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Law firm Valentine's Day contest offers no-cost divorce


Bentley's flier.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a Michigan attorney is running a contest offering a no-cost divorce to the entrant who makes the best case for freebie.

“We’re looking for someone truly struggling to move forward,” says Walter H. Bentley III. “Maybe someone who’s overcome some obstacle—a foreclosure, say. Maybe they’re struggling to make ends meet, and they don’t have enough money for a divorce.”

While a few other law firms have similar promotions going, Bentley appears to be the only one providing what ABC News describes as a “completely free ticket to splitsville.” Other firms are requiring the client to pay court costs.

There are some limitations to Bentley’s largesse, however. The winning entrant must be a Michigan resident and the divorce must be uncontested, with minimal or no child-custody issues.

About 500 people have already entered his contest, Bentley says. A contest form is provided on his law firm’s website explains, “The winner will be chosen based on the most compelling and convincing story as to why they should be the winner.”

Hat tip: Daily Mail.

Related coverage:

West Virginia Record: “Law firm offers sixth annual free Valentine’s Day divorce contest”

Updated on Feb. 13 to link to West Virginia Record article.

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