Need frugal legal help? Since websites have sprung up to help you in every aspect of life, why not one for creating a will, an LLC, a power of attorney or a living will?
Brian Liu partnered with others to start LegalZoom.com a few years after graduating from college and realizing how many of his family and friends could be helped by standardizing the process for simple documentation. More complicated matters would still require personal assistance, buy why not a website that people could access easily with step-by-step instructions?
I first heard of LegalZoom when an organization I knew was considering becoming an LLC, or a Limited Liability Company that protects your sets like a corporation, without the burden of corporate maintenance. Someone said, “Why not LegalZoom?”
Looking into it, I found the prices to be cheap and the steps pretty straight forward. The site guides the user through filling in the documents and submitting them within the appropriate state. It also indicates whether witnesses are needed and where appropriate signatures need to be placed once the final document is received. Someone at the site reviews the documents to ensure they are filled out correctly before either sending them back to you or on to the state. This is not a legal review but they will make sure the forms are filled in with the appropriate information.
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