Rocket Lawyer, founded in 2008, offers three main types of services for small businesses: 1) Create, customize and sign legal documents online (the primary service); 2) Ask a question to an on-call lawyer online; and 3) Incorporate and file formation documents for your new business. The primary difference is that Rocket Lawyer is mostly subscription-based, granting unlimited access to its resources for a monthly fee.
Rocket Lawyer offers more self-service options compared to LegalZoom, giving cash-strapped business owners more options and insights into filing legal paperwork on their own. While this leaves more of the onus on the business owner to file correctly and on time, Rocket Lawyer does still have attorney consultations available as part of its service (although not as in-depth as LegalZoom’s). It also has fewer opportunities to try and upsell users, partly because most of its services are included (and unlimited) as part of its membership fee. If your small business is likely to have straightforward ongoing legal needs, the price is definitely right.
How it works:
Legal Forms: Rocket Lawyer is primarily a self-service site featuring attorney-created and reviewed legal forms and documents, which you can customize and email for secure signature online. Your first legal form is free. Additional forms are $20 each, or unlimited as part of a flat monthly membership fee ($39.95 or $49.95)
Filings: If you’re incorporating a new business, you have two options. You can either download the Articles of Incorporation by state and file yourself, or you can pay to have Rocket Lawyer help you fill out and file the Articles of Incorporation online. Forming an LLC starts at $90, not including additional filing fees (the processing fees are $99.95 and the cost of a registered agent is $149.95). The processing fees and registered agent fees are waived for monthly members on the Accelerate Plan, $49.95/month. Getting an Employment Identification Number through Rocket Lawyer costs $60, and a DBA filing starts at $99.
Consultation: If you have a more specific legal issue or question, Rocket Lawyer also offers its Ask a Lawyer service, where users can ask a question to an on-call attorney who specializes in that area and get a response within minutes. They have an attorney directory with profiles that include schooling, experience, and reviews, so you can cross-reference against a broader online search. The Ask a Lawyer feature is only available to Rocket Lawyer members on the Accelerate Plan for $49.95/month.