WHY NOT USE ON LINE DIY LEGAL SERVICES by Svetlana Minevich, Esq.  sminevich@kirschenbaumesq.com (516) 747-6700, ext. 326
Note: Sveltlana heads up our Estate Department and also specializes in our alarm litigation and collection practice in New Jersey.  
    There are ample reasons to hire a lawyer over LegalZoom. In estate planning, every situation is unique and requires personal attention of an experienced attorney. Because the law changes rapidly, LegalZoom cannot guarantee that all the information on the site is completely current. No general information or legal tool like the kind LegalZoom provides can fit every circumstance. We have a Trusts and Estates Department here at Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum managed by Svetlana Minevich, Esq. to help you with all of your estate planning needs.
    LegalZoom is not a law firm, and the employees of LegalZoom are not acting as your attorney. Moreover, LegalZoom does not practice law and does not give legal advice. LegalZoom’s service is simply a “do-it-yourself” service. On LegalZoom, the consumer answers an online questionnaire, and then the documents are prepared and returned to the consumer for use. While to you this may seem like good idea, you may not be aware of tax consequences if you choose a particular method/tool of estate planning. You may think you need just a simple will, but may end up needing something more than that in order for you to protect your assets. This is where you should consider hiring an attorney in order to achieve your estate goal.
    Furthermore, the site contains a general disclaimer of any attorney-client relationship and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Instead, you are representing yourself in any legal matter you undertake. The legal information on this site is not legal advice and is not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date. Therefore, if you need legal advice for your specific problem, or if your specific problem is too complex to be addressed LegalZoom, you should consult Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum, P.C. 
    At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. While the forms on LegalZoom are cheaper than hiring an attorney, the questions comes down to whether these forms are effective in allowing you to accomplish your legal goals. Essentially, forms without knowledge are just useless pieces of paper.
Svetlana Minevich, Esq
(516) 747-6700, ext. 326