Price shopping for legal services is often frowned upon by attorneys. Most attorneys refuse to provide quotes for legal services when they believe a prospective client is price shopping. Most people don’t realize, however, that with the help of a legal document preparer they can get favorable legal results without spending thousands of dollars. Read on to learn some valuable tips on price shopping for legal services.
Neil Buckley, Legal Services Board Chief Executive, stated the following about the research:
“This research demonstrates that it really does pay to shop around. For many consumers, substantial savings on commonly purchased legal services – especially those which do not require face to face delivery – can be made by searching the market…[t]he legal services market is changing and we are seeing numerous signs of innovation as new providers enter the market and existing providers develop their services. But there is still some way to go before all consumers can be confident of finding the legal service they need at a price they can afford. Firms who are yet to adapt will have to look at what their competitors are providing. This is a market with huge potential for delivering a better deal for consumers.”
This information provides great insights for consumers. Furthermore, the analysis can easily apply to consumers needing legal services in the United States, particularly in states that offer non-attorney options for legal document preparation. When searching for legal help, and particularly the services of a legal document assistant, check to see if the company has pricing clearly displayed on its website. Many companies hide fees and do not display them on their website. Often fees quoted by these companies cover only part of the services required to complete the process. Unsuspecting consumers are then faced with incurring extra costs down the road that they were not expecting. For example, this bait and switch tactic is often used with people filing divorce. Companies will quote a fee for filing a divorce. Only later does the consumer realize that “filing divorce” did not mean “complete the divorce” and are quoted more fees to get the necessary Judgment of Dissolution.
It is important to recognize, however, that getting the “best price” does not mean you will get the best (or even good) service. In addition to price shopping, you also need to do reputation shopping. How long has the company been in business? Is their website professional and informative? Do they have good online reviews by other customers? What is their rating with the Better Business Bureau?
Once you have verified the company’s reputation, you need to dig a little deeper to confirm exactly what services are being provided. How do they communicate with their customers? How promptly will a customer receive answers to questions? What services are covered by their fee? Does the company facilitate filing or processing the paperwork prepared?
A People’s Choice provides affordable legal document preparation services to California residents and others dealing with California legal issues. At A People’s Choice, we will provide full disclosure of the fees required to complete your case. Furthermore, fees for most of our services are clearly stated on our website and cover the standard required paperwork necessary to complete the process.
We believe offering a good price is only part of the equation. We believe in prompt communication and are a full-service legal document provider. This means we don’t leave our clients hanging, and monitor each case until the legal process we are handling is completed.
If you are price shopping for legal services, you will be happy to learn that using our service can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. You will also see that we have hundreds of satisfied clients who have taken the time to share their experience and given us five star ratings for the services we provided. Our reputation is one of high-quality, professionalism and prompt communication. From family law to estate planning, we can prepare and file all the documents you need to get a custody order or probate your loved one’s estate. With over 35 years of experience, we are able to handle most routine legal proceedings. Talk to us first before you hire a lawyer. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a lawyer to try to scare a person into retaining them for legal services by discussing various legal scenarios that likely won’t happen. Do not sign an attorney-client agreement without first researching all your legal service options.
Contact A People’s Choice today to discuss your document preparation requirements in details.
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