How do you know if a legal document you purchased online from a legal services/documents company is a valid legal document? How do you know that when it comes time for that document to perform the legal function it is intended to perform, it will do so?
The short answer is you won’t know how the document you so carefully crafted and put together will perform until it’s “Go Time.” And, when that time comes and things don’t work out according to the terms of your legal document, you will only have yourself to blame. You see, most of the reputable legal services/documents company have some very small print at the bottom of their web sites that state the following: Disclaimer: The information provided in this site is not legal advice, but general information on legal issues commonly encountered. LegalZoom is not a law firm and is not a substitute for an attorney or law firm. Even though most of the companies that provide this type of service claim that every legal document undergoes a “professional review”, in the United States, only attorneys are permitted to review a legal document and provide advice to clients.
You may ask yourself; If these legal services/documents companies state they are not providing legal advice, like only an attorney can, then why do they compare their services to attorneys and claim they can save you thousands of dollars over using an attorney when they are not giving the consumer the same service of “legal advice.”?
The truth is these legal services/documents companies can save you thousands of dollars over using an attorney, but they can also cost you thousands of dollars for not using an attorney to assist with your legal documents. Be an informed consumer. You have a great deal at stake when you execute any legal document such as a will, living trust, trademark application or power of attorney. Even the smallest mistake can render your entire document invalid and end up costing you thousands of dollars. We’ve seen this occur many times. Don’t let this happen to you.
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