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    Legal Zoom?

    Has anyone used legal zoom?

    Is there any others like legal zoom??

    Your thoughts?

    thinking about getting a LLC in California.
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    AFAIK there are lots of incorporation services out there. Is there anything special about LegalZoom (besides a good reputation, which I assume they have)?

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    There is actually alot of threads in regards to LegalZoom http://www.webhostingtalk.com/search...rchid=18968481 Perhaps they can provide you with helpful information. Best of luck!
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    in the vast majority of states there is not a need for Legal Zoom as the states Secretary of State/Division of Corporations websites provide easy creations of various legal entities

    California is one of those that make it easy
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    Yes, the California SOS Web Site has detailed information and examples on forming your own business entity. There is no need for Legal Zoom.

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    We are using LegalZoom for our January, 1, 2010 switch over to LLC.

    I have a couple of friends and business partners that have used them with success. They pretty much get everything rolling for you. Granted if you have some extra time its not that hard to do it yourself. But for the small amount they charge why waste your time.

    That way if something happens the LLC is liable and I am no longer directly liable. Strange that many people think LLC protects the client, where as it shields the owner(s) more than anything else.

    Oh well it makes room for in house employees vs. strictly contractors under a Sole Proprietorship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annuit Cúptis View Post
    Yes, the California SOS Web Site has detailed information and examples on forming your own business entity. There is no need for Legal Zoom.
    Agree. Dont know about Cali specifically, but to do it in Illinois took about 15 minutes for the application, and 2 hours to process online. Then I had a copy of the AoI. Easy.
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    It looks like doing taxes really to me... I hate forms. LegalZoom had a few commercials is the reason why they popped up in my head.

    I noticed there were some talk on here about them, seems good tho the prices are high. Investment all by it self. =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    It looks like doing taxes really to me... I hate forms. LegalZoom had a few commercials is the reason why they popped up in my head.

    I noticed there were some talk on here about them, seems good tho the prices are high. Investment all by it self. =)

    It all depends on how much you value your time. If you value your time at say $50-$100/hr then it's a good value. But if you only value your time from $15-$35/hr its cheaper to do it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTrike View Post
    It all depends on how much you value your time. If you value your time at say $50-$100/hr then it's a good value. But if you only value your time from $15-$35/hr its cheaper to do it yourself.
    Wow, seriously it's a one page form you fill out and mail in. It's probably faster to do it yourself than to go through the Legal Zoom process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annuit Cœptis View Post
    Wow, seriously it's a one page form you fill out and mail in. It's probably faster to do it yourself than to go through the Legal Zoom process.
    I know what it takes, which is why I made my comments. I have found that running a business, paying other people to do things for you is more efficient. As that's what it takes to grow, there is a plateau effect of how much a single person can do. You might as well start off right(early) and delegate tasks to other people/companies. That way you are not afraid to let go when you NEED to. Which can lead to business failure, again this just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTrike View Post
    I know what it takes, which is why I made my comments. I have found that running a business, paying other people to do things for you is more efficient. As that's what it takes to grow, there is a plateau effect of how much a single person can do. You might as well start off right(early) and delegate tasks to other people/companies. That way you are not afraid to let go when you NEED to. Which can lead to business failure, again this just my opinion.
    I understand what you are saying, but for something like this, you have to give legalzoom the same information you would fill out on a form, so I really fail to see no matter how much you value your time for it to be more efficient because its the same amount of work, just costs more money. Something more labor intensive I can see it worthwhile but still not this.
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    They've got a great reputation online, so you shouldn't have any problem with them.
    As the others have suggested, see if your State has a simplified process online for doing it

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    Legal Zoom is a popular option, but in my opinion it still does not substitute for a attorney -- especially from an advice or "best practices" standpoint.

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    I've used LegalZoom and it does make the process easier, but filing for a LLC in California from personal experience is very straightforward with one form and a check.

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