Sunday, July 31, 2011

Class Action Claims Online Legal Forms (like "Legal Zoom") Pose Threat To Consumers.

A few days ago, The Wall Street Journal law blog posted (here) that a case I reported about back in February of 2010 (here where you can find a copy of the complaint and more links) is now set for trial on August 22.  The case involves a class action filed in Missouri claiming that, which sells do-it-yourself wills, leases and other documents online, is illegally practicing law in the state of Missouri. 

This is not a new issue.  In fact, back in November 2010, the Pennsylvania Bar issued an opinion concluding that many online legal document preparation services, including many of the services provided by LegalZoom, constitute the unauthorized practice of law. The opinion is here. LegalZoom's response is available here.

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