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*Supplements for specific legal matters can be added at any time when you choose the monthly subscription option only. Supplements are not available on the annual subscription option at this time.

Monthly and annual membership fees paid for the current membership period are non-refundable and the contract remains active until the end of the Eligibility Period.

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Launch by LegalShield connects you with a local business attorney who will talk to you about your business, help you choose the correct business entity to form, complete all the paperwork and file it for you, and provide legal support for three months from your membership purchase date. Here’s how it works.

NOTE: Whether you file yourself or through LegalShield, every new business is required to pay a one-time state filing fee.

How Much Are State Filing Fees?

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Registered Agent Services

United States business law requires every business to have a registered agent who resides in the state where the business is formed. A registered agent is simply a person designated to receive all legal paperwork related to your business. Examples include service of process when a business entity is being sued or notifications from the state about licensing renewals.

Your registered agent can be an officer or employee of your company, or a third party, such as the organization’s lawyer or a registered agent service. Since it’s legally required, failure to properly maintain a registered agent can negatively impact your business.

If you, a business partner or one of your employees is a resident of the state in which you will be forming your business entity, any one of you can be the registered agent. Your attorney will simply include the name and contact information of your registered agent in the entity paperwork prior to filing.

If you are forming your business in a state that you do not reside in (say for tax benefits) or you move to another state after you establish the entity, you may need to pay a third party service to act as your registered agent.

LegalShield makes having a registered agent in another state easy and affordable.

Registered Agent offices in all 50 states. Instant notifications of all documents received. Secure online dashboard to keep you organized and compliant.

Starting as low as $120.00

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pre-paid legal plan and how does it work?

Instead of paying a lawyer by the hour, you pay a small monthly fee (starting at $29.95 for personal and $49 for small business) and have access to an independent lawyer that will provide a huge variety of legal services without a huge legal bill. Services like consultation with a lawyer, document review, drafting of debt collection letters and defense at civil trials are included as standard benefits. Using the plan just once can save you literally thousands of dollars.

Using the plan is as simple as signing up and contacting our team. Once you’re a member, customer support will connect you with an independent lawyer in your area who specializes in the specific legal issue with which you need help. Also, you can download our super simple app to quickly access your legal benefits and member perks anytime.

Will the plan really cover my specific legal issue?

Legal Plans from LegalShield cover any and all legal issues. Many day to day legal issues are covered by the standard plan benefits with no additional fees. If your specific legal need is a bit more exotic and requires additional lawyer support beyond the standard benefits, you can use your lawyer to help you at 25% off their regular hourly rates. No matter the situation, you’re covered, at a substantial savings.

If you still have questions about coverage, simply contact our customer support team to discuss your specific situation.

Who are the lawyers I'll work with?

While LegalShield does not employ the lawyers that provide the services to members, LegalShield has a network of dedicated independent law firms across the United States and Canada made up of seasoned lawyers with an average of 22 years experience. The law firms in our network provide legal protection to over 4.1 million LegalShield members any time they need it, even in covered emergency situations, 24/7, 365 days a year. You can view the names and background information about the provider law firms and many lawyer profiles in our Law Firm Finder.

Who is covered under the Business Plan?

It’s important to note that all of our business plans cover your business, not you personally. Each business plan allows you to designate a certain number of authorized spokespeople to work with our lawyers on behalf of your organization. Designated spokespeople must be employees, owners, partners or officers of your company. If you need personal legal help, check out out our personal plan

There is more information about this specific question near the top of the Coverage & Pricing Page.

Do you have lawyers in my area?

The dedicated independent law firms in our provider network cover the United States and Canada 24/7, 365. There are 900+ lawyers in the network.