Chances are you hear several messages each day on ways to save money on legal fees. Companies like LegalZoom inundate the marketplace with advertisements for purchasing canned legal docs. I have a better solution – what about free canned legal docs? There is a fairly new social media site which aims to do just that. I am pleased to introduce all of you to Docstoc. To be fair, they provide more than just legal docs. In fact, you can find all sorts of helpful business documents at Docstoc.
So how does Docstoc work?
Docstoc is an online social community for finding and sharing professional documents. The platform provides an opportunity for users and businesses to upload and share their legal, business, financial, technology, educational, and creative documents. All documents on docstoc can be easily searched, previewed and downloaded for free.
Why would you take the time to upload documents to Docstoc?
Everybody wants to know “what’s in it for me?” Well take a look at this personal email I recently received from one of the co-founders of Docstoc. (By the way, I think he singled me out because I am an attorney and they would like to gain more footing in the online legalsphere.)
Jason’s letter to me
“Before I co-founded Docstoc, I went to law school in Southern California. I wanted to remind you that Docstoc is a great platform to build more awareness for you and your practice.
For example, a document I uploaded is now the number one search result in Google for “LLC Operating Agreement” http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15512/LLC-Operating-Agreement
I’d like to encourage you to upload and publish some of your documents on Docstoc. Those documents will get ranked at the top of search engines and you can promote yourself and get referral traffic for free.
I always like to feature attorneys sharing interesting content on our home page, let Kathrien our community manager (Kat@docstoc.com) know if you published any content with us, and we will make sure to showcase your profile on the front-page of Docstoc.com.
Please say hi anytime, and let us know what we can do to build a better Docstoc for you.
That was a first
I have to admit that this was the first time I have ever been offered to have my profile showcased on the front page of a popular social network before. Very cool.
What do I use Docstoc for?
In two words – a lot. It is my practice to looks at several examples from other people before I draft any type of document. So, I go to Docstoc and conduct a free search, download a few docs, and then use these as examples. I DO NOT RECOMMEND using any of these docs as is. Copying a legal document is almost never a good practice. Why? It was probably written by someone who practices law in another jurisdiction, and for a client who’s goals differer from yours. But, it sure is helpful to review some professionally written documents before custom drafting your own.
More from Docstoc later
I hope to interview Jason Nazar in the near future and plan to publish the content from our Interview on this Internet marketing blog.