How We’re Different from LegalZoom®
We know that legal document services like LegalZoom® are the major players in purchasing wills online. But we believe these websites lack a very important piece of the estate planning puzzle: the endorsement of actual attorneys during the review process and the continued backing of an actual law firm while the will remains valid.
Here are claims and statements made by LegalZoom® and our thoughts on what makes GranatWills™ and the SmarterWill idea different.
|LegalZoom® Says||Why Granat Wills™.com powered by Smarter Will, is Different|
|“At no time do we review your answers for legal sufficiency, draw legal conclusions, provide legal advice or apply the law to the facts of your particular situation.”||LegalZoom’s ® “legal review” only reviews for things like spelling errors. Our attorney-review process goes deeper. If our attorneys spot inadequacies in your Maryland Will document, we’ll bring it to your attention and offer solutions.|
|“LegalZoom® is not permitted to engage in the practice of law.”||Call us crazy, but this statement seems counter intuitive when you’re purchasing a will or estate planning documents. Granat Wills is powered by an actual, established law firm. And, yes, we ARE permitted in the state of Maryland to engage in the practice of law.|
|“‘As an attorney, I have been pleasantly surprised with the ease and efficiency of LegalZoom…'” (Featured quote on LegalZoom.com)||You shouldn’t need a law degree to feel confident about your online will. If you’re not an attorney yourself, it’s wise to have one on your side. That’s what Granat Wills provides.|
|“You don’t need an attorney or a lot of time to create a custom, high-quality will.”||We passionately disagree. Your legal documents should be attorney reviewed to make sure your wishes are clear. But we do agree that you don’t need a lot of time to get it done.|
|“This site is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship… Instead, you are representing yourself in any legal matter you undertake through LegalZoom’s® legal document service.”||With LegalZoom®, you’ll get a will but nothing more. The liability remains on you and your family. We think that’s a problem. When you purchase from Granat Wills, you become a part of our law firm’s community and receive our support.|
|“LegalZoom® was developed by expert attorneys with experience at the most prestigious law firms in the country.”||While LegalZoom® was created by attorneys, these attorneys are not reviewing your legal documents or giving you legal advice like our attorneys do for Granat Wills. Just because an attorney is involved in drafting a form, doesn’t mean that a complex document will fir the specific facts of your individual situation. This statement by LegalZoom™ is simply disingenuous and misleading.|
|“LegalZoom® creates more wills than anyone.”||At Granat Wills, we believe quality trumps quantity when it comes to legal documents. That’s why we focus specifically on Maryland law only.
|“Save on legal fees.”||Our legal fees are the same or less that LegalZoom® charges for equivalent legal documents, plus you do’t get any legal advice when you buy from LegalZoom® For example, we charge $200.00 for our SmarterWill Pack for a married couple. For the equivalent package of documents, you would pay LegalZoom™ $345.90, almost double our legal fee. That’s a lot of money for just a set of legal forms without legal advice.
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*These statements appeared throughout LegalZoom.com as of March 1, 2011. All quoted content is copyright of LegalZoom.com. LegalZoom® is a registered trademark of LegalZoom, Inc.