Online Legal Services: The Fine Print – What They Say About UPL & Their Attorney Networks

Legal matching services by non-lawyer companies is becoming ubiquitous, but no matter what they seem to promise when marketing their services, the fine print tells the true story. These companies disavow any responsibility for the mistakes their attorneys might make, and often refuse to vet the qualifications of their network attorneys–and some won’t even guarantee that they are actually licensed attorneys.

See for yourself in the many examples below.

Rocket Lawyer – What they say about UPL (Unauthorized Practice of Law)

Rocket Lawyer is Not a Law Firm and Does Not Provide Legal Advice.

Rocket Lawyer provides a platform for legal information and self-help. The information provided by Rocket Lawyer along with the content on our website related to legal matters (“Legal Information”) is provided for your private use and does not constitute legal advice. We do not review any information you provide us for legal accuracy or sufficiency, draw legal conclusions, provide opinions about your selection of forms, or apply the law to the facts of your situation.

If you need legal advice for a specific problem, you should consult with licensed attorney. Neither Rocket Lawyer nor any Legal Information provided by Rocket Lawyer is a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney licensed to practice in an appropriate jurisdiction.

Your use of the Services does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Rocket Lawyer, or between you and any Rocket Lawyer employee or representative. Unless you are otherwise represented by an attorney, including a Participating Attorney, you represent yourself in any legal matter you undertake through our Services.

Rocket Lawyer – What they say about their lawyer network

Rocket Lawyer is an information provider and does not endorse or recommend any attorney, including any of the Participating Attorneys. Rocket Lawyer makes no representation or warranty as to the qualifications or competency of any Participating Attorney or as to the accuracy or completeness of any Participating Attorney’s work. ROCKET LAWYER SHALL HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RENDERED BY ANY ATTORNEY YOU ENCOUNTER ON OR THROUGH OUR WEBSITE, AND ANY — USE OR RELIANCE ON SUCH PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Attorney Profiles on our Website are Advertisements.

Attorney profiles on our website are advertisements and should be interpreted as such. Rocket Lawyer does not investigate, verify or warrant the accuracy of the information contained in any attorney profile on our website. Participating Attorneys are third-party independent contractors solely responsible for the advice they give, the services they provide and the representations about themselves they make. You are solely responsible for assessing the quality, integrity, suitability and trustworthiness of all persons with whom you communicate regarding your legal needs.

Avvo – What they say about UPL (Unauthorized Practice of Law)

The Legal Information posted on Avvo is intended for general informational purposes only and should be used only as a starting point for addressing your legal issues. The Legal Information is not the provision of legal services, and accessing such information, or corresponding with or asking questions to a lawyer via the Services, or otherwise using the Services, does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Avvo, or you and any lawyer. It is not a substitute for an in-person or telephonic consultation with a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction about your specific legal issue, and you should not rely on such Legal Information. You understand that questions and answers or other postings to the Services are not confidential and are not subject to attorney-client privilege.

Avvo – What they say about their lawyer network

Furthermore, you understand that Avvo cannot be held responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or legal services provided by lawyers you connect with via Avvo.

LawGives – What they say about UPL (Unauthorized Practice of Law)

LawGives is not a law firm, and the employees of LawGives are not acting as your attorney. LawGives does not practice law and does not give legal advice. By using LawGives, no attorney-client relationship will be created between you and LawGives. LawGives is merely assisting you in finding the appropriate help for your legal matters. The Services and Content are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

Furthermore, any legal information made available through the Services is not legal advice and is not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date.

LawGives – What they say about their lawyer network

LawGives cannot and does not represent, warrant or guarantee the truthfulness or accuracy of the credentials or identities of, and provided by, Users (defined to include “providers of legal help”)

Lawyers and Providers using the Services are not endorsed or approved by LawGives.

LawGives does not endorse or recommend any lawyer or law firm who advertises using our Services.

LegalZoom – What they say about UPL (Unauthorized Practice of Law)

At no time do we review your answers for legal sufficiency, draw legal conclusions, provide legal advice, opinions or recommendations about your legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms, or strategies, or apply the law to the facts of your particular situation. LegalZoom is not a law firm and may not perform services performed by an attorney. LegalZoom and its Services are not substitutes for the advice or services of an attorney.

LegalZoom – What they say about their lawyer network

LegalZoom does not endorse or recommend any lawyer or law firm who advertises on our site. We do not make any representation and have not made any judgment as to the qualifications, expertise or credentials of any participating lawyer. The information contained on this site is not legal advice. Any information you submit through this site may not be protected by attorney-client privilege and may be provided to attorneys for the purpose of determining your need for legal services.

LawDepot – What they say about UPL (Unauthorized Practice of Law)

A Peace of Mind Review is where our staff reviews your answers to ensure that they are complete and consistent with each other as well as check your spelling and grammar. The details for requesting your review are provided in a message through our Email Us page after you first purchase your review. Legal Advice, Information and Decision Making Responsibility LawDepot™ is not a law firm and does not provide Legal Advice (as defined below). Your use of the Site or any LawDepot™ service does not create a solicitor-client relationship between you and LawDepot™. You agree that all decisions you make on legal matters are your full responsibility and you agree to retain legal counsel licensed to practice in your jurisdiction regarding any legal issue of enough importance to reasonably require it. You agree that LawDepot™ does not provide Legal Advice. If you receive any communication from LawDepot™, its agents, its employees or any other associated entity, which is Legal Advice, you agree that it is NOT a communication authorized by LawDepot™ and you agree to immediately delete and disregard it.

For the purposes of these Terms, Legal Advice is defined to include the following:
• any legal related communication, work or service which, under the governing law of your jurisdiction, is only allowed to be performed by or under the supervision of a properly licensed attorney;
• advice on which legal document or documents you need or are best for your situation;
• determining the legal consequences that will or could result from how you have created your legal document;
• whether you have included inappropriate, conflicting, or ambiguous information in your legal documents;
• whether you have omitted any necessary provisions or details from your legal documents; and
• whether you require any additional legal documents or legal procedures.