Since its inception in 2001, LegalZoom has been providing customers with easy-to-answer questionnaires to help them fill out their legal forms. In addition, it lets you preview forms before buying and, in certain situations, will even file documents for you. In some cases, LegalZoom can check your forms for general errors and inconsistencies. This online legal forms service provides documents that are recognized by courts and various government entities throughout the United States. The service can assist you with legal forms for incorporating a business, changing your name, searching for patents, preparing a living will and even designating someone to take care of your pet if you die. LegalZoom states on its homepage that the information it provides "is not legal advice, but general information on legal issues commonly encountered."
You can take part in LegalZoom's services in two ways. For certain categories, LegalZoom will fully review and check your legal documents for you. For copyrights, limited liability companies, business names and trademarks, LegalZoom will file all the paperwork for you. In other situations, they will mail your legal forms to you along with instructions about signing them and getting them notarized. They also provide a large number of do-it-yourself legal forms.
LegalZoom focuses on its complete legal service preparation system. After you answer the questionnaire related to the legal forms you need, LegalZoom reviews your submitted forms and checks them for consistency, spelling and other common errors.
LegalZoom offers a variety of legal resources to assist you. These resources include an extensive legal guide, a FAQs section and a directory of local attorneys you could retain on your own if you choose. These services are designed to make your legal documentation process as painless as possible. Although they have a smaller selection of legal topics available, LegalZoom’s legal guides are more descriptive and informative than that of any other service we reviewed.
The legal guides generally are focused around the same forms that are offered through the preparation services. These topics, ranging from copyrights to United States citizenship, are on the Education Center webpage. You can also look for legal topics through the search feature. For example, you can type “green card” into the search feature and find an article called “Green Cards: Membership Has Its Privileges.”
If your legal matter is more complicated, there is an Attorney Connect link that can help you find a lawyer in your area. This free service asks you select the area of law you need help with and provide your contact information. Then the system finds lawyers in your area that are in their network. In order to be in their network, they must have at least five years of experience, be in good standing with their state bar and have liability insurance.
LegalZoom is very easy to use. Their preparation services are designed to be simple and straightforward. All you have to do is fill in the required fields. Since most of LegalZoom’s focus is on its preparation services, you cannot buy the blank forms and fill them out yourself unless you buy a subscription to the database.
If you decide to use LegalZoom’s preparation services, there is nothing to download because they send you the completed forms. LegalZoom does it all for you. If you buy a subscription to their website, you will receive the editable legal forms as Word, PDF or RTF files.
LegalZoom’s preparation services are typically more expensive than the usual downloadable forms. This price includes your form review, shipping costs and a 30-day retention of your document. They accept payments via credit card, phone, money order, wire transfer or check.
LegalZoom provides both telephone and email support. They also have a FAQs section that can answer any questions regarding payment and preparation. They do not give legal advice.
A convenient feature on their website is the Check Order Status link. It can help you keep track of orders you have placed, documents you have begun filling out and the contact information the company has for you.
LegalZoom provides a complete legal service that walks you through the process of filling out legal forms from start to finish. This is the only service we found that offered to file any paperwork for us or mail our forms to us without a specific request. The only drawback is that you need to buy a subscription in order to get legal forms you can download.
LegalZoom’s preparation service completes and checks forms for you.
To download blank forms you can fill out yourself, you have to purchase a subscription to their database.
This online legal forms service will send you completed documents and has a good amount of legal resources.