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LegalZoom gets OK to operate in UK

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An online purveyor of self-help legal documents such as living trusts and wills has gotten a green light to operate in the United Kingdom as an alternative business structure.

LegalZoom has been licensed with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and will partner with the QualitySolicitors law firm network, reports the Law Society Gazette.

LegalZoom is the first U.S.-based company approved to operate as an ABS in the U.K., the article notes.

Craig Holt, who founded QualitySolicitors, is in charge of LegalZoom’s operations in the U.K. He said the company plans to take an innovative approach to help fill an existing gap in affordable legal services.

“An ABS provides broader freedom in how we work with lawyers, and we expect increasing levels of partnership in the U.S. and the U.K.,” Holt told the Gazette.

Related coverage:

ABA Journal: “Does the UK know something we don’t about alternative business structures?”

ABA Journal: “The UK’s alternative firms are reshaping legal services”

Legal Futures: “‘We will be biggest brand in UK,’ says LegalZoom”

See also: “LegalZoom business model OK’d by South Carolina Supreme Court” “LegalZoom products will be sold at a discount through Sam’s Club”

Forbes: “Why The Legal Profession Says LegalZoom Is Illegal”

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