In Part I of this series, we explored the enforceability and trustworthiness of online legal forms and learned that there is more to effective and enforceable documents than nice-sounding language. This post discusses the services provided by online legal form providers (other than allowing you to download a standardized document that may or may not be legal, enforceable, or applicable to your situation).
What Services Do Online Form Providers Offer?
The terms and conditions of the top online legal forms providers make clear that, despite the implication that you can “Do it Yourself” with their forms, even they recognize that legal judgment is also needed in order to ensure that the “form” language you are purchasing makes sense for how you intend to use it.
One online form provider provides documents that they say they will guide you through, claiming:
These legal documents, forms and letters make it simple for you to create legally-binding agreements at no cost. Whether you’re documenting a deal, forming a business, or doing something as simple as selling a car, you’ll find free legal documents for almost any need.
But, they end this claim by acknowledging they can’t provide legal advice or exercise judgment:
And if you have any questions about our online documents or forms, we’re always happy to connect you with a lawyer to make sure everything is legal.
In other words, the form provider will not, in any way, guarantee that “everything is legal,” Continue reading Do Online Legal Forms Deliver on Their Promise to Save You Time and Money? PART II: What Do You Get With an Online “Legal” Form?