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The Problem with Do-It-Yourself Legal Services (and Our Solution)

Updated: May 21, 2022

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There are a few legal matters that a sizable number of Americans will have to deal with at some point — Divorce, estate planning (wills and trusts), real estate issues, and business law, to name a few. To respond to the demand of these common legal issues, countless online services have provided products and services to help consumers handle these matters on their own. Some you might have heard of include LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer, IncFile, UpCounsel, and Avvo. 

We should mention that many DIY legal services are legal in Arizona. However, that doesn’t mean using them is a good idea. Here are a few reasons why: 

  • Countless online legal services are not tailored to each state’s unique laws and statutes. For example, holographic (hand-written) Wills are recognized in Arizona but, generally, are not recognized in New Mexico. Even if a DIY service has provided a document that is recognized in your state, there’s no way to guarantee that it is in accordance with the latest laws and statutes.
  • You don’t know what you don’t know. Even the simplest of divorces deal with immeasurably complex laws. Just because you and your spouse agree on alimony doesn’t mean that amount is what’s ultimately fair. You could even be paying your ex-spouse longer than a judge would ultimately decide for the two of you.

There’s no denying the benefits of these DIY legal services, though. It’s far more convenient for busy people to pull up documents online when they have the time and fill out everything at their convenience. After all, who has the time to take hours out of their work days to meet with an attorney?  And, in the process pay more than DIY legal services. 

The Problem with Do-It-Yourself Legal Services

Monahan Law Firm has begun working with Rally Legal to help meet our clients where they are. When you fill out a contact form on our website, you will have access to a form that auto-populates based on the information you give us. After that, you will be able to review whichever document pertains to your legal matter (Last Will and Testament, power of attorney, revocable living trust, or petition for dissolution of marriage, to name a few). 

Then, once your form has been completed, you have the opportunity to meet with our legal team and go over the document to see if it will meet your needs and goals. The time you spend at your consultation will be maximized because we will have already reviewed your documents. The bottom line is that you can enjoy the convenience of DIY legal services with the help and expertise of an attorney while paying significantly less.

Monahan Law Firm is Here For You

Our Glendale, Arizona firm helps clients with a wide range of legal needs. From forming your LLC and creating partnership agreements to selling your business and handling litigation; from creating a prenuptial agreement to helping you through divorce and beyond; and establishing an estate plan that works for you and your family, we are proud to offer our client-focused services to honest and hardworking Arizonans. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Attorney Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan is the managing partner of Monahan Law Firm, PLC. Patrick began his legal career practicing real estate, construction, and general business litigation.
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