Why Use LegalZoom?

Olivia Meadows
2 min readApr 23, 2021

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Sometimes it’s good to choose a third-party provider when starting your own business, but in this case, NAH. DIY! LegalZoom is one of many companies that offer third-party assistance to initiate your business, but here’s why you should think carefully before consulting a business formation service.

If you are interested in saving money, you can save a boatload of cash by going to your state’s business website and download the forms, or apply online to initiate your LLC or DBA. Why pay for additional fees when you can do it yourself for considerably less?

Most states have reasonable fees for initiating a business. For example, to start a LLC in the state of Florida, it cost around $160.00 and that includes your Registered Agent Fee that is required in Florida.

LegalZoom charges somewhere close to $393.00 for a similar package, and to file a Registered Agent Fee in the state of Florida is an additional $250.00 that is billed annually to your credit card to utilize LegalZoom as your Registered Agent.

The online application process with LegalZoom, in my opinion, is somewhat misleading because in the process of business formation, LegalZoom explains that most states require a Registered Agent, then shortly after — applicants see bold letters directing…