Transcript of "Legal Documents: LegalZoom vs. RocketLawyer vs Bizfilings"
Legal Documents & Forms:
LegalZoom vs Rocket Lawyer VS BizFilings
LegalZoom Rocker Lawyer &
BizFilings cannot provide
personalized advice on what legal
path you should take. They also
cannot provide advice on how to
customize legal documents to the
particular needs of your business.
They do however provide 3
1) They provide templates of legal
documents which satisfy the needs
of a large number of individuals
and businesses. In 2011, 490,000
legal documents were ordered
2) In some cases, they can file those
forms with the appropriate
government entity to be processed.
3) LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer can
connect you with lawyers to answer
your legal questions. In the case of
Rocket Lawyer, limited consultation
with lawyers is part of the basic
Basic Service Cost
$7.99 Month Or
$40 / month
A La Carte
Basic LLC (not including
Free (but only
Additional fee of
$30 per month maximum 30
call per legal
Yes, free initial
tailored to our
and interview are
“the best of a
bunch,” he says.”
Why Legal Zoom?
1. Cost Advantage
2. More Comprehensive
3. Rocket Lawyer Free Trial
Complaints (explained later)
Many of the negative reviews of these
services compare using a lawyer to
perform the service (with a cost of
thousands of dollars) to using an
online legal document preparation
service for a fraction of the cost.
Given how much lawyers cost, many
people don’t have the luxury of using a
Finding reviews of the quality of their
documents, proved to be difficult. The
one article written by Consumer
Reports, compared the services of
LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer and NOLO.
It did not have glowing things to say
about any of the services, but
included slightly more complimentary
statements about Rocket Lawyer.
Rocket Lawyer had many negative
reviews focused on its advertising and
billing practices, but not on the
quality of their documents.
Specifically, those that signed up for
Rocket Lawyer’s “free 1-week trial”
were surprised when they got billed
after a week or had a difficult time
Rocket Lawyer as part of its
fundamental offering provides an “On
Call Lawyer” which provides an initial
phone consultation with a lawyer and
a review of your legal documents for
free. LegalZoom provides a similar
service for about $30 per month.
There seems to be a natural
conflict of interest built into these
phone consultations. Are they
true legal help or a way for
lawyer’s to sell their services to
new clients? Probably, both.