Legalfilings.com Customer Reviews
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent service, 1/21/2009 4:53:02 PM
|Reviewer: Angela Holden from Phoenix, Arizona|
|As a first time venture, we decided to set up a non profit corporation to help rescue dogs in shelters. We incorporated, obtained our tax ID, and completed our 501c3 application, all by ourselves. About 6 months after we submitted our IRS 501c3 application, we received a 20 page letter from the IRS, telling us that we do not qualify for 501c3 status. A friend of ours who also runs an animal rescue organization, referred me to LegalFilings. They went through our entire application and helped us fix problems on everything including our articles of incorporation, bylaws and IRS form. The IRS decided to change their mind after they received our response, we now have 501c3 status and have started a successful program.|
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Very Professional, 10/21/2008 8:29:41 PM
|Reviewer: Karry H. from New York, USA|
|If you are an internet shopper like me, you do your research before buying anything online. We are a NY organization that helps autistic children. I went through many different websites looking for a company who was affordable and professional. Affordable is the easy part to weed out, the professional part took a little more research. After jotting down all the affordable companies, I then decided to call a few. Good thing I did, because some of these companies either had voicemails answering their calls, or if they answered, they didn’t have a clue on what they are talking about! The representative I talked to at Legalfilings were very helpful and seemed to even know more than the IRS! These guys are good. They even guaranteed our approval, which we are hoping to get any day now.|
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Disorganized and Slow - Do not use, 9/13/2008 12:29:35 PM
|Reviewer: Anonymous from Los Angeles|
|This company, while affordable, is totally unreliable and the use of their services can be detrimental to your business. Do not trust them with anything time or accuracy sensitive, because their work is sloppy and not nearly prompt enough to deal with strict deadlines issued by federal or state agencies.|
I am the director of a small non-profit theater company in Los Angeles. We trusted Legal Filings to handle our incorporation with the state and our 501c3 tax determination. We spent two months putting together our bid for tax exemption, including answering an exhausting questionare regarding our activities as a company and our plans for the future.
The people who were supposed to handle our case seemed to be fired or quit from Legal Filings every month, and it became very frustrating to be unable to speak to anyone with a direct knowledge of our case. Apart from that, when very critical documents came in from the IRS with a tigth deadline, we were not informed until it was TOO LATE TO RESPOND, causing our case to rollover and forcing us to reapply and pay the fee AGAIN (not easy for a charity). Due to their negligence of our work we have wasted our time and money, and have essentially no recourse other than to post a scathing review on a public site like Yelp.
It's unfortunate that this had to happen, not only because the application sent to the IRS should have been consistent and complete in the first place, but that they did not notify us of their error until it was too late to do anything about. In the meantime our company will no be able to fundraise as planned, and we have to wait to do this all over again, all of which will take another 9-12 months.
Legal Filings is a disorganized and haphazard collection of hack attorneys and receptionists who collect money from inexperienced people like us and do little else but draft and mail letters and forms. They will not help you directly with any questions regarding your case unless you nail them down and force them to answer (most of the time you will only talk to an unqualified secretary with a cursory knowledge of tax and business law.)
The unfortunate reality is that if you are a small business, especially non-profit, you should find a private lawyer who can help you file these forms in a more personal way, because companies like Legal Filings will forget about you until it is too late.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Do Not Use this Company!, 6/6/2008 11:20:28 AM
|Reviewer: Jeanne Kelly EncoreCreativity.org from Maryland|
|We began our relationship with LegalFilings.com in June 2007. It was October before they completed our 501(c)(3) paperwork and got it in to IRS. Mostly they just sat on the information we provided and then when they actually wrote up the application they tried to rewrite what we had sent them (presumably to make it look like they had done something) and it was clear whoever did the writing had learned English as a second language. The documents were grammatically incorrect, used awkward phraseology and were, in general, a mess. We had to rewrite them. We went to LegalFilings.com because we thought they would make things happen more quickly and that they would add value. We were wrong on both counts - pretty much ended up doing things ourselves and it took months longer. Then IRS didn't process our application in a timely manner and LegalFilings told us there was nothing they could do as they were|
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Liars, 10/25/2006 11:16:08 PM
|Reviewer: Anonymous from St. Louis, MO|
|Although, Legalfilings did get me incorporated, when I attempted to get my 501(c)(3) status, they lied and said they had mailed out the application to the IRS. When I contacted the IRS, they informed me that they didn't receive the application until 3 months after Legalfilings claimed they had mailed it out and that it would be another 6 9 months to process the application. So, I was not able to get my business running until a year later, which cost me dearly.|
36 of 45 people found the following review helpful.
Too slow to act, 8/9/2004 3:03:51 PM
|Reviewer: Anonymous from Woodland Park, CO|
|Cheap and easy to get the process started. However, they claim to have articles approved by the state within 15 to 30 business days. My experience was closer to 45 business days.|
There was no follow up by the Legal Filings staff until I insisted. When they did follow up, they lied to me and told me the state was backed up. Then they said the filings were lost.
If you are not in a hurry, this is a cheap way to go.