16 responses

  1. Donna Chmura
    January 27, 2010

    Could not agree more. In fact, I have blogged about why you shouldn’t use DIY services for forming corporations. http://nclawlife.com/2009/02/06/seven-things-diy-corporations/
    http://nclawlife.com/2009/01/14/do-you-really-need-a-lawyer-to-form-your-corporation/

    And once you’ve made some poor decisions because you were unwilling to pay for competent advice on the front end, it usually costs more to fix it on the back end.

  2. Stephen Bloom
    January 27, 2010

    Excellent post. I’ve been telling clients this for years. It’s the nuances of estate planning law that will get them in trouble, and lack of understanding the legal context for the documents, like how property is titled, beneficiary designations, etc. Clients need a qualified lawyer to sit down with them and look at the big picture, or they risk not getting the results they expect.

  3. Leanna Hamill
    January 27, 2010

    Rania, the nice thing about your virtual law practice is that people can get access to the customized legal services they need, with the convenience of an on line service and at a price they can afford.

  4. David Errington
    April 17, 2010

    I am an Ohio estate planning attorney and took LegalZoom for a spin to see what they had to offer. As Ms. Combs stated, I found outdated law and misleading advice that could really cause some problems down the road. Like Stephen Bloom stated above, there is no context. For instance, you could certainly establish a testamentary trust in their will but who will be administering it? Are they aware that there will be ongoing yearly costs for filings with the probate court? Would establishing a living trust make more sense? You get the idea.

    On top of that, the fee they would charge a married couple for Wills is actually not that much less than what I charge. And, by LegalZoom’s own admission, they are not providing legal advice (although I think they have actually crossed the line to UPL). As I tell people that ask me about LegalZoom, using an attorney doesn’t guarantee that it will be done perfectly, but it certainly increases the likelihood that it will be correct and, if it isn’t, at least attorneys have malpractice insurance.

  5. George Shipe
    February 26, 2015

    I am glad to not only hear of the Legal Zoom issues, but see it in print. The most important ‘Product’ from an attorney is the intellect, experience and not a cost savings. The law is not a commodity.

    Thank you. I enjoyed reading this article.

    George Shipe, senior Vice President
    NATIONAL BENEFIT ADVISORY, INC.
    Bremerton, WA.

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