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Universal Legal Forms: A Win for Legal Zoom?

A few of my blog posts have discussed the pitfalls of relying on universal legal forms like those provided through Legal Zoom.

 

the ABA Journal has posted what seems to be a legal victory for Legal Zoom – the South Carolina Supreme Court has declared that Legal Zoom’s document service is not the
unauthorized practice of law”   – for those of you non-lawyers reading this, in most states, you need to be licensed to practice law.

See the article here

 

I thought the following was particularly noteworthy:

of 20 practice areas encompassed by LegalZoom’s document service, for 19 of them the same basic services “are available online to South Carolina citizens (and the public at large) via other self-help portals at websites maintained by various South Carolina governmental agencies.”

 

It is not the provision of these forms that I find problematic, so much as the reliance of using these forms without legal advice.   This is where the general population who use these forms can get into trouble.

 

 

 

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