The Attorney/Client Privilege is one of the oldest, most respected and important privileges. The underlying purpose is to ensure that clients receive accurate and competent legal advice by encouraging full disclosure to their attorney without fear that the information will be revealed to others. It is often misunderstood and clients frequently have questions about what they can share with their attorney. 

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Any amount of time listening to a radio, watching television or searching for business law websites will lead you to an advertisement for Legal Zoom. A cursory review of Legal Zoom’s website may be enough to tell you how it differs from a real lawyer who provides real legal advice. The disclaimer on the bottom of the website states:

Communications between you and LegalZoom are protected by our Privacy Policy but not by the attorney-client privilege or as work product. LegalZoom provides access to independent attorneys and self-help services at your specific direction. We are not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. We cannot provide any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies

So the question becomes, when you are looking to start, grow or protect a business, would you utilize the services of a company that essentially disclaims any ability to provide you with legal services?  Further review of the Legal Zoom website will tell you that for $23.99 per month you can have access to a “real” attorney. For that fixed fee, you will get, “… unlimited 30-minute consultations on new business and personal legal matters for one low monthly rate.”  When I first started practicing law, I received the sage advice concerning legal fees, “You get what you pay for.”

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