|Industry||Legal Document Assistant Services|
|Founded||March 12, 2001|
|Founder(s)||Brian P. Y. Liu
Brian S. Lee
Edward R. Hartman
|Area served||United States|
|Key people||John Suh, CEO|
LegalZoom.com, Inc. is an online legal documentation service that was founded by Brian P. Y. Liu, Brian S. Lee, Edward R. Hartman, and Robert Shapiro. In addition to providing online document assembly of legal documents, LegalZoom provides a legal education center and articles on the legal aspect of current events.
LegalZoom began offering legal services products to the public on March 12, 2001. Lee, Hartman, and Liu felt that since they were unknowns, they needed to attach someone to the company that people trusted. They came up with a list of potential candidates and decided on Robert Shapiro. Lee got Shapiro's phone number and called him at 10pm believing he would be leaving a voice mail, but Shapiro personally answered the phone and after discussion, liked the concept.
In September 2012 it was announced that LegalZoom had formed a partnership with the United Kingdom-based legal services provider QualitySolicitors, as part of which the companies will jointly offer online legal services in the United Kingdom including company formations and divorce documents.
On January 6, 2014 European private capital firm Permira announced its intent to acquire $200 million in the outstanding equity of LegalZoom and become its largest shareholder pending regulatory approval.
LegalZoom provides legal document creation services in various common categories including copyrights, DBAs, divorce, immigration, business formation, trusts, wills, name changes, patents, power of attorney, pre-nuptial agreements, real estate leases, trademarks, estate and personal planning. The company also provides a directory of attorneys as a certified California attorney referral service.
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