Ratings Highlights


INCORPORATE LEGALZOOM
Overall Value 3.6/5 3.4/5
Cost Value 2.5/5 3/5
Customer Service 5/5 3.5/5
Ease of Use 4/5 3.5/5
Included Features 3.5/5 3/5

While its services are expensive, Incorporate.com stands out with world-class customer service. Available across three channels - chat, phone, and email - help isn't hard to find when you need it.

Incorporate also bundles helpful features like operating agreements and EIN registration, enhancing the value of premium packages. LegalZoom offers similar features, but only as a la carte upgrades, reducing their value.

Read on for a more in-depth, side-by-side breakdown of each company's lowest cost LLC formation packages.

Our Recommendation: Incorporate.com

Form an LLC
with Incorporate.com

($99 + State Fees)

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Side-By-Side Comparison


Legalzoom and Incorporate.com can do more than simply register your LLC. They each offer additional services, either included in their formation packages or sold separate. Here is a comparison of what each company offers at each package level.

Please note that the service costs for each tier do not include the State filing fees.

Side-by-side: Basic Tier

Order Processing Time

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incorporate.com
Up to 6 weeks without Registered Agent Service; 5-10 business days with Registered Agent Service
LegalZoom
30 days
Registered Agent

The company will act as your legal point of contact for the government to receive important notifications or mailings on your behalf.

Incorporate.com
$235 extra per year
LegalZoom
$159 extra per year
Operating Agreement

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incorporate.com
$99 extra
LegalZoom
$99 extra
EIN Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN) works essentially the same as an individual’s social security number, except for businesses. It’s how the government is able to keep track of your business’ tax status.

Incorporate.com
$80 extra
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159
Annual Compliance

The company will keep you notified of upcoming legal filing requirements, such as your annual reports.

Incorporate.com
LegalZoom
One month free, $320/year after
Advisory Services

Advisory services provide additional resources or advice on matters pertaining to business, law, and/or tax.

Incorporate.com
Business: General coaching $395 extra
LegalZoom

Side-by-side: Middle Tier

Order Processing Time

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incorporate.com
Up to 6 weeks without Registered Agent Service; 5-10 business days with Registered Agent Service
LegalZoom
15 days
Registered Agent

The company will act as your legal point of contact for the government to receive important notifications or mailings on your behalf.

Incorporate.com
$235 per year
LegalZoom
$159 per year
Operating Agreement

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incorporate.com
$99 extra
LegalZoom
$99 extra
EIN Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN) works essentially the same as an individual’s social security number, except for businesses. It’s how the government is able to keep track of your business’ tax status.

Incorporate.com
Included in package
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159
Annual Compliance

The company will keep you notified of upcoming legal filing requirements, such as your annual reports.

Incorporate.com
Annual Report Preparation and Filing service and Compliance Kit (only for those who register Incorporate.com as a registered agent)
LegalZoom
One month free, $320/year after
Advisory Services

Advisory services provide additional resources or advice on matters pertaining to business, law, and/or tax.

Incorporate.com
Business: General coaching $395 extra
LegalZoom

Side-by-side: Top Tier

Order Processing Time

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incorporate.com
Up to 6 weeks without Registered Agent Service; 5-10 business days with Registered Agent Service
LegalZoom
15 days
Registered Agent

The company will act as your legal point of contact for the government to receive important notifications or mailings on your behalf.

Incorporate.com
$235 per year
LegalZoom
$159 per year
Operating Agreement

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incorporate.com
Included in package
LegalZoom
$99 extra
EIN Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN) works essentially the same as an individual’s social security number, except for businesses. It’s how the government is able to keep track of your business’ tax status.

Incorporate.com
Included in package
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159
Annual Compliance

The company will keep you notified of upcoming legal filing requirements, such as your annual reports.

Incorporate.com
Annual Report Preparation and Filing service and Compliance Kit (only for those who register Incorporate.com as a registered agent)
LegalZoom
One month free, $320/year after
Advisory Services

Advisory services provide additional resources or advice on matters pertaining to business, law, and/or tax.

Incorporate.com
Business: General coaching $395 extra
LegalZoom

Our Recommendation: Incorporate.com

Form an LLC
with Incorporate.com

($99 + State Fees)

Key Considerations


Incorporate’s registered agent service is expensive, and contrary to their website’s warning, we decided to act as our own registered service, which they say can delay an order up to six weeks.

Ours was processed by the State and in-hand within 2 weeks, this delivery time may vary for you, but opting out of this service is a good way to save money.

Many other registered agent services are much less expensive, such as Northwest Registered Agent, who includes a year of registered agent service for free with their $39 package.

Getting an operating agreement and EIN is expensive with either company. Another thing to consider is how each company organizes their pricing tiers for extra features.

Legalzoom does not include these features at any price point, and adding both will add $159 to your order, even with premium packages. Incorporate.com does add both features to their premium packages, though it will cost $179 to add them to their Starter package.

However, you can also join How to Start an LLC’s Business Center for a free operating agreement builder tool, and learn how you can get a free EIN through the IRS.

With this in mind, both companies are some of the most expensive in the industry.

If you would like to have LegalZoom or Incorporate.com create your LLC, operating agreement, and obtain your EIN within a two-business week timeframe, you will end up paying a few hundred dollars.

With less expensive options like Northwest Registered Agent ($39 + State fees) out there, it’s hard to say these are the most cost-effective solutions. However, both companies share the name-brand advantage that some are willing to pay extra for.

Still, Incorporate.com is as well-rounded as any formation service you’ll find, so they have the advantage here. If trust is an important factor, they are a worthy choice, but keep in mind there are better values available if you are willing to do a little extra leg work.