LegalZoom and DIY Legal Documentation Need Their Own Lawyers

The popular legal document production website, LegalZoom, is "zooming" to the court based upon a class action lawsuit in Missouri.  The Plaintiff's in the suit are claiming that LegalZoom is engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. 

While some people may see attempts by attorneys to knock LegalZoom out of business in order to protect the attorney's "ground", the reality is that if there are any issues that come out of the documents created by LegalZoom, the attorneys are likely to make much more money in fees in cleaning up the mess than they would have in drafting the documents in the first place.  Most clients are surprised at the relatively reasonable cost we charge for the same "document preparation" that these DIY companies provide.  Is it as cheap as LegalZoom? No.  Do you get what you pay for?

There are plenty examples of people performing their own surgeries, but there is a reason that physicians go through years of school and training and are subject to regulations.  Similarly, whether you like attorneys or not, there is a reason they too go through years of school, training and subject to regulations. 

Don't you have a little more comfort in knowing that the critical legal documents are done accurately?  Plus, if there is a question later on, having that initial relationship with an attorney will help with dealing with any problems.

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