Today, anything can be found online. I can order my groceries online, buy books online, purchase a car online, contract babysitters, and find a date.
The most recent online fad rippling through the legal industry is online legal services. Almost every attorney has been approached and asked to “review” a legal form a client found online. It is easy to understand why clients would prefer to find cheap online documents for a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney. But should they? A short-term benefit analysis would compare an online form that can cost as little as $40 and an attorney that can cost $150 for the same service and pick the former. As one legal expert put it, “Rarely can a canned document or form be sufficient and advisable” … in my experience there is almost always something special about the situation that requires the sophistication of an experienced lawyer.”
Consider the following: