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Legal Paperwork: Time for a 50-State Standard

Legal Paperwork: Time for a 50-State Standard

Each of our 50 states requires different legal forms to accomplish the same routine, often-repeated tasks such as uncontested divorces, name changes, and stepparent adoptions. This bureaucratic balkanization makes about as much economic sense as it would for every state to require a different width for its railroad tracks. The American legal system’s failure to agree on a national standard for routine forms results in hundreds of millions of consumer dollars down the courthouse drain. Why does it cost us so…

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