolo.com and Epoch, the Leading U.S. & British Consumer Law Sites, Form Strategic Alliance To Improve Legal Access.

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BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2001

Top Self-Help Legal Content Provider Licenses Rapidocs Document

Assembly Technology

Nolo.com, the premier publisher of self-help law products and the nation's most popular legal information Website, has entered into a strategic alliance with Epoch Software, Plc., the developer of Rapidocs, the first web-enabled document assembly system. Epoch, also the publisher of http://www.desktoplawyer.co.uk, the United Kingdom's top self-help legal Website, handled more than 6 percent of that nation's divorces electronically soon after the site was launched.

While many legal start-ups are downsizing or floundering, Nolo, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Epoch, are both expanding, as well as combining forces to take advantage to the nearly $1 billion dollar self-help legal market.

The combination of Nolo's trusted content with Rapidocs technology will enable Nolo.com users to create their own complex legal documents over the Internet without the aid of a lawyer. Richard Granat, an attorney and President of Epoch's U.S. operations (Epoch Software, Inc, Baltimore, MD) described the alliance as follows:

"We plan to marry Nolo's award-winning legal content with our state-of-the art, web-based document automation technology to enable millions of Americans to accomplish routine legal tasks over the Internet without incurring expensive legal fees."

Founded in 1971, Nolo publishes over 500 self-help law products including books, software and web-enabled legal forms. Its best-selling products include WillMaker, Patent It Yourself, How To File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy an Every Tenant's Legal Guide.

Ralph Warner, Nolo's co-founder and Executive Publisher, said:

"For 30 years, Nolo has worked to provide ordinary Americans access to quality legal information through our books and software. The Rapidocs technology will enable Nolo to speed up our efforts to truly mass produce legal solutions at an affordable price. Most people can't afford to pay lawyers upwards of $200 an hour; now Nolo and Epoch will offer an affordable, web-based alternative."

Among the legal areas that Nolo and Epoch have targeted for the immediate development of interactive legal solutions are small business, estate planning, real estate, divorce, and bankruptcy. As part of the alliance, Epoch, a privately held company, has a made a strategic investment in Nolo.
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