Which is Better? Instacart or Legal Zoom

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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“Whatcha doing?,” my mom asked on the phone.

“Oh, just doing the weekly grocery shopping and driving home from Tuscaloosa.”

What? Grocery shopping and driving at the same time?

Yup. Now that’s the epitome of a true multitasker like myself.


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One of my Instacart personal shoppers

Instacart entered my life this summer like manna from heaven.

Instacart is a Publix grocery delivery service that I now use every Sunday.

I’d be lying if I said that Instacart hasn’t been life changing (well, at least weekend changing).

I now have my Sunday mornings back to relax, go for a long run, or hang out at the beach.

For just a nominal delivery fee and my voluntary tip, I have my entire week’s worth of groceries delivered to me within a couple of hours.

Not only delivered, but delivered right to my kitchen which is on the second floor of our home.

I love Instacart for the convenience, reliability, people (all of my shoppers have been great), and cost effectiveness.

Similarly, some folks say they like services like Legal Zoom for online document preparation for the convenience and low cost.

However, there is huge differentiator between a service like Instacart and Legal Zoom.

With Instacart, there is instant feedback and accountability. If there is an error in my order, I know about it immediately.

With Legal Zoom, if there is an error in the documents (oftentimes user error), you or your family likely won’t discover it until it’s too late (translation if you don’t mind me being blunt: you’re dead).

Plus, with Legal Zoom (or a similar service), folks have a false sense of security that the documents they “prepared” online will actually satisfy their planning goals.  

This is rarely the case inasmuch as your documents are just one (sometimes small) piece of your overall succession plan.

Legal Zoom does not account for the titling of your assets, your beneficiary designations, and state law that dictates who you may and may not leave your assets to when you die.

On the other hand, with Instacart, what you see is what you get. It’s a straightforward transaction. I want to eat X, Y & Z this week so I order and you deliver X, Y & Z to me today.

IMHO, an online service like Instacart wins hands down over Legal Zoom.

Ok, gotta skedaddle. I think I’ll get a jumpstart on my grocery shopping for the weekend now.

Kristen “Queen of Multitasking” Marks

P.S. If you want to give Instacart a shot, you can check it out here. Spoiler alert: this link will give both you and me $10 off our next grocery order. https://inst.cr/t/GzNU77qVx

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