We live in a do-it-yourself (DIY) era with a burgeoning group of people ready and willing to take on the world after doing a few quick Google searches and digesting a couple of YouTube videos.

We get it, the DIY spirit has to have a place in every entrepreneur’s heart, but there are some things that should simply be left to professionals. Legal contracts for your small business? Yep, definitely one of them.

Why You Should be Wary of Online Legal Websites & Services

The best legal advice for your specific situation is always from an experienced legal professional. Moreover, it can’t be from just any legal professional – it needs to be from an attorney who focuses on your specific area of business.

Online legal websites like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer lure in well-intentioned entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday consumers with the promise of easy-to-use forms that can offer you “peace of mind,” but these sites are no substitute for an attorney. Here are just a few of the many reasons why:

  • LegalZoom admits to its own limitations in helping small business owners with their contracts. It has a lengthy disclaimer on its website acknowledging its inadequacy in providing legal advice.
  • Costly errors caused by omissions in the legal documents may not rear their ugly heads until it is too late.
  • Most legal forms can be obtained for free online. If it’s just the form you need, save yourself the money and skip the DIY legal websites.
  • Laws change, and they vary by state. Do you want to risk relying on a document that may have mistakes and inaccuracies? LegalZoom’s Terms of Use disclaimer says the information on its site is “not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date.”

Filling out a templated contract form may be a place to start with your Florida business contracts, but it should never be used as the final document. Without an attorney to review, advise, and ensure that it contains what it needs for your specific situation, there are simply too many risks.

An attorney helps prevent costly errors down the road that could be avoided altogether with a comprehensive and accurate contract. Taking the effort now and paying the relatively minimal costs for legal help up front can save you serious headaches and litigation costs down the road when errors in your contract are uncovered. For help with your legal contracts, contact the Florida commercial law team at Silverberg|Brito, PLLC.

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