Who Needs a Service Level Agreement (SLA)?

In circumstances where you are paying for a service which is being delivered by a third party you should have a legally enforceable Service Level Agreement (SLA) in place. Without a clear Service Level Agreement it is difficult to get clear visibility of what you are paying for – or take action when you are not getting the service you requested. We describe the process of using SLAs to ensure you get the service you want as Service Assurance.

Some industries have additional requirements for Service Level Agreements – particularly where they are highly regulated – and the Regulators demand evidence that all Service Providers are managed consistently and effectively. In these cases not only do the people in these industries need SLAs but they need to show that they are managing them. This would include the Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Energy and Telecoms Industry.

Control over Service Delivery – Service Assurance

Organisations increasingly rely on external third parties to deliver core services to their organisations. These services can include facilities management, recruitment, information technology services, document storage, business continuity services etc. It is essential for these organisations to maintain acceptable levels of service in these areas. Traditionally when these services were provided by employees normal management control could have been exerted over their performance. Where services are sourced from external parties it is necessary to implement a formal legal basis to ensure satisfactory service delivery. This legal basis is a service contract with a Service Level Agreement. By clearly identifying specific metrics for each service to be provided client organisations can ensure that they get the service they expect. Please read our article on creating SLAs for more information.

In recent times we have seen organisation baseline service performance expectations at reasonably low levels – where providers exceed the performance targets and provide an even higher level of service they receive bonus payments. This replaces the older approach of ‘penalising’ service providers where performance was in breach of the Service Level Agreement. This newer approach offers many advantages- including a much simpler enforcement mechanism.

In all cases service assurance means more than simply putting an SLA in place. Where a firm implements a best practice Service Management Process they will be regularly monitoring the SLAs they have in place – this means that they will consistently receive updates from their service providers on how they are performing against service levels. In some cases Clients receive performance reports in excel or hard copy format from Service Providers. More recently organisations are starting to use online Service Management Solutions like ServiceFrame(TM) to manage Service Level Agreements. These solutions offer significant advantages over more traditional approaches to managing SLAs, including:

o option to access all SLAs through an easy to use web-based tool

o options to view all SLA performance using an intuitive ‘traffic light’ colour coded dashboard

o be alerted when service providers are underperforming

o run reports on SLA performance

SLA management is covered in more detail in our article Managing SLAs

Service Level Agreements in Regulated Environments

If you work in an environment which is regulated then it is worth investigating whether there are specific requirements in relation to the way in which you can outsource services. There are many examples of these types of Regulations. It is important to conduct an analysis of your particular situation to understand which regulations are appropriate.

The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 stipulated that where third party services directly impact financial reporting or internal control management activities, a company’s management is responsible for evaluating the design and effectiveness of the control structure in place, both within the third-party provider and between the two organisations. In these circumstances management must evaluate outsourcing provider’s internal controls within resource and time constraints. Outsourcing organisation must provide assurance about the controls they have in place for customers.

The Committee of European Banking Supervisors published guidelines in relation to outsourcing in December 2006. The guidelines are consistent with the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that Financial Institutions are adequately managing the risks associated with Outsourcing. The guidelines note that ‘In managing its relationship with an outsourcing service provider an outsourcing institution should ensure that a written agreement on the responsibilities of both parties and a quality description is put in place’.

Most regulatory environments share a concern to ensure that the responsibilities between client and service provider are clearly documented – this means that a Service Level Agreement needs to be put in place. In addition most requirements call for active management of service contracts. Management of SLAs requires a proportionate activity – it is necessary to put a process in place to ensure that risk is covered. We believe that manual processes of managing SLAs can prove to be time consuming and costly. Traditional IT intensive systems for SLA monitoring have been very expensive but also relatively ineffective. New Service Management and Service Assurance tools such as ServiceFrame(TM) take advantages of easy deployment options offered by Software as a Service as well as very intuitive user interfaces.

Pre-Paid Legal Review – The Truth About Pre-Paid Legal Services You Need to Know

History of Prepaid Legal Services

It all started in 1969 when Harland Stoneciper was involved in a serious automobile accident. Even though the accident was no fault of his own his medical bills escalated while he was attempting to get covered for his bills through his insurance company. This inspired Harland to find a better way for people to get covered without having an accident actually break them.

What is Prepaid Legal?

Prepaid Legal is a network of independent law firm professionals that have come together to provide legal services to members of the Prepaid Legal business. This plan provides individual members all kinds of legal services. Anything for writing a will, attorney consultations, traffic tickets, and general trial defence right up to criminal related offences for automobile-related accidents and much more.

Not only that but Identity Theft has become a growing concern with the use of the Internet. Prepaid Legal has a team of experts that will give you the ability to wipe your hands clean of all the hassle that comes with Identity Theft. The team of experts will work to get your Identity back as if it was never stolen.

Things to Consider

Even if you are not looking for a business the services provided can give you great peace of mind knowing that you have a team of legal professionals that can help you out in any legal battle.

If you are looking at Prepaid Legal as a business do not quit your job just quite yet. You need to understand that the business model is great but it could take you quite some time before you actually see substantial income.

Even though Prepaid Legal is an established company with legal great services you need to take a serious look as to whether you have what it takes to be successful in the business. Unfortunately following their business plan of making a list of 200 people you know and simply sharing it is not near as effective as you may be lead to believe. I mean think about it would you start any kind of retail business and just share it with family and friends and expect that business to survive?

The upside is that Prepaid Legal can be a very profitable business is you understand how to market. The Internet is one of the most powerful tools out there in the industry today and if utilized properly you can grow a huge organization without ever leaving your home. As powerful as the Internet is it can also be very dangerous and if you do not know what you are doing you can get hurt real quick.

If you understand how to position yourself as a leader and an expert in the legal industry and get people reaching out to you each and every day that already have a want, need or desire for your services or business you will do very well. Understanding who is your targeted market is another crucial point. You may think well everybody needs this but the truth is they may but whether they think they need it or not is another thing.

So before jumping into Prepaid Legal or any other network marketing business do your homework and find out what you need to learn to be successful. If you do not want to educate yourself on running a successful business on the Internet you may want to just consider being a consumer of the products rather than being a business owner.

Prepaid Legal Leads – Don’t Waste Your Money Buying Leads When You Can Generate Them Online For Free

Over the years, Prepaid Legal Services have become one of the largest and most successful network marketing companies in the industry. They offer a variety of identity theft and legal-protection services and also has an income opportunity attached for someone that wants to become a distributor and re-sell their services.

Just like with every network marketing opportunity, there are some concerns about starting a business opportunity with Prepaid Legal.

How are you going to go about building YOUR business with Prepaid Legal? Who are your prospects? Where will you get leads? How are you going to generate a steady flow of income?

Prepaid Legal is one of the oldest and most established network marketing companies out there. With that being said, they encourage their distributors to use marketing techniques that worked better years ago. These strategies consist of hitting up your “warm market”. Depending on your friends, family, co-workers and everyone in your social circle to grow your business. They are not true qualified leads.

Prepaid Legal also encourages their distributors to use the “3 foot rule”. This is where you approach random people whenever you go out into public and talk to anyone within 3 feet of you and present them with Prepaid Legals services and business opportunity. This technique was effective back in the 60’s and 70’s, but nowadays, it simply positions their distributors as a desperate salesperson looking to make a quick buck. You might get a couple of leads that way, but still not the high quality leads you are looking for,

Don’t get me wrong, someone could absolutely make tons of money with the services and products provided by Prepaid Legal. The key to finding the prospects and leads that you are looking for is learning how to use effective marketing techniques. Trying to build a six-figure income depending on friends, family, and “3 footers” is inviting frustration, struggle and heart ache into your life. These techniques work for very few.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Over 95% of all network marketers are failing to make money in their business opportunity. Chasing folks around and trying to “sell” and “convince” them on the legitimacy of your product and Prepaid Legal opportunity is much less fun than talking to people that have already expressed a direct interest in what you offer and sought you out. These are the leads that you are looking for.

So how do you do that? What you have to realize is that when you start a business opportunity with Prepaid Legal is that it is just that. A BUSINESS! In order for businesses to stay profitable and bring in constant cash flow is they market and promote their business so that they have people coming to them.

You want to leverage the right kind of tools that will give you the best results for your time. The best tool for any network marketing business today is marketing over the internet. Leveraging the internet and utilizing online marketing strategies will bring in massive traffic to your site with true prospects and leads that are already interested in what you are offering, leaving YOU their information WANTING you to contact them!

There are plenty of FREE, low cost and paid marketing strategies and techniques that you can use today over the internet to generate 30-50 fresh, qualified leads every day and I can show you what they are right now!

Top Tips in Hiring a Traffic Engineering Expert Witness

Road accidents happen almost everyday. On their website, the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) reports that there are approximately 1.3 million deaths caused by road accidents every year. The ASIRT also mentions that there are close to 50 million people who get injured because of these accidents. At times, traffic engineering expert witnesses are needed during litigation.

To prevent these numbers from increasing over the years, the government, with the help of private organizations such as the ASIRT, has been creating and strictly implementing traffic rules and regulations. These rules are intended for only one thing, and that is to protect both motorists and pedestrians from getting involved in any vehicular accidents.

But no matter how strict the government tries to implement all these road rules, there are still many reckless motorists who make our roads unsafe to drive in. So if you get involved in an accident, the second most valuable person that you should get in touch with is a traffic engineering expert witness. Aside from a lawyer, a traffic engineering expert can help you win your case.

But if you flip the expert witness directory, you will be greeted by a number of expert witnesses that it can be difficult to choose which one can give you the best services. So to help you make the right decisions, here are some tips and guidelines.

First, be very specific about the expert’s area of expertise or scope of responsibility. For instance, you will meet a traffic engineering specialist who claims to be highly trained on the construction and maintenance of the different traffic control systems. You may also come across an engineering expert who specializes in traffic zones, traffic signals, and pedestrian safety. So choose the one whose expertise is directly related to your case.

Next, take a look at the number of cases that he testified in. This is to give you an idea of his experience in the courtroom. Also, check the types of cases he testified in. What kind of legal proceedings did he take part in? What is his style? What kind of services does he offer? Set aside some time to examine his portfolio.

Last, it helps to check with other sources for complaints, ratings, and feedback. For instance, if you want to hire from a company, you may want to head over to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check for both positive and negative feedback. Or you can ask recommendations from previous clients so you can check the traffic engineering expert witness’s credibility.

Deceptive Website Legal Forms Result In $359 Million FTC Settlement

In a recent settlement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made it clear that deceptive website legal forms, particularly those that support “free” offers, will not be tolerated.

According to the FTC, the deceptive marketing schemes employed by the defendants netted over $450 million in sales. The result – the FTC came down hard on the defendants, with one individual defendant giving up all the money in his bank accounts, his house, automobile, and other personal property.

The takeaways from this settlement provide clear guidelines for all Internet marketers, particularly those who with sites that use “Free” offers as a lure for upsells to provide recurring revenue, or so-called “continuity” websites.

The Marketing Schemes

The offers were for products with broad market appeal, including weight-loss pills, teeth whiteners, health supplements, work-at-home options, access to government grants, free credit reports, and penny auctions.

A key factor in the marketing scheme was the lure of “free” offers, including “free” trials. Consumers were often charged a monthly fee, typically $79.95, plus additional monthly recurring fees for “bonus” offers and upsells.

Another key factor in the marketing scheme was significant leverage through affiliates – who drove traffic to the websites with the offers through widespread use of banner ads, pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, and unsolicited email. Affiliates were paid commissions for the sales resulting from traffic sent to the offering websites.

The Devil Is In The Details

Neither of the above key factors in the marketing scheme are per se illegal. The problem, according to the FTC, is in the details of how the defendants used the key factors to deceive consumers in violation of the FTC Act.

The following checklist summarizes the deceptive elements alleged by the FTC.

* Misrepresentations About “Free”, “Risk-Free”, and “Bonus”. The primary lures for consumers were the “Free” offers. The defendants induced consumers to provide their credit or debit card information by falsely promising that the product or service could be acquired on a “free” or “risk-free” trial basis while only paying a nominal shipping and handling fee. Some offers represented that the consumer would receive a product or service as a “bonus” for simply signing up. In fact, consumers were charged for products or services that they didn’t know about or had not agreed to purchase, and in some cases the charges were recurring on a monthly basis. The process for cancelling these charges or obtaining refunds involved separate time-consuming phone calls and other steps designed to significantly increase difficulty.

* Failure to Disclose, or Deceptive Disclosure of, Additional Charges. Despite the “free” offers, there were additional charges. In some cases there was no disclosure of additional charges. In many cases, there were disclosures regarding the additional charges, but the disclosures were not in a clear and understandable manner. Additional terms were buried in a separate “terms and conditions” page loaded with “lengthy, legalistic fine print” that was not accessible from the ordering page. Consumers were not required to click on an “I Agree” button to indicate acceptance with the “terms and conditions” page.

* Deceptive Refund Policies. Another significant lure for consumers were generous refund offers. Promises included “100% Satisfaction Guarantee”, “Risk Free Guarantee”, and “Easy Money Back Guarantee… Just Follow the 3 Easy Steps”. In fact, refund requests were denied, of if promised, they were never issued. In many cases consumers had to resort to complaints to law enforcement or the Better Business Bureau to actually get a refund.

