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Legal.com, Inc. (“Legal.com”) publishes this site as the electronic equivalent of a magazine about the law. Its use is intended for a broad array of purposes including the dissemination of news and other information about the law, education, review, opinion and discussion among contributors and visitors. Certain features of this site facilitate communication, both public and private, among users.
The site additionally provides user searchable access to legal resources in the form of products and services including, without limitation, a directory of attorneys and law firms, listings of legal forms organized by area of law and a law specialty bookstore containing self-help and other titles; said resources may be fulfilled by Legal.com, Inc. or direct the visitor to the web site of an advertiser, affiliate, member or other contributor (collectively, “3rd Party”).
A. TERMS APPLICABLE TO ALL USERS
For users who register with the site, your use of Legal.com shall also be subject to Section A. In addition, the terms in Section B (starting on page 8) will also apply.
- Changes to Terms
- Intended Audience
This site is primarily directed to those individuals and entities who are located in the United States of America. It is not directed to any person or entity in any jurisdiction where the publication, use or availability of the site and/or its content, including any products and services whether fulfilled by Legal.com or a 3rd Party, are unavailable or otherwise contrary to the jurisdiction’s laws or regulations. If this applies to you, you are not authorized to access or use any of the content on this site. Legal.com makes no representation that the information, opinions, advice or other content on the site (collectively, “Content”) is appropriate or that any products or services mentioned or depicted are, or will continue to be, available, applicable or useful outside of the United States. Those who choose to access or use this site from locations outside the United States shall be solely responsible for their use of this site in compliance with the laws and regulations of their respective jurisdiction. This Website is not intended for use by minors.
- Scope of Use
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You may not store, modify, reproduce, transmit, reverse engineer or distribute a significant portion of the Content on this Website, or the design or layout of the Website or individual sections of it, in any form or media. The systematic retrieval of data from the Website is prohibited.
The commercial use, reproduction, transmission or distribution of any of the Content published at this site, without the prior written consent of Legal.com, is strictly prohibited.
- User E-Mail (General Provisions)
- Copyrights and Trademarks
The materials at this site, as well as the organization and layout of this site (look and feel), are copyrighted and as such are protected by United States and international copyright laws and treaty provisions. You may access, download and print materials published at this site solely for your personal and non-commercial use; however, any print out of this site or portions of the site (including electronic depiction(s) thereof), must include Legal.com’s copyright and trademark notices. No right, title or interest in any of the Content is transferred to you as a result of accessing, downloading, printing or saving such materials or otherwise using the site. You may not copy, modify, distribute, transmit, display, reproduce, publish, license any part of this site; create derivative works from, frame in another website, use on any other website, transfer or sell any information obtained from this site without the prior written permission of Legal.com and the holder of any intellectual property rights applicable to any such Content.
- No Unlawful or Prohibited Use
- Spamming and/or Harvesting
Gathering email addresses from Legal.com through harvesting or other means is prohibited. Posting or transmitting unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or any other forms of solicitation to other users or site visitors is prohibited. Inquiries regarding advertising, product placement, inclusion in any directory such as Legal.com’s Find a Lawyer or other commercial relationships with Legal.com shall be directed to Legal.com via submission of the applicable online form published at the site, or by written correspondence to the notice address provided below.
Unless specifically directed to an alternative procedure, notices (including inquiries and correspondence) shall be addressed to: Legal.com, Inc., 4440 Duckhorn Drive, Suite 420, Sacramento, California 95834 USA
- No Warranties
- Governing Law and Venue
- Separate Agreements
- DMCA Copyright Policy and Copyright Agent
Legal.com’s Notice Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is incorporated herein and may be accessed, in its entirely, at https://www.legal.com/digital-millennium-copyright-act/
- No Professional Advice
- User Disputes
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users and site visitors. Legal.com reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between yourself and other users. Legal.com may, in its sole discretion, take action against any visitor, site user or account holder including, without limitation, denying access, suspending or terminating an account.
- User Submissions and Communications; Public Areas:
If you make any submission to an area of the site accessed or accessible by the public (“Public Area”) or if you submit any business information, idea, concept or invention to Legal.com via any form of communication or transmission, you automatically represent and warrant that you are authorized to grant, and expressly grant to Legal.com a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the communication or content in any media or medium, or any form, format, or forum now known or hereafter developed. Legal.com may sublicense its rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses. If you wish to keep any business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, then you must not submit them to the Public Areas or via unsolicited email or other form of communication or transmission.
Some of the Public Areas of Legal.com permit real-time posting of user-contributed content. Although Legal.com does not moderate the Public Areas, it reserves the right to modify or remove user-contributed content for any purpose and at any time, with or without notice to the contributor. Said editing or removal shall be at Legal.com’s sole discretion, in real time and final without opportunity for appeal or review.
In its normal maintenance of the site including the Public Areas, Legal.com may (but is not obligated to) take any or all of the following action(s):
- Record the dialogue in public chat rooms.
- Examine an allegation that a communication(s) do(es) not conform to the terms of this section and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication(s).
- Suspend or terminate a Member’s access to any or all Public Areas and/or the entire site.
- Monitor, store, edit, or disclose any communication or transmission submitted to the site.
All information relating to or disclosed by any party in connection with the arbitration of any disputes hereunder shall be treated by the parties, their representatives, and the arbitrator as proprietary business information. Such information shall not be disclosed by any party or their respective representatives without the prior written authorization of the party furnishing such information. Each party shall pay its own attorney’s fees and costs incurred in connection with any arbitration proceeding; and the parties shall share equally in the costs of arbitration. The parties waive all rights to judicial review of the arbitrator’s decision and any award resulting therefrom.
Judgment upon the award returned by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having appropriate jurisdiction, for enforcement of the award. If further proceedings become necessary to collect or enforce the arbitration award, said proceedings shall ensue in the court having entered the arbitration judgment. The prevailing party may seek its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs associated with the collection and enforcement of its arbitration award.
- Limitation of Liability
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You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Legal.com, its owners, officers, directors, employees, contributors, agents, licensors and licensees harmless from and against any and all claims, actions or demands, liabilities including awards and settlements and reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your use of the site.
B. ADDITIONAL TERMS APPLICABLE ONLY TO REGISTERED USERS
The additional terms contained in the following paragraphs are intended to apply to users who register accounts, creating a user name and password for themselves, to post comments and questions in the public areas of the site, transact eCommerce business and/or to become members of the Legal.com Attorney Network. It is understood that these additional terms are combined with the preceding terms which apply to all users and site visitors, whether registered or not, so that all provisions of Sections A and B are incorporated together to form a single contract.
- Accounts and Security
As part of the registration process, each user will select a login name and password. You agree to provide Legal.com with accurate and complete information, which you will keep updated. For consumers, your login name should identify you and not be offensive to others; but, respecting your online privacy, it does not have to be your actual name. For professional members of the Legal.com Attorney Network, it is recommended that your login name identifies you as a professional. It will be your online identity when you post articles and comments, or answer user questions. It will also become your email address @Legal.com. Consider using your first initial + last name, or firm name.
In any event, you may not:
- select or use a login name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person;
- use a name subject to the rights of any other person without authorization;
- use a login name that this site, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate or offensive.
You shall notify Legal.com of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password. You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password.
- Legal.com Attorney Network
Advertising model (Scope): The Legal.com Attorney Network is a service mark of Legal.com. Its use is to market the services of member attorneys, law firms and related providers of services to the legal profession. The Legal.com Attorney Network is neither a law firm nor a lawyer referral service, as those terms are commonly used in the context of state bar professional licensing and regulation. The Legal.com Attorney Network is an online advertising medium, utilizing practitioner listings in an online directory, banner advertising, building of name familiarity and reputation through credentialing activities such as authoring and publishing articles and posting to blogs and online forums. Legal.com will not involve itself in a lawyer’s relationship with his or her client, be considered a party to any attorney-client relationship or privilege, or participate in fee sharing or splitting by receiving compensation based upon number of clients or fees generated by any such clients.
Grant of Limited License: Licensor hereby grants to Licensee a non-transferable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to notate Licensee’s affiliation with the Legal.com Attorney Network (including reproducing the Legal.com Attorney Network logo in conjunction with Licensee’s professional practice) and, where applicable pursuant to the Network’s features (e.g., Premium level of membership) and limitations (i.e., subject to termination upon cancellation or default), utilize one or more @legal.com email addresses.
One or more @legal.com email addresses can be licensed by Premium members of the Legal.com Attorney Network. Names are subject to availability; first come, first served.
To preserve the professional reputation of the domain and avoid blocking by other mail services, members with @legal.com email addresses agree to not use Legal.com to send junk email, spam, chain letters or other commercially undesirable communications, or use email lists that contain any addressee(s) that have not specifically agreed to be included on that list.
Legal.com does not guarantee that its email service will be uninterrupted or error-free, that bugs or malfunctions will be corrected, or that the service and its servers are free of harmful components. Legal.com does not guarantee that the uses of its service, or the materials provided within the service, are accurate, without error, or reliable.
Legal.com provides its services strictly on an “as is” basis. As provided in Section A above, and to the extent permitted by law, Legal.com excludes all warranties or covenants in regards to the availability, reliability, or timeliness of this service.
Legal.com will not be held responsible for any or all damages whatsoever as a result of the loss of use, data or profits connected to the performance of its email service. The user is solely responsible for any and all information that passes through the email servers.
Legal.com shall not responsible or liable for any content, product or service downloaded, delivered, acquired or requested by users accessing the Internet via this service. You are solely responsible for your management of your email service including, without limitation, detecting and protecting yourself from malicious emails that may contain harmful code (e.g., virus) or be designed to trick or otherwise take advantage of you in a fraudulent scheme (e.g., “phishing;” clicking on links to malicious sites; identity theft). Your sole remedy is to discontinue your use of the site and any related service.
Legal.com’s email service is structured to offer a higher degree of confidentiality than common email services used by the public such as Google (Gmail), Yahoo, etc. The email you send and receive is not (at least, not by servers utilized by Legal.com) read and interpreted for advertising purposes. Still, you understand and acknowledge that email (and any attachments) travels over the Internet, where like any other data it can be intercepted, monitored and analyzed. You specifically waive any expectation that Legal.com can assure you that any content you send or receive, which travels over the Internet, is private. You understand that, in all likelihood, your email to clients and others is being read, for advertising and other purposes, by the email server on their end. You understand that Legal.com’s email service offers you the option of encrypting email that you exchange with others, but that you must specifically designate such emails as encrypