I contemplated if I should find a lawyer in my town or find an online lawyer to trust. Both have their benefits. In person, you can actually meet who you will work with and build a relationship. Anything on-line is convenient, but convenience is not always the best option. For me, I considered my current needs.
I needed to establish my LLC. I needed some basic Terms and Conditions, T&C's, for my website. I needed an EIN, which is your tax ID number. What I didn't immediately need was an in-depth consultation. I looked high and low, scouring the internet to see who other small business owners were going to for basic legal needs.
Which online lawyer did I go with?
Here's what I spent:
- Rocket Lawyer monthly subscription fee $39.99
- LLC $125
- EIN, Tax ID number $60
- LLC Operating Agreement $0 free
- LLC Process fee $49.95
- Terms and Conditions $0 free
They also have online chat and an excellent contact form. With so many lawyers connected, you're likely to get a response pretty darn fast and it comes straight from the lawyer. The last time I looked at their home page, they had created 3+ million legal documents of which they have numerous options and served over 900k+ companies.
Evaluate exactly what you need for your specific case. You may choose to go to someone in person or someone who specializes in a particular field. For me, online and fast at a very low cost was exactly what I needed to get my business going. Is an online lawyer right for you?