* Failure to Disclose, or Deceptive Disclosure of, Limitations on Cancellations and Refunds. Despite the refund offers, there were limitations on cancellations and refunds which were either not disclosed or not adequately disclosed.

* False and Unsubstantiated Efficacy Claims. The defendants did not possess or rely upon a reasonable basis to substantiate their advertising claims on banner ads approved by the defendants for use by affiliate marketers.

* False Celebrity and Other Endorsements. The defendants displayed images of celebrities on their websites without permission and falsely represented that these celebrities endorsed the defendants’ products. In addition, logos for prominent news entities were displayed with statements such as “Featured On” and “As Seen On TV”, when in fact none of these entities endorsed or positively reported on any of the products.

* Evading Risk Management Rules to Obtain Merchant Accounts. The defendants submitted inaccurate financial information to merchant banks in order to retain or obtain merchant credit card processing accounts.

The Settlement

The settlement included substantial payments by the defendants from the sale of business and personal assets. In addition, the defendants’ were enjoined for future violations of the deceptive practices discussed above.

Finally, regarding their affiliates, the defendants were ordered:

* to disclose to all affiliates that engaging in deceptive practices would result in immediate termination, and

* to monitor affiliate activities monthly for violations.

Conclusion – Important Settlement Takeaways

Most of the takeaways from this settlement are obvious egregious violations. However, there are three takeaways that are perhaps no so obvious, but which are significant for Internet marketers:

* reliance on disclosures or disclaimers in website legal documents alone is not enough to avoid liability; in this case there were disclosures regarding additional charges and refunds limitations, but they were buried in the “fine print”, and therefore, they were not clearly and conspicuously disclosed in order to avoid consumer deception;

* even if disclosures are clearly and conspicuously disclosed, using “Free” offers as a lure for upsells, particularly if the upsells involve recurring revenue (continuity plans), will always be a red flag issue, and therefore, attract close scrutiny by the FTC; and

* using affiliates to advertise and drive traffic for sales does not absolve an Internet marketer merchant from liability for the affiliates’ deceptive practices; monitoring of affiliate marketing practices and termination of offending affiliates is required.

This article is provided for educational and informative purposes only. This information does not constitute legal advice, and should not be construed as such.

Pre-Paid Legal Overview – Judging Pre-Paid Legal Wealth Creation

An Initial Assessment of Pre-Paid Legal

Pre-Paid Legal is a company offering law services to Americans who find themselves in a jam. It’s also a network marketing opportunity that may provide numerous benefits to its representatives, if properly executed.

America is known as a land of lawyers and lawsuits, so the company claims that there is certainly no shortage of legal services needed. In fact, they say that altogether, 70% of US households report “experiencing some event in the past twelve months that might have led them to hire a lawyer.”

Common occurrences include creditor trouble, moving traffic violations, wills and estate planning, mortgage refinancing, real estate transactions, and damage to property or automobile.

In fact, it’s more likely that you will be sued in America than hospitalized.

So how does that translate into financial opportunity for marketers, with little experience in the law field?

How Does the Legal Services Market Work?

The initial investment in Pre-Paid Legal is $249. That investment helps you get started with support, sales aids and materials, field training, and access to a range of marketing supplies.

With any MLM program, the success rate depends upon your hard work and dedication. But the potential earnings appear high, from materials provided by Pre-Paid Legal.

It’s possible to make daily commissions, get advance commissions, and build a team who will work in your “downline.” Essentially, a percentage of all legal service sales belong to you, and other bonuses and incentives apply as well.

What Are The Negatives of Investing?

The investment in the company is relatively small – a one time fee of $249. But before jumping into an investment and spending countless hours working on your new business, it’s important to learn all the details of exactly how the opportunity works.

In many cases, companies expect their representatives to start small and grow. But a big part of that is the notion of starting small, by selling services to family and friends. Especially in this industry, it’s important to gain momentum early on, with a large and targeted client base. Simply relying on your family to help keep your new business afloat will not only cause strain on the family, but on your finances, too.

Instead, it may be a good idea to start big and grow even greater momentum. By leveraging the internet, creating a credible website that gets targeted traffic, and converting sales into team partners, high levels of success are possible.

This type of specialized technique is something nearly anyone can learn. Many have already made use of the various independent materials available to them to learn, grow, and create lifelong success.

Ideas To Help You Get Legally Married In Italy

Italy is the romance capital of the world and many couples choose to marry in this beautiful country. Being aware of the legal requirements involved is important in order for you to avoid problems in registering and being legally married in this country.

In order to be married you must first apply for what is called a Nulla Osta which is required by the Italian government by any couple who intends to wed. The steps that must be taken to obtain one of these depends on your country of origin but they are relatively simple.

There are a number of documents you may have to hand in to receive a Nulla Osta. These include, but may not be limited to, your birth certificate, divorce papers (if you have been previously married) and other passport. Only originals or certified copies are allowed.

Once you are married in Italy you will receive a marriage certificate. When you arrive back in your home country it is important that you register the marriage in your own country. This can easily be done by handing in the certificate to the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths.

Depending on your country of origin, there may be other requirements that need to be met before you are allowed to get married in Italy and it is important to have all of this information before you begin planning your big day.

Information regarding legal marriages in Italy can be found by calling the Italian Embassy in your city. This might be the best option whether you are certain you have all of the information or not as they can verify that you have taken all of the appropriate steps and you can legally be married in the beautiful country of Italy without any worries or problems.

Kimberly Murgatroyd is the author of “How to Get Married in Positano” – compulsory reading for anyone wanting more information on having a Civil Ceremony in the Positano Town Hall. To find out more information about how you can get married in Positano town hall, visit my website about how to plan a Amalfi Coast wedding.

Top Tips in Hiring a Traffic Engineering Expert Witness

Road accidents happen almost everyday. On their website, the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) reports that there are approximately 1.3 million deaths caused by road accidents every year. The ASIRT also mentions that there are close to 50 million people who get injured because of these accidents. At times, traffic engineering expert witnesses are needed during litigation.

To prevent these numbers from increasing over the years, the government, with the help of private organizations such as the ASIRT, has been creating and strictly implementing traffic rules and regulations. These rules are intended for only one thing, and that is to protect both motorists and pedestrians from getting involved in any vehicular accidents.

But no matter how strict the government tries to implement all these road rules, there are still many reckless motorists who make our roads unsafe to drive in. So if you get involved in an accident, the second most valuable person that you should get in touch with is a traffic engineering expert witness. Aside from a lawyer, a traffic engineering expert can help you win your case.

But if you flip the expert witness directory, you will be greeted by a number of expert witnesses that it can be difficult to choose which one can give you the best services. So to help you make the right decisions, here are some tips and guidelines.

First, be very specific about the expert’s area of expertise or scope of responsibility. For instance, you will meet a traffic engineering specialist who claims to be highly trained on the construction and maintenance of the different traffic control systems. You may also come across an engineering expert who specializes in traffic zones, traffic signals, and pedestrian safety. So choose the one whose expertise is directly related to your case.

Next, take a look at the number of cases that he testified in. This is to give you an idea of his experience in the courtroom. Also, check the types of cases he testified in. What kind of legal proceedings did he take part in? What is his style? What kind of services does he offer? Set aside some time to examine his portfolio.

Last, it helps to check with other sources for complaints, ratings, and feedback. For instance, if you want to hire from a company, you may want to head over to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check for both positive and negative feedback. Or you can ask recommendations from previous clients so you can check the traffic engineering expert witness’s credibility.

Deceptive Website Legal Forms Result In $359 Million FTC Settlement

In a recent settlement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made it clear that deceptive website legal forms, particularly those that support “free” offers, will not be tolerated.

According to the FTC, the deceptive marketing schemes employed by the defendants netted over $450 million in sales. The result – the FTC came down hard on the defendants, with one individual defendant giving up all the money in his bank accounts, his house, automobile, and other personal property.

The takeaways from this settlement provide clear guidelines for all Internet marketers, particularly those who with sites that use “Free” offers as a lure for upsells to provide recurring revenue, or so-called “continuity” websites.

The Marketing Schemes

The offers were for products with broad market appeal, including weight-loss pills, teeth whiteners, health supplements, work-at-home options, access to government grants, free credit reports, and penny auctions.

A key factor in the marketing scheme was the lure of “free” offers, including “free” trials. Consumers were often charged a monthly fee, typically $79.95, plus additional monthly recurring fees for “bonus” offers and upsells.

Another key factor in the marketing scheme was significant leverage through affiliates – who drove traffic to the websites with the offers through widespread use of banner ads, pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, and unsolicited email. Affiliates were paid commissions for the sales resulting from traffic sent to the offering websites.

The Devil Is In The Details

Neither of the above key factors in the marketing scheme are per se illegal. The problem, according to the FTC, is in the details of how the defendants used the key factors to deceive consumers in violation of the FTC Act.

The following checklist summarizes the deceptive elements alleged by the FTC.

* Misrepresentations About “Free”, “Risk-Free”, and “Bonus”. The primary lures for consumers were the “Free” offers. The defendants induced consumers to provide their credit or debit card information by falsely promising that the product or service could be acquired on a “free” or “risk-free” trial basis while only paying a nominal shipping and handling fee. Some offers represented that the consumer would receive a product or service as a “bonus” for simply signing up. In fact, consumers were charged for products or services that they didn’t know about or had not agreed to purchase, and in some cases the charges were recurring on a monthly basis. The process for cancelling these charges or obtaining refunds involved separate time-consuming phone calls and other steps designed to significantly increase difficulty.

* Failure to Disclose, or Deceptive Disclosure of, Additional Charges. Despite the “free” offers, there were additional charges. In some cases there was no disclosure of additional charges. In many cases, there were disclosures regarding the additional charges, but the disclosures were not in a clear and understandable manner. Additional terms were buried in a separate “terms and conditions” page loaded with “lengthy, legalistic fine print” that was not accessible from the ordering page. Consumers were not required to click on an “I Agree” button to indicate acceptance with the “terms and conditions” page.

* Deceptive Refund Policies. Another significant lure for consumers were generous refund offers. Promises included “100% Satisfaction Guarantee”, “Risk Free Guarantee”, and “Easy Money Back Guarantee… Just Follow the 3 Easy Steps”. In fact, refund requests were denied, of if promised, they were never issued. In many cases consumers had to resort to complaints to law enforcement or the Better Business Bureau to actually get a refund.

* Failure to Disclose, or Deceptive Disclosure of, Limitations on Cancellations and Refunds. Despite the refund offers, there were limitations on cancellations and refunds which were either not disclosed or not adequately disclosed.

* False and Unsubstantiated Efficacy Claims. The defendants did not possess or rely upon a reasonable basis to substantiate their advertising claims on banner ads approved by the defendants for use by affiliate marketers.

* False Celebrity and Other Endorsements. The defendants displayed images of celebrities on their websites without permission and falsely represented that these celebrities endorsed the defendants’ products. In addition, logos for prominent news entities were displayed with statements such as “Featured On” and “As Seen On TV”, when in fact none of these entities endorsed or positively reported on any of the products.

* Evading Risk Management Rules to Obtain Merchant Accounts. The defendants submitted inaccurate financial information to merchant banks in order to retain or obtain merchant credit card processing accounts.

Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Online Legal Document Services

Online legal document services have been gaining in popularity because everyone is trying to save as much money as possible. What many people do not understand is that these boilerplate documents can end up costing you much more than hiring a qualified Georgia Attorney.

When you use a free service like online legal documents, you have to remember that you get what you pay for. These “legal documents” have quite a few drawbacks and the services try to hide them from their clients.

Here are the three biggest reasons to avoid online document services:

The law is different depending on which state that you reside in. If you were to download a form for a will and you did not ensure that it was valid in Georgia then your family would be in big trouble. Unless you took it to a Georgia lawyer to have the will validated then you would not know anything is wrong until you had passed away and your family would have the headache of dealing with an invalid will. If you are going to have an online form validated then it would make more sense to have the Georgia Attorney draw up the will from scratch. It would probably cost about the same and it would be tailored to your circumstances.
Online forms are do it yourself projects. You are not a Georgia Attorney and you do not have the knowledge that you need to spot problems in the forms. When you download an online legal document, you are just hoping that the person who wrote it did not make any mistakes. Since they are giving these forms away for free they are probably not taking the time to check all of the details. If you are trying to do something that needs a legal document then it has to be important. You owe it to yourself to take the extra time to contact a Georgia Lawyer before you download a free form. There will usually be no charge for the consultation and most of the time the price is reasonable and the results are superior to online forms.
Language is important! Since the online forms are designed to work for most people they are very general and will not fit your situation exactly. Georgia Lawyers can help you and your family by adding in custom language that removes some of the most annoying problems in the legal process. For instance, did you know that a Georgia Attorney can write language into a will that will prevent your witnesses from having to appear in probate court? That language is not included in stock forms but it is a big advantage to your family and friends.

If you have an issue that requires a legal document to solve then you should not be using free forms. A qualified Georgia Attorney can guide you through the legal process and answer any questions that you may have. Contact one today and set up your free consultation.