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LegalShield is a leader in prepaid legal services, with more than 40 years of experience, with competitive pricing and comprehensive coverage that make it an appealing choice for individuals, families or small businesses seeking prepaid legal services.
LegalShield also offers some features that other prepaid legal service providers don’t, like the ability to discuss preexisting legal matters, and coverage for attorney trial defense hours. LegalShield provides its members with access to some online legal forms, but primarily emphasizes attorney representation and service as opposed to legal form creation.
LegalShield puts its members in touch with an attorney within 8 hours or less following a request. For emergency matters, members receive 24-hour access through a dedicated phone line. LegalShield Members can also download a free mobile app for 24/7 help with covered legal issues, such as traffic tickets or arrests. If you’re not sure which plan you need, LegalShield has a unique “Plan Recommender” tool that asks you a few questions and recommends a plan based on your responses.
LegalZoom’s personal plan is called “Legal Advantage Plus Prepaid Legal Plan” and includes unlimited 30-minute consultations on new legal matters, and review of legal documents up to 10 pages. (For longer documents, flat fees apply.)
The 12-month plan also includes an annual legal checkup to review your estate plan. If you need more than a 30-minute consultation for the same legal matter, you may choose to retain a law firm at a 25% discount. Personal plans also include access to a wide selection of downloadable legal forms, and 10% savings on any LegalZoom legal document.
Legal Advantage Plus Plan members may receive legal advice on the following topics:
- Estate Planning
- Family Matters
- Employment Issues
- Tax Advice
LegalZoom’s Business Advisory Plan includes unlimited 30-minute consultations on new legal matters, contract and document review up to 10 pages, access to a tax professional, and unlimited downloads from LegalZoom’s legal form library.
Subscribers to the 12-month plan also receive an annual business consultation. As with LegalZoom’s personal legal plans, consultations lasting longer than 30 minutes are not included in the plan; nor are consultations regarding previously discussed legal matters. For more extensive legal assistance, LegalZoom does offer a 25% discount on attorney’s fees.
Rocket Lawyer offers monthly subscriptions with unlimited access to forms and attorney services. While Rocket Lawyer’s documents are also available on an à la carte basis, you may get better rates and more value by purchasing a monthly membership, especially since there is no penalty for cancellation. The Premium membership includes:
- Unlimited access to Rocket Lawyer’s comprehensive legal document library
- Attorney review
- 30 minutes with an attorney on every new legal matter
- Document protection
- Online signatures
- Secure cloud storage
If you want to try before you buy, Rocket Lawyer offers a free, one-week trial membership. You can create legal forms on a one-time basis, download, and then cancel your membership before it auto-renews.