Rocket Lawyer Review: Online Legal Services
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Rocket Lawyer is like having your own personal legal team to help you out with all your legal troubles. They feature a vast range of legal options to choose from and offer outstanding customer service to their members. If you are looking for a one-time legal fix, you might find it harder to utilize Rocket Lawyer's services.
Rocket Lawyer's pricing is much different than other legal services sites. They only offer membership fees, which is akin to having a legal team on hand at all times. If you have a lot of legal needs, this is actually a cheaper option in most cases.
A Basic Legal Plan gets you access to all of Rocket Lawyer's personal documents for you and your family for $9.99/mo for the annual plan, or $19.99/mo if you want to pay monthly. The Pro Legal Plan gets you access to all of Rocket Lawyer's business and personal documents for $33.25/mo for the annual plan, or $39.95/mo if you want to pay monthly. Both plans include a 7-day free trial and a 40% discount on Rocket Lawyer On Call, which connects you with local attorneys in your area.
If you are only looking for one-time legal services, Rocket Lawyer's free membership can also be a cheap, helpful alternative, but it only includes preparation of one document and you will have to print and file the document yourself. You can also sign up for the monthly service and suspend your account after a month if you need to. Just make sure to call Rocket Lawyer and have your account suspended or your card will automatically be charged each month. Even with the one-time membership fee, this ends up being a much cheaper option than most other online legal services sites.
Rocket Lawyer is the Swiss Army Knife of legal services. First, they have the widest variety of services and forms that we saw when reviewing legal services. From forming a business to applying for a passport, Rocket Lawyer covers everything from big to small. In addition, they offer both do-it-yourself, downloadable government forms if you want to handle things yourself, as well as a preparation service that will complete and file the forms for you.
One of the greatest features that Rocket Lawyer offers is the free Legal Checkup. Once you sign up for the service, Rocket Lawyer will ask you to answer some questions in the free Legal Checkup to help them determine what forms you might be looking for. It's a good feature to use if you are not sure how to proceed or what forms you'll need.
Rocket Lawyer has three options of services to help you with your legal issues. The first and most simple is the downloadable forms. These are government forms that you can fill out and file yourself. Once you click on the form you want, Rocket Lawyer automatically downloads the form for you in an easy-to-use PDF format.
The second option is the coolest in our opinion. They are simple legal forms that you may still need assistance with. Once you click on the form that you want, Rocket Lawyer brings up a blank version of the PDF form in a window displayed underneath some questions you will need to answer in order to fill out the form. Once you start answering questions, Rocket Lawyer will start to auto-populate the answers into the PDF, giving you a completed form you can download and print out.
The third option is for those complicated legal forms, such as forming an LLC. Like most other legal services, Rocket Lawyer walks you through a series of questions about your business (or other legal issue) to narrow down what forms you will need and what information will need to be included on those forms. They will then assist you in filing those forms with the proper government agency.
All three options are extremely helpful and easy to use. In addition, Rocket Lawyer also constructs a home page for each of their members, which displays all the documents you are working on, as well as the next steps you need to take and your overall Legal Health Score, which is determined by how far you are in completing all your documents.
Since Rocket Lawyer has such a wide range of features, they have two forms of navigation to help you narrow down the forms you'll need. The first is a menu at the top of the page that breaks down the documents into Personal and Professional, and then further breaks them down based on what kind of documents you might be looking for. If you are looking for something specific, this isn't the best option. For that, you might want to use the search function, although this can be overwhelming because it usually returns a large amount of documents. Make sure to be specific when you are searching.
Rocket Lawyer offers many ways for their members to get in contact with them. Their toll-free number (available Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. PT) connects you to a maze of automated options, but once you get a representative on the phone, they are friendly and extremely helpful. The chat function on the site isn't so much a chat function as a way for you to ask a question and get an automated answer, although it will allow you to email that question to a representative if you wish. All of the support options we tried out were quick, useful and friendly.
Rocket Lawyer is a well-organized, helpful service that makes filling out legal forms easy. Its vast range of documents and forms make it a great place to find all the specific legal documents you will need. And the membership fees make it a cheaper alternative for those looking for continuing legal advice. Overall, a very useful site with a lot of cool features.
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