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Algonquin native develops Virtual Attorney

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Michael Brennan, an Algonquin native and 2002 Jacobs grad, founded a company called The Virtual Attorney.

MILWAUKEE – Jacobs High School grad and Algonquin native Michael Brennan says he is redefining the law office with The Virtual Attorney, his innovative new law firm, by taking legal representation where it has yet to go – online.

The Virtual Attorney is a 21st century law office where technology is a driving force behind increasing the value of legal services through accessibility and convenience at an affordable price. Brennan said it is the first known virtual law office to serve clients throughout the tri-state area of Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Clients are able to work with a licensed attorney at the firm in the areas of estate planning and business law entirely online – whether they are at their desk at work or couch at home.

“People today are very comfortable using technology in their everyday lives whether it’s to buy clothes or pay a utility bill. I don’t think that the delivery of many legal services needs to be any different,” Brennan said.

Brennan said the difference between The Virtual Attorney and online legal document sites like Legalzoom is a lawyer.

“Websites like Legalzoom and Rocket Lawyer cannot provide legal advice and can only provide self-help services based on specific directions,” Brennan said. “They do not provide any kind of advice, explanation, or opinion to a consumer about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies.

“Consumers deserve more, and it’s our goal at The Virtual Attorney to be that difference,” he said.

The Virtual Attorney is a web-based law office serving individuals, families and businesses throughout Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It takes the expertise, knowledge and value of the traditional law firm, combines it with the convenience and accessibility of DIY legal websites and delivers it securely to clients as a complete, reasonably-priced package, Brennan said.

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