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Starting a business requires legal paperwork like registering your business name, getting proper tax IDs and creating workplace policies — but most people who start businesses aren’t lawyers. Luckily, there are online legal services like Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom to help you through this complex process.
The list of services at both Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom is pretty comprehensive, and while not one online resource can offer everything you could possibly need, small-business owners will get more than a great head start on their legal filings with either Rocket Lawyer or LegalZoom.
The offerings at Rocket Lawyer will not only help you start your business, but also make sure you continue to operate your business with all the necessary legal requirements, as well as any additional documents you might want to have, but are not required.
LegalZoom has very similar offerings as Rocket Lawyer, so it might be hard to choose between the two solely based on the services and documents they offer.
This is where some real differences between Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom come into focus. Neither is necessarily better than the other, it just depends on your needs as a business owner.
Rocket Lawyer offers a few different pricing options, all of which could work for your business depending on the amount and type of documents/services your business needs.
LegalZoom has a bit of a different setup. There are no memberships, and every document and service is done on a per-item basis. Each service comes with its own package options and varies depending on document/service, as well as state. You will need to click on your areas of need to figure out package pricing and then look up your state for filing fees. For example, the pricing for a DBA is as follows:
If you want access to legal advice from LegalZoom, that does come in two different packages:
These two online legal services put together offer pretty comprehensive services and documents selections, but not everything about Rocket Lawyer or LegalZoom is going to be seen as positive for every business, and vice versa.
A version of this article was first published on Fundera, a subsidiary of NerdWallet