LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - With nearly 50,000 views on YouTube and hundreds of customer stories, LegalZoom.com proudly announces the winners of their customer "Tell Us Your Story" contest. "We're honored to hear inspiring stories from LegalZoom customers every day. This video contest shines the spotlight on our customers, and we hope this collection of stories will further help to inspire others," said John Suh, Chief Executive Officer of LegalZoom.

Grand Prize, $5,000 -- Chris Schutte, inventor of Hot Dog EZ Bun Steamer


Chris Schutte used LegalZoom to form his LLC, file a provisional patent and Trademark his invention: the Hot Dog EZ Bun Steamer. A long-time inventor, Schutte had yet to send a product to market under his own name. Through LegalZoom, Schutte gained the legal protection to go from big dreamer to a successful inventor.

First Prize, $3,000 -- Bridget Lane, founder, One Mom on a Mission Charity and Helping Hands Bakery


After her three sons were diagnosed with autism, Bridget Lane was inspired to find a way so those with autism and other special needs always have a job. Leveraging her love of baking, Lane turned to LegalZoom to complete a 501(c)(3) nonprofit filing for her One Mom on a Mission Charity and its fundraising arm, Helping Hands Bakery. Lane's effort has made a difference in the community by giving those with special needs valuable vocational training at the Helping Hands Bakery.

First Prize, $3,000 -- The Sullivan Family


Pete and Christy Sullivan fell in love, got married and before they knew it, had two kids of their own. In between the rush of starting a family, the Sullivans also moved to Boston and Christy graduated from medical school. While short on money, the Sullivans wanted to protect their most valuable assets -- their two children. By visiting LegalZoom, the Sullivans were able to complete their last will and protect their children.

$100 Prize for Every Entrant

After reviewing the videos from all of the entrants, LegalZoom made the decision to award every eligible entrant a $100 prize for sharing their inspiring story. "Everyone who entered is a winner because they have taken the important step towards turning an idea into reality or protecting the ones they love," said Suh.

To see all the videos entered into the contest, please visit youtube.com/legalzoom.

About LegalZoom.com

Launched in 2001 by a founding team that includes famed attorney Robert Shapiro, LegalZoom.com (www.legalzoom.com) has become the nation's leading online legal eservice. LegalZoom merges innovative technology with personalized service to deliver a simple, cost-effective way to take care of common legal needs. LegalZoom service offerings include: Wills, Living Wills, Incorporation, LLC Formation, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Divorce, Small Claims, Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights and more. LegalZoom.com does not provide legal advice or counsel. LegalZoom is not an attorney and can only provide self-help services at your specific direction.