One of the primary reasons we hear that small business owners turn to LegalZoom is that they believe they can secure effective legal forms, documents, or contracts for less than the cost of hiring a lawyer.
Because money is a motivating factor, especially for new business owners with tight budgets, the allure of turning to fast and cheap services that they deem “good enough” is certainly real.
But we’re going to stop you right there.
Why LegalZoom is Risky
There are several reasons to steer clear of online DIY legal websites like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer.
In terms of cost, many of the templated documents they try to sell you on their website can be found for free elsewhere. If it’s just the form you’re looking for, save the cash and simply print the template yourself.
More importantly, however, are the legal repercussions that could come with unknowingly making mistakes or omissions on the forms. The templates offered through LegalZoom are generic in nature, and there is no legal guidance provided when filling them out. In fact, there are disclaimers on LegalZoom’s site acknowledging that “…the legal information on the site is not legal advice and is not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date.”
As noted in our blog about creating a CSA for your business, the worst is when two Florida parties have to litigate in Honolulu, Hawaii because they chose to use a generic form for their contract. Our advice is simple: If it is important enough to write down and spend money on, care enough to do it right.
Call us at Silverberg|Brito, PLLC
Your business is unique, and you need your contracts and documents to reflect the unique needs of your business. When you partner with us at Silverberg|Brito, PLLC, our commercial law team can offer the customized legal guidance you need to reduce your business’s risk and help you create iron-clad contracts and documents.
Laws are constantly changing. Don’t risk lawsuits, penalties, or extreme expense by trying to save a small amount of money on contracts and forms. Get the legal advice you need now – before it’s too late. Call us today at 305-735-3955.