LegalZoom provides a range of legal services online at an affordable price. They help you create a range of legal documents without the need for a lawyer.
And should you need more personalized attention, they also have a network of attorneys experienced in business and personal law ready to help.
The company was founded in 1999. By 2015 they had helped 3.6 million customers, and in 2016 they began operating as a full-fledged law firm in the UK.
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In 2001 LegalZoom released 10 web-based products, making getting legal advice and generating legal documents more accessible and affordable.
Their range of services has continued to grow and they have been building a network of independent attorneys across the US over the years.
How LegalZoom Works
LegalZoom tries to make it as quick and easy as possible to generate legal documents online or connect you with an attorney that can help resolve your issue.
For example, if you want to start a company you need to go through some legal hoops to make sure the company name is available, and you’re all set to trade legally.
You can do this on their site by searching a company name and seeing if it’s available. Then you can choose the type of company you want to start, fill in your details, and selecting one of their payment options.
The idea is that it’s a lot quicker and less expensive than booking an appointment with a local attorney in person.
Plus, if you have any questions or issues you’re not sure about, you can request to speak with one of their attorneys anyway.
LegalZoom can help with just about any kind of business or personal legal issue. If you can’t find a form on their site to help, you can request to speak with an attorney.
Some of their most commonly requested topics for legal advice include:
- Starting a business
- Searching and registering trademarks
- Writing a will
- Power of attorney
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Buying and selling a property
LegalZoom is actually the service I used way back in 2008 when I formed my current company!
Plans and Pricing
With such a wide range of potential legal queries and questions, LegalZoom has a long list of pricing options for various tasks that are worth browsing.
They do offer a couple of monthly plans to make ongoing contact with one of their attorneys more affordable however, these are:
- 6 months plan – $11.99 per month. Access their network of attorneys, unlimited 30-minute calls on new legal matters, and review of legal documents up to 10 pages for no added cost.
- 12 months plan – $9.99 per month. All the same perks as the 6-month plan, along with an annual legal checkup to assess your estate plan.
If you want to get help a specific legal issue, I suggest contacting them to get a quote or find out if they have a set price for what you’re looking for.
To give you an idea, here are some of their more commonly requested services and how much they cost:
Common Business-Related Legal Products
- Setting up an LLC – $79
- Forming a corporation – $149+ state filing fees
- Setting up a DBA – $119
- Basic trademark registration – $199
Common Personal-Related Legal Products
- Basic last will and testament – $69
- Basic living will – $39
- Financial power of attorney – $35
- Pet protection agreement – $39
Rocket Lawyer is also a good option for ongoing legal advice, and they also have a 7-day free trial.
Have you worked with LegalZoom? If so, please leave a brief review to help others with their decision.