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  • Jeremy Bombard

Local Attorney v. Online Services

Recently I’ve had potential clients ask how much I would charge to set up a corporate entity. I give them my quote, along with what that entails: filing fee, requisite documents, time to conference with the client to finalize documents, etc. They state that they could get the same service through an online service for cheaper. I explain that may be true, however, as the adage goes, ‘you get what you pay for.’

First, check the reviews for many online legal services. They are far from positive. Second, think about what you are paying for: some person in another state putting together an incorporation package based upon limited knowledge of local laws. And third, what happens when there is a problem? There isn’t a local attorney familiar with the rules and practices of the state; you have an out-of-state person hoping everything works out for the best.

If you have all the time in the world and don’t mind a few missteps along the way, then try out the online service. However, if you want it done quickly and without mistake, you are better off with an attorney who has experience in setting up corporate entities.

If a client calls me today and says, I need an LLC formed and filed within the next couple of days. Unless I’m in trial, or the middle of a deadline, I get it done and I don’t charge a rush fee. I work with the client to get the information and file it with the state. I then work with the client and make sure all the requisite documents and agreements are finalized within days.

Arguably yes, I cost more than an online service, but for that additional cost, you get a product done quickly and correctly. You can call me on my cell phone and get answers immediately. I respond to your emails within minutes. You get up and running with no delays and no mistakes. You cannot say the same for the online services.

Sometimes the personal touch is worth the money.

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