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Company sells itself as cheaper online divorce alternative

Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “How can an attorney help me with my Divorce or Separation in North Carolina?”

 

Since its inception, the online realm’s “open source” mantra has seen so-called techies from points all over the world collaborating for the betterment of online humanity. That seemed at least to be the idea of the internet in its early days.

Hand shaking Charlotte Divorce Law Firm Mecklenburg Family Law AttorneyIt would be fair to say that since its early days, the net has been corrupted by consumerism, corporatism, celebrity, greed and a host of other unfortunate and downright negative “isms.” Sticking to its initial impetus, however, it was only a matter of time before Silicon Valley techies who love words like “synergy” developed “Wevorce.”

Yes, it is the word “We” attached to the front of the word “Divorce,” and even more frighteningly, Wevorce—“a startup that uses technology and mediators to give parting couples a more amicable—and cheaper—option for divorce” is manned by “a new online network of experts” called the “weCommunity.”

Yes, the term “community” needed a “we” attached to the front of the word to connote just how about “us” it is. Wevorce’s weCommunity features a bevy of “real estate agents, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, counselors, accountants, financial advisers and estate planners” who can help divorcing couples figure out… well, everything! At least, that’s the pitch.

So far, the San Mateo, California-based startup serves most of Northern California, where it “has facilitated the divorce of hundreds of couples, including several in the Bay Area,” the Silicon Beat reports. “The Bay Area,” by the way, means the San Francisco, California Bay Area. The $2 million the company secured in funding nearly two years ago is being used to expand the company’s reach across the fruited plain.

And that’s just what Wevorce is doing: It is ready to roll out its services to customers elsewhere and everywhere, presumably in any far-flung locale within internet’s reach. According to the Silicon Beat, the startup collects “a flat fee that is decided up front.” The size of the fee depends “partly on how complicated” the assets of a divorcing couple are to divide. Wevorce keeps sixty-percent of the fee, “and the mediator keeps the rest.” The Beat did not explain how the real estate agents, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, counselors, accountants, financial advisers and estate planners in the weCommunity are paid. At the time it secured its funding, the TechTimes reported that Wevorce charges divorcing couples about a third of the average $27,000 couples spend on divorces.

The aim of Wevorce, aside from providing a lower-cost alternative to divorcing couples, is to bring the “slow-moving courts to the Web,” according to the Beat. To do that, the company combines “software, video conferencing and other online tools” to help couples “mediate—not litigate” the ends of their marriages.

Attorneys are involved, evidently. They help Wevorce customers “plan their future through in-person meetings or video chats.” All in all, says chief executive officer and co-founder Michelle Crosby, Wevorce can “bring a little peace to the often roiled process” of divorce, according to the Beat.

Crosby herself is a family lawyer and mediator. She told OregonLive that the experience of watching her own parents divorce compelled her, in part, to develop Wevorce.

If you find yourself facing a complicated family law matter, it is best to consult with an experienced family-law attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina who can help guide you through the often confusing process of divorce. Please contact the experienced family-law attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC today at (704) 370-2828 or find additional resources here.

 

 

About the Author

ARNOLD & SMITH LAW Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member of Arnold & Smith, PLLC, where he focuses on the areas of family law, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution.

Mr. Arnold was raised in Charlotte, where he graduated from Providence Senior High School. He attended Belmont Abbey College, where he graduated cum laude, before attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship.

A board-certified specialist in the practice of Family Law, Mr. Arnold is admitted to practice in all state courts in North Carolina, in the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and in the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

In his free time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and three children.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.siliconbeat.com/2015/05/05/wevorce-adds-online-network-of-professionals-to-help-families-through-divorce/

http://www.oregonlive.com/kiddo/index.ssf/2015/01/wevorce_aims_to_make_divorce_l.html

http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/21/wevorce-funding/

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/1625/20131123/wevorce-raises-1-7-mn-in-seed-funding-to-make-divorce-less-painful.htm

 

 

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