We all know that legal services can cost a pretty penny. Lawyer’s fees can be simply out of reach for some. Or you may have an issue that doesn’t involve enough money to make retaining counsel cost effective.
Fortunately, there are online resources to assist many with routine legal documents. Generating a lease to rent out a basement apartment, writing a simple will, incorporating a company, or writing a loan agreement. All of these, and many more, can be done expeditiously using online document providers.
It is important to keep in mind that online legal forms are not a replacement for personalized legal advice from a licensed professional, nor are they meant to be.
Why use them then? Glad you asked!
Sometimes, let’s face it, there is no other means. Almost any lawyer will tell you you should have a will. This is particularly true if you are a parent. You may be just starting out and not have any assets to speak of, but at the very least you will want to appoint a guardian for your children. Right now though, coming up with money for diapers and baby food is a stretch. An online Will can address your needs at a price you can afford. You can always create a new one once you have built up a vast financial empire, right?
Similarly, you might be dealing in familiar territory. If you have used an agreement many times in the past and simply want an efficient means to generate new ones, this might be just the ticket. You do not need, or want, legal advice every time.
Most form providers periodically monitor changes in relevant law, and adjust their forms and inputs accordingly. This can save you a lot of headaches. The peace of mind this provides is probably worth the fees by itself.
Please find below some links to assist in creating some of the aforementioned documents. Please note that you will be taken to the form provider’s website in order to create your document.
A lease for that basement apartment:
Do-it-yourself Residential Rental/Lease Agreement
A Will to protect you and your family:
Do-it-yourself Last Will and Testament
How to incorporate your own company to start on that vast financial empire:
Do-it-yourself Incorporation Package (Federal)
A loan agreement to protect you and your friend that you borrowed money from:
Do-it-yourself Loan Agreement