Web-based legal tools and alternatives to traditional legal services can be very valuable if you are looking to cut costs for your startup. However, you definitely need to make sure you are using the right tools. The wrong tools not only could be a waste of valuable time, but could also set you back at the early stages, something that no startup wants to happen. You mentioned a few services.
Docracy is a service that will provide you with documents that are commonly used by startups. The problem with this, though, is that no two startups are the same. Thus, this one-size-fits-all approach is not very effective. A startup wants to stand out and the use of generic paperwork won’t really push you in the right direction. A startup needs an attorney that can employ a personalized approach to its specific problems.
Askgurus is a service that lets you ask a question and find answers from internet users (almost like you are doing here, actually). There are two problems with Askgurus. The first is that it is not targeted towards lawyers and clients. The website seems to be really focused on a broader market. The second problem is that you are not guaranteed to be talking with an actual guru. Generally, if you are seeking advice, you should seek it from the most credible source you can find.
Another alternative to traditional law firms that solves these problems is. At LawTrades, we help startups trim costs of the legal process by doing the very opposite of the trad’l law firm model. We cut overhead by relying on technology and connect entrepreneurs directly with experienced, specialized attorneys. Your attorney will be specialized and have experience working in the area in which you are having problems. If you have any legal issues, visit us as your first initial consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain the attorney after the consultation. Hope this helped!