In a September Report issued by Consumer Reports entitled Legal DIY websites are no match for a pro, the verdict was that unless your legal needs are very simple it would be best to consult a lawyer as doing it yourself can lead to “unintended consequences”. Consumer Reports evaluated the three big Do It Yourself Legal Websites – LegalZoom, Nolo, and Rocket Lawyer to create a will, a car bill of sale for a seller, a home lease for a small landlord, and a promissory note.
Three law professors—Gerry W. Beyer of Texas Tech University School of Law, who specializes in estates and trusts; Richard K. Neumann of Hofstra University, a contract specialist; and Norman Silber, an expert in consumer and commercial law at Hofstra and Yale—to review in a blind test the processes and resulting documents.
Bottom line. The sites offer basic legal advice that might help save you money spent on a lawyer. If you use them for document prep, at minimum get all needed signatures to preserve your rights and prevent disputes, Silber says. But many consumers are better off consulting a lawyer. The websites let you search for one and provide such information as education, background, and licenses.