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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Deficiencies of Online Legal Services

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-05-26/54692237-30d9-4412-9a50-83502ef56f6f.pngThe modern generation are definitely self-starters and "do-it-yourselfers." They attempt to find the easiest (and cheapest) avenues to the correct destination. But when it comes to websites that provide legal services and documents at a discount, they could end up paying much more than they bargained for.

Online legal services create basic, generic documents. At any time a person's needs or desires change, they will most likely need to hire an attorney to alter the existing paperwork. This actually creates more work for legal professionals.

A good note to think: a disclaimer on a popular legal service website denotes that, "[they] are not a law firm [ ] or a substitute for the advice or services of an attorney. We cannot provide any kind of legal advice, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies." So what are you paying for?

See Chelan David, The Deficiencies of Online Legal Services, Smart Business, May 24, 2018.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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