LEGALZOOM VS. SWYFT FILINGS
Which Is Better for LLC Formation?

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Wondering which of LLC formation service is the best to start your business? We used LegalZoom and Swyft Filings to form LLCs, then compared their features.

In this LegalZoom vs. Swyft Filings review, we’ll let you know if either is worth your time and money. We also recommend checking out our list of the top 5 LLC formation services.


KEY CONSIDERATIONS: SWYFT FILINGS VS. LEGALZOOM

Is Either a Good Deal?

Swyft Filings and LegalZoom are both expensive services for LLC formation. Swyft Filings has an edge for their price because the overall service is cheaper than LegalZoom. However, both services do not offer a free registered agent service for the first year, like other companies.

Also, while both companies do mention that their registered agent service will begin after the filing has been submitted to the state, this price does not get added to the checkout process. This may cause confusion to new users, who will see a second $149-159 charge come later on top of the original total.

Who Uses Swyft Filings and LegalZoom?

Swyft Filings has a great customer satisfaction rating on sites like Sitejabber—see the Customer Service section of our Rating Highlights for more information—and has been used by many people to create LLCs.

LegalZoom is one of the most established brands in LLC formation and other online legal services. It’s also rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. While their customer service is not the highest rated of all, they’ve helped over one million LLCs get started and their customers have trust in the brand.

Here are some verified reviews (pulled from the services’ websites) by people who used Swyft Filings or LegalZoom to help launch their businesses: 

"I had never started a business before, so LegalZoom was a perfect place to go. It let me take my vision for the company and make it a reality, legally."

"Their [Swyft Filings] service was quick, easy, and reliable. Everyone was very knowledgable and guided me through the entire process."

Is There a Better Deal to Form My LLC?

The short answer is, yes, there are many other options to form your LLC in a cheaper, faster, and similarly reliable way.

Recommended

four point six out of five Incfile ($49 + State Fees)

four point six out of five Northwest ($49 + State Fees)

four point seven out of five ZenBusiness ($49 + State Fees)

Three out of Five Stars LegalZoom ($79 + State Fees)

Three out of Five Stars Rocket Lawyer ($99 + State Fees)

RATING DETAILS: SWYFT FILINGS VS. LEGALZOOM

Swyft Filings LegalZoom
Overall 3.31/5 3.4/5
Cost Value 4.5/5 3/5
Customer Service 1.5/5 3.5/5
Ease of Use 3.5/5 3.5/5
Included Features 3.5/5 3/5

Customer Service

Neither company rates well for customer service.

LegalZoom consistently rates poorly on third-party customer review sites such as only getting a 3.3/5 on Sitejabber.com out of more than 680 reviews.

Swyft Filings, while having a rating of 4.5/5 on Sitejabber.com out of more than 20,609 reviews, has many mixed reviews, including complaints of trouble reaching actual members of Swyft’s support team, and the many upsells presented in the checkout process. We also experienced inconsistencies in the support we received when testing out their service, leading us to our conclusion.

Included Features

While both companies will form your LLC at the prices advertised on their sites, neither offer an operating agreement or an EIN number with the basic pricing package.

Swyft Filings lets you add these a la carte to the Basic package if you need it, and includes them at the Standard and Premium levels.

LegalZoom, however, does not bundle these into any package, offering both for a separate $159 fee, or just an operating agreement for $99.

Want a free operating agreement and EIN? Sign up for a free business center account and use our operating agreement template for free and learn how to obtain an EIN from the IRS, also free.

Ease of Use

Both companies have a slightly above average formation experience.

Where Swyft Filings wins with their dashboard after forming, LegalZoom wins with a better checkout process.

Swyft Filings’ user dashboard that customers gain access to after forming, stands out in this comparison. All of the resources—such as your filing status or compliance alerts—are streamlined in a user-friendly format. However, the same cannot be said about its ordering and checkout experience. It took more than 12 pages to accomplish our goal of completing the order and beginning the LLC formation process, along with many pricey upsells along the way.

On LegalZoom, the entire ordering process should take no longer than 15-20 minutes. If for any reason you are unable to complete an order in one sitting, they will email a link to your saved answers, giving you the option of completing your order at a later time.

Value

Both Swyft Filings and LegalZoom are reliable companies for LLC formation; however, neither of these services are inexpensive.

Swyft Filings has a cost advantage over LegalZoom at all package and service levels, but neither of these companies offers their registered agent service for free, unlike companies such as Incfile, which offers basic LLC formation and a year of registered agent service for $49.

Both companies are also slow at processing orders, where other companies will process your order next-day, Swyft filings can be expedited for $50 to do it within 7 days, and LegalZoom starts at 20-35 days, and goes to 15 days or 7 days with its higher tier plans.

But, if you prefer to use an established brand name, and don’t mind paying a premium, form your LLC with LegalZoom.

SEE OUR TOP 5 SERVICE REVIEWS


four point six out of five Incfile  ($49 + State Fees)
four point six out of five Northwest  ($49 + State Fees)
three point six out of five Incorporate.com  ($49 + State Fees)
three point four out of five LegalZoom  ($29 + State Fees)
three point three out of five Rocket Lawyer  ($99 + State Fees)

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PLAN COMPARISON: SWYFT FILINGS VS. LEGALZOOM

Swyft Filings and LegalZoom do more than just form your LLC. They each offer additional services, either included in their formation packages or sold separately. You can view the following chart below for our side-by-side look at each company’s lowest cost LLC formation package.

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

Basic Plan Comparison

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

Swyft Filings
7 day processing with the state; $50 extra for expedited 1 business day processing 4-5 days for delivery of documents from Swyft Filings
LegalZoom
30 days

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

Swyft Filings
$149 extra per year
LegalZoom
$159 extra per year

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

Swyft Filings
$35 extra
LegalZoom
$99 extra

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.

Swyft Filings
$70 extra
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159

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

Swyft Filings
Free ComplianceGuard™ Company Alerts
LegalZoom
One month free, $320/year after

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

Swyft Filings
Tax: Free 30-minute consultation
LegalZoom

The company will assist or arrange for an affiliate to help reserve a domain name for your company website.

Swyft Filings
Free domain name
LegalZoom

Middle Plan Comparison

Swyft Filings
7 day processing with the state; $50 extra for expedited 1 business day processing 4-5 days for delivery of documents from Swyft Filings
LegalZoom
15 days

Swyft Filings
$149 extra per year
LegalZoom
$159/year

Swyft Filings
Included in package
LegalZoom
$99 extra

Swyft Filings
Included in package
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159

Swyft Filings
Free ComplianceGuard™ Company Alerts
LegalZoom
One month free, $320/year after

Swyft Filings
Tax: Free 30-minute consultation
LegalZoom

Swyft Filings
Free domain name
LegalZoom

Top Plan Comparison

Swyft Filings
1 day expedited processing with the state included 1-2 business days for delivery of documents from Swyft Filings
LegalZoom
15 days

Swyft Filings
$149 extra per year
LegalZoom
$159/year

Swyft Filings
Included in package
LegalZoom
$99 extra

Swyft Filings
Included in package
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159

Swyft Filings
Free ComplianceGuard™ Company Alerts
LegalZoom
One month free, $320/year after

Swyft Filings
LegalZoom

Swyft Filings
Free website domain name and 3 months of hosting
LegalZoom

Recommended

four point six out of five Incfile ($49 + State Fees)

four point six out of five Northwest ($49 + State Fees)

four point seven out of five ZenBusiness ($49 + State Fees)

Three out of Five Stars LegalZoom ($79 + State Fees)

Three out of Five Stars Rocket Lawyer ($99 + State Fees)