An Experiment…Are On-Line Legal Documents Worth the Money?

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A couple of weeks ago I was at a Minnesota bar association event. While there, the other attendees and I got into an interesting discussion about a topic that has many lawyers up in arms: on-line legal services like These sites offer legal documents like wills and trusts and partnership agreements for a low, fixed price. We agreed to do an experiment. Greg Luce of the Minnesota State Bar Association would buy a will on and have an attorney look it over to judge its quality. He also agreed to blog about his experience and has already posted a video about it as well.

Instead, I agreed to purchase through another website,, an employment agreement and judge its quality. I practice mostly in employment law, so this was a choice suited to my area of expertise. I spent only $15.00 for my agreement. After reviewing the agreement, I determined that you get what you pay for.

This is the first in a series of blog postings that will examine the provisions that I found most troublesome in the agreement I purchased. Troublesome because they were either against the law (Minnesota in some cases and in others federal), or just really bad from a business perspective.

I will post again later today and this week about my analysis and opinion of the agreement itself, going through different provisions.



  1. Paul Godfread  March 8, 2010

    Great experiment Karen! I have been tempted to try something similar but never have. I look forward seeing more.


    • Karen Lundquist  March 8, 2010

      Thanks for the comment! I will be posting more about the agreement, so I hope you come back to read more.


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