Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five affordable legal resources.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five affordable legal resources.

Navigating the law is complicated for business owners. The high price of lawyers and legal teams may seem daunting, but there are affordable options. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you find accessible legal advice and assistance at low cost.

 

How much it costs: Monthly plans starting at $39.00

What it does: Legal Shield is a low-cost law firm that has plans specifically for small businesses. Their plans are broken down by how many employees you have and in which state your business is located. In addition to unlimited legal consultation, monthly plans include a number of calls each year, collection letters each month, and legal document review each year. They even have a free mobile app for on-the-go assistance. If you need representation or additional services, Legal Shield offers a 25% discount towards your lawyer’s normal rate. This resource is perfect for small businesses that need reoccurring, but simple legal needs.

 

How much it costs: Free

What it does: This free resource is great if you need quick legal advice but don’t want to pay for a lawyer. The process is simple and easy-to-use: fill out some basic information about your business and your question, and you will have the opportunity to contact someone near you for help. Lawyers.com also has good articles about small business law.

 

How much it costs: Free resources with paid extra services

What it does: Legal Zoom offers many different services and tools. Business advisory plans include telephone consultation, legal document review, and a yearly “legal check-up” to make sure your business is in compliance with the law. You can also download legal forms and documents at a low cost to use as many times as your business needs. There are so many plans for different needs, check out this affordable resource whether you need general advice or help with specific legal issues.

 

How much it costs: Monthly plans starting at $39.95

What it does: Rocket Lawyer specializes in three areas of legal assistance: legal documents, attorney consultation, and business incorporation. Premium and accelerate plans are available for a one week trial if you think you might be interested in paying for their services.

 

How much it costs: Free

What it does: The American Bar Association partnered with FindLegalHelp.org to provide you information and assistance. If you have a special circumstance or qualify as low-income, this is a fantastic resource for inexpensive or pro bono legal help.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool you’d like to share with fellow business owners, contact us at sblending@opportunityfund.org.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


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