Imagine shopping at Walmart for groceries, household goods, clothes . . . and legal services? Well, now you can at select Walmarts in Georgia and Missouri. If you live in the Atlanta area, there is a Kaine Law in your local Walmart. And if you live in Joplin or Neosho, Missouri, there is The Law Store in your local Walmart. According to a June 21, 2016 abajournal.com article titled “Law firms already inside some US Walmarts,” both provide full legal services for low to middle income legal consumers, and both offer a range of fixed fee and certain free services.
Kaine Law bills themselves as a full service firm. Since they specialize in personal injury, wrongful death and auto accidents, they refer cases outside their expertise to other firms. The Walmart locations offer fixed fee legal services and certain free services, including basic wills and notary services.
It’s about being able to offer a service to the community. We have to minimize the stigma of expensive attorneys.
According to their website, The Law Store seeks to provide legal services to those legal consumers who choose to forego legal services due to cost and other factors:
The Law Store™ was created by a group of passionate lawyers who felt that the cost and delivery of services from traditional law firms often were inconsistent and unpredictable. We believe everyone should have access to quality and affordable legal services. Through the use of technology, expanded hours, convenient locations, and upfront pricing, The Law Store provides legal help to individuals, families and small businesses without the uncertainty and expense clients often experience in traditional law firms.
The Law Store’s price list reflects its fixed fee billing structure and the services they offer for free. And the initial consultation is free.
Kudos to both firms for finding a way to serve an unrepresented demographic. We wish them success and applaud their efforts to make legal services a win-win for those of limited means.