I decided to use legalzoom to incorporate the company. As their website advertises, their services are a considerable savings compared with services through a law firm. Imran later indicated most of the forms could have been downloaded from the State of California website and completed for free.
The LLC kit was delivered today, 12 business days after submission. Supposedly there is a staff shortage at the California Secretary of State that contributed to a delay beyond the 10 business days advertised for the Express Gold package. The Federal Employment Identification Number is still in process.
Looking back, I have not regrets using legalzoom. The total price was non-trivial, but definitely a substantial savings over a lawyer. I also have better peace of mind, over doing it all on my own.