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WEBSITE AIMS TO SIMPLIFY THE LAW; Legal & Professional Website puts 'legalise' into simple English.

Byline: NEIL HODGSON Business Reporter @NeilHodgson6

WARRINGTON-based X-Press Legal Services has launched a free website which uses plain language to give visitors a better grasp of the law, what it means to them, and access to legal experts.

Called 'Law Plain and Simple', the website is the brainchild of Dave Lister, founder and director of X-Press Legal Services, who recognised the need to improve public access to the law during his 13 years as a provider of property search documents to law firms and conveyancers.

He said: "To the average man in the street the law and the legal profession is a complete mystery.

"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. Those who fall foul of the law will also need a lawyer to help them establish their innocence or otherwise."

Mr Lister said: "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 English the fundamentals of the law 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.

Mr Lister said creating the site has cost PS120,000, but it was his way of "giving something back".

He added: "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 online service that gave the public a better understanding of the law and the legal profession."

X-Press Legal employs 16 staff and is on course for a PS6.5m turnover this year.

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