Shoestring Startups

Paralegal Service

Getting help from an attorney can be expensive, even for a routine will, bankruptcy or divorce. As an independent paralegal, you can't offer legal advice, but you can use special software to help people complete simple legal forms, then take the hassles off their hands by filing forms for them. Laws regulating paralegals vary from state to state; a paralegal certificate or liability insurance may be required. Check your local business licensing agency or department of corporations to find out.

Start-Up Cost: $2,000

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Shoestring Startups.

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