Comparing Nolo and Legalzoom will demonstrate why I recommend Legalzoom for your small business legal needs, such as forming an LLC, incorporating, patent applications and legal document reviews.
The online legal site Nolo.com is a legal form web store. Their new slogan is “Law for All”.
These two options for small business legal issues are not the same, one Legalzoom is selling legal advice and services, while Nolo is primarily selling legal forms with little to no legal advice nor assistance.
|Products and Services||LLC, Corporations, DBA- Forms, Filings, Guidance and Legal Assistance||Legal Forms completed online. Mainly a legal library of forms, books and software.|
|Legal Help||Included, by email, phone and ongoing support and monthly legal plans for attorney advice||None. Find a Lawyer search|
|Awards||National Law Journal, Top Workplace, Entrepreneur of the Year CEO||Book Awards|
|Customer Reviews||Verified customers rated the legal services 4.6 out of 5 stars with 16, 961 reviews||Rated Fair to Poor by user reviews posted on business websites|
|Ratings - Gold Stars||Independent sites such as Consumer Affairs and BBB Better Business Bureau ratest 3.5 stars out of 5 stars||2.0 stars out of 5 stars from Trustpilot, leading consumer review site.|
In 1971, Nolo began by publishing DIY, do it yourself legal guides. One of the first online legal sites it merged with other sites that focused on divorce and general law and became the Nolo Network in 2011.
Nolo’s roots are in creating and distributing legal forms to consumers. In fact, they offer many forms free of charge in their internet legal library. However, they did not begin as a fully qualified legal firm, as Legalzoom did. Thus their expertise continues to be in the sale of legal forms, of which then experienced lawyers modify, for each specific situation, and then file properly with state and federal courts and government offices.
So if you get a form it is useless within the associated legal knowledge of how to complete it, where to file it and applicable legal procedures.
As an experienced small business owner and reviewer of online legal services, I am impressed with Legalzoom’s good balance of affordability, quality and customer service.