The do-it-yourself (DIY) ethic has spawned a great following in America over the years, but one Midwestern state is now fighting back against the cause for self-empowerment, citing a statute last updated during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency.
LegalZoom.com, an online service that allows people to create their own legal documents, including wills and leases, is facing a class action in Missouri that is set for trial Aug. 22. The case, Janson, et. al. v. LegalZoom.com, Inc., contends that LegalZoom is violating a state law—signed in 1939, long before the idea of the Internet had been gestated—prohibiting nonlawyers from preparing legal documents.