General guidelines can’t be applied to every business. Legal self-help websites have their uses: they provide a mile-high view of the legal process, act as a good first stop for learning the basics before speaking to a professional, and serve as a useful provider in fulfilling certain procedural hurdles, like states’ registered agent requirements. However, it is important to understand that because these websites are not authorized to practice law, they may not give direct legal advice.
A self-help website isn’t watching your back. These websites won’t follow up with you regarding ongoing issues, or give any assurance that all legal requirements were met.
The initial intention to save money can backfire — badly. People avoid attorneys and consult legal self-help websites to save money in the moment, but they inevitably run into legal problems.
Photo by David Bruce Jr.
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