Do It Yourself Legal Forms - A Comparison
Saving money is great and using do-it-yourself legal forms is a great way to do it! Particularly in these tough economic times, we have to cut corners where we can.
For many legal issues, do it yourself legal forms are the perfect answer. It is becoming a very accepted way to approach many legal concerns.
You obviously cannot compile a separation, divorce, last will, or any other document in which the people involved are not in agreement with the terms.
Part of the service an attorney provides is negotiation and mediation between the persons involved in the legal proceeding. The disagreement between parties is often a very time consuming and costly detail of legal representation.
However, if the parties involved in the legal action are in agreement as to the course of action, you're in a great position to save yourself some money using do it yourself legal forms!
The Kansas City Lawyer.com is impressed with 2 companies
that provide online do it yourself legal forms:
Let's look at a quick comparison of these 2 companies.
First and foremost, the document quality of both companies is superior. Highly qualified attorneys work for both companies, so the legal documents provided by both organizations are complete, up-to-date, accurate, professional.
Standard Legal offers do-it-yourself legal forms software AND/OR document preparation service. Legal Zoom offers similar forms and document preparation but has a cost structure divided into "3 levels of service"; depending on how much "do it yourself" you want.
Standard Legal's do it yourself legal forms software consists of fill-in-the-blank legal forms. To complete these forms, you enter answers into fields on the forms, based on the specific instructions provided for each field. Once you have filled in all of the blank fields, you simply print out the forms and use them as recommended in the instructions.
The document preparation service is an upgraded service; as opposed to buying the purely "do it yourself" forms. This is a great option for those who don't feel they want to go to an attorney, but want some assistance with doing the forms themselves. The document preparation services are offered by both Standard Legal and Legal Zoom and requires that you answer a series of basic legal questions.
Then an employee at the company posts those answers into the proper legal form templates and provides them back to you as finished documents, ready for your signature.
For the SAME TYPE OF FINISHED DOCUMENTS, overall Standard Legal charges less money for its document preparation services
Here are some general pricing examples for last will and testament legal document services from both Standard Legal and Legal Zoom. These prices are typical of the differences in pricing overall.
Last Will and Testament: Legal Forms Software $14.95 OR Last Will and Testament Document Preparation for $49.95
Last Will and Testament: The 3 levels of "package services" for Last Will and Testament Documents range from $69.00 - $119.00.
For the SAME TYPE OF FINISHED DOCUMENTS, Standard Legal charges much less money for its document preparation services vs. Legal Zoom and significantly much less for its do-it-yourself legal forms software.
But here's an even more important point: THE PROCESS FOR COMPLETING EITHER THE SOFTWARE VERSION OR THE DOCUMENT PREPARATION SERVICE VERSION IS NEARLY IDENTICAL: THE CUSTOMER MUST ANSWER A SERIES OF QUESTIONS TO GET COMPLETED FORMS IN EITHER OPTION! The only difference between using do-it-yourself software and legal document preparation services is that YOU enter your answers directly into the legal forms when using the software, while AN EMPLOYEE of the company enters the answers you provide into the legal forms with document preparation service.
A DOCUMENT PREPARATION COMPANY -- BY LAW -- CANNOT TELL YOU IF YOUR ANSWERS ARE LEGALLY CORRECT. To do so would be providing legal advice outside of an attorney/client relationship (also known as 'practicing law without a license'). The only benefit to purchasing document preparation services FROM EITHER COMPANY is that someone will check to make certain your answers are complete, that your answers make sense, that the appropriate forms are used, and that all of the form fields are filled. THAT IS ALL OF THE "PREPARATION" THAT EITHER COMPANY CAN PROVIDE TO YOU -- BY LAW!
If you want to take a look at a sample of some completely free Do It Yourself Legal Forms
INTERNATIONAL FORMS & LETTERS
DUI DWI OUI
LEGAL SELF HELP
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