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LegalZoom GC works to make law accessible

'Lawyers … who adapt are going to be ahead of the curve,' Charles Rampenthal says of consumers' push to do business virtually

, The Recorder


LegalZoom provides a way for consumers and small businesses to take care of their legal needs. The company, founded in 2001, says more than 2 million customers have created their own legal documents online.

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  • John P. Rivers

    I appreciate companies that offer do-it-yourself legal forms. They provide a very important service: They generate business for lawyers! I am representing a client whose father downloaded a will from the internet, signed it before the correct number of witnesses, and thought he was finished. Unfortunately, his substance-abusing, greedy child who had only visited with the father a couple of times in the 12 years before his death is objecting to the will. The disgruntled child’s position is without merit, but my client, who is the executor and the only beneficiary under the will, is now having to spend time and money to protect and carry out the wishes of the father.
    If the father had consulted a lawyer, the matter would have been handled differently and many of the problems could have been prevented by good advice and a more properly drafted document. Laymen often do not understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to legal documents. Every situation is unique. A few dollars invested in attorney’s fees on the front end can save thousands of dollars and many hours of worry and work later.

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