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Solicitors and lawyers don’t have the best reputation amongst the public that need their surfaces. They are known for vastly inflating their rates for something as simple as printing off a document. Up until recently, providing legal documents could only be done through these channels, but now consumers have options that can keep them out of a solicitor’s office. Legalzoom and Law Depot both offer their customers an array of legal documents from a property deed all the way through to a will, but which one provides the better service? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
LawDepot: An Overview
LawDepot offers an array of legal documents from real estate all the way through to business. Not only can their products be used in the United States, some of their legal documents are also relevant for other countries such as the UK. They have a wide range of documents that would satisfy most customers that don’t have a very niche case that would be better dealt with by a lawyer. What we particularly like about Law Depot is that their documents look professional and will stand up when if they need to come under review by The Legality or other invested parties.
LawDepot isn’t a cheap service, there is a free period, but after that point it will cost approximately $30 a month to retain your membership. If you are only using the service as a one off and only require one document, then it would be worth using the service and then cancelling to ensure that you don’t get any charges against you. However, some users have said that LawDepot doesn’t actually inform you when the free trial ends, so some users have ended up out of pocket due to this. If you don’t feel as though you are going to be using the service more than once, then cancel your membership once you have completed the form. However, if you are a business proprietor or managing property, the service is exceptionally cheap in comparison to going to a solicitor every time you need a tenancy agreement.
Like LawDepot, LegalZoom offer a similar service, but they also have more specialised services attached to them that they can help you navigate through without having to employ legal help. Services such as trademark registration can cost thousands of dollars when you are using a solicitor to help you mediate these murky waters, but LegalZoom can do this at a starting price of $200. Their platform is simple and easy to navigate and even if you aren’t sure of what document you need, the way in which they breakdown categories will make sure that you will find it in the topic area.
LegalZoom offer their clients the ability to chat with a lawyer when they pay a fixed monthly fee for the service. Furthermore, they also offer their clients business development and access to tax professionals, so if you are looking to start or grow your business, they can provide you with all the experts you require safe from your own home. If you don’t want the full package and only want access to the legal documents, the price is vastly reduced. You will only need to pay $7.99 per month for unlimited access, if you find yourself needing an array of legal forms on a regular basis, this is an excellent opportunity to save money in the long wrong.
LegalZoom Vs Law Depot
Both companies offer clients the ability to access legal forms that will stand up in court of law for a relatively small amount of money when compared against the cost of legal help. If you only need one document and it is a one off, then LawDepot will be your best bet as you can have a month’s free access, the only downside to this is that you must remember to delete your account, otherwise you risk being out of pocket when they take the monthly payments. If you require more than one form, than LegalZoom may be the option for you, especially if you are starting a business. You can access an array of help for very little money in comparison to sitting in a lawyer’soffice; you can also upgrade and downgrade your plan at any time. If you just want one legal form, their service can be quite expensive at $14.99, but their additional services make them worth considering, especially if you are self-employed.
On the surface, it looks as though both LegalZoom and LawDepot offer the same surface, when in fact this isn’t the case. Both can provide you with legal documentation for an array of circumstances at a vastly reduces rate when compared to lawyers, however Legalzoom can give you more holistic legal advice if you are wanting to start your own business.