, Inc. is an online legal technology company that was founded by Brian P. Y. Liu, Brian S. Lee, Edward R. Hartman, and Robert Shapiro.[3] In addition to providing an array of online legal documents like wills and living trusts, LegalZoom offers LLC, incorporation, trademark and registered agent services.[4][5][6]


LegalZoom began offering legal service products to the public on March 12, 2001.[7] 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 8:30pm believing he would be leaving a voice mail, but Shapiro personally answered the phone and after discussion, liked the concept.[8]

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.[9]

In 2013 LegalZoom purchased a 206,000-square-foot building at 9900 Spectrum Drive in the Davis Springs Spectrum Business Park in Austin, Texas for a reported $21 million.[10] The Austin office acts as one of their headquarters and in July 2014 they installed a 260 kW solar electric system.[2]

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.[2] On February 14, 2014 Permira announced that the deal was complete.[2]

In 2015 LegalZoom announced they were to make their first UK acquisition. The acquired firm are Beaumont Legal, a 200-year-old firm in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England which describes itself as one of the largest conveyancers in the country.[2]


LegalZoom provides legal services in various common categories including copyrights, DBAs, divorce, business formation, trusts, wills, name changes, patents, power of attorney, pre-nuptial agreements, real estate leases, trademark registration.[2] The company also provides a directory of attorneys as a certified California attorney referral service and offers flat-fee legal plans with member-reviewed attorneys.[2]


  • In 2011, Business Insider ranked LegalZoom 27th on its list of the world's most valuable startups.[2]
  • In 2012, Fast Company ranked LegalZoom 26th on its list of the most innovative companies.[2]