Edens, Criado & Welch emerged from the recognition that the public demands a low cost national law firm to handle routine legal matters.  By operating as a virtual law practice, the majority of our legal services can be done at fixed fees.

Attorney and law firm co-founder Frank D. Edens has more than 20 years of experience operating leading legal websites including USLegalForms.com, USLegal.com, and FormsPass.com.

Edens launched ECW law firm in 2017 along with attorneys and partners Carrie Anna Criado and Jayne Welch.  Criado and Welch have worked closely with Edens on his online ventures for more than a decade.

Partner Bios


Frank D. Edens

Frank D. Edens is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. Edens is also President and CEO of USLegal, Inc. and has been a driving force behind the growth of  its flagship website USLegalForms.com.  Edens recognized early on that the Internet would fundamentally change the way people get legal information and how lawyers offer their services.  He received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University (B.S., 1979) and graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1984 (J.D. Cum Laude, graduated 2nd/79). He joined Lem Adams to form Adams & Edens, P.A., in 1985. In 1995, Edens and Adams owned their first Internet company, LawNetCom, Inc. (LNC). It was success with LNC that paved the way for Edens and Adams to found USLegal Forms, Inc. in 1998 and subsequently USLegal, Inc. in 2005.

Edens was raised in Okolona, Mississippi and is a graduate of The Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee (Cum Laude 1975) where he was member of Perfect Council.

Edens became CEO of USLegal Forms, Inc. in 1998, the top ranked legal forms internet publishing company, and has steered the growth of USLegalForms.com for almost 20 years.


Carrie Criado

Carrie Criado is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. Criado is also Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously, she was an Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado has also served as Communications Director for Al Gore’s The Climate Project and as Director of Public Relations for USLegal, Inc. Criado has worked for KVII-TV, KEYT-TV, KUHT-TV, and The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt. Criado has taught communications law and journalism courses at Southern Methodist University and Middle Tennessee State. She was a law clerk for the Federal Communications Commission. Criado received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado is licensed to practice law in Texas and Tennessee.


Jayne Welch

Jayne Welch is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. She is also Director of Production and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously she was an assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury Connecticut, after having been in private practice for nearly a decade handling all aspects of litigation and legal transactions.  Welch also has extensive background as a Realtor and knowledge of marketing and fundraising in the private sector having worked for many large and small organizations.  Welch graduated cum laude from Duquesne University with a BSBA and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School. She is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and Mississippi.



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