What is the difference between an Ohio Attorney and Legalzoom?

Elliott Stapleton Common Questions

LegalZoom does a great job at marketing. But when you look past the promotional materials and celebrity endorsements, it is no more an alternative to using an attorney for your business than WebMD is an alternative to using your doctor for surgery.

What is LegalZoom?

LegalZoom is not a law firm, cannot provide legal advice, and cannot keep your communications confidential.  It is a company based in California which exists to sell you form documents.

In LegalZoom’s disclaimer the company expressly states that it “is not a substitute for an attorney or law firm.” (Coincidentally, WebMD’s disclaimer also states it “is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.”). Those who use LegalZoom eventually realize what they have purchased is insufficient. (See examples here: http://legal-zoom-reviews.measuredup.com/3211).

Why should I use an Attorney?

Given this information, entrepreneurs would never want to risk the health of their company on a “form” document without explanation of what it means or how to use it. Understandably, those same entrepreneurs would prefer certainty on the costs for legal services.

Our firm gives clients certainty with fixed costs for legal services, the accessibility of accessing those services online, and the guidance of a licensed Ohio Attorney. We give you the solid legal foundation necessary to succeed.  Contact us now to discuss your legal needs.

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Elliott Stapleton

Elliott is a partner in the firm of Cornetet, Meyer, Rush and Stapleton serving clients throughout Ohio. Elliott's business clients range from small single member companies to large privately-held businesses. CMRS Law provides legal services which include advice on Business Formation and Transactions, Real Estate Transactions, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate Administration, and Succession Planning. CMRS Law serves clients at two locations: 123 Boggs Lane, 1st Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 and 2101 Grandin Road, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45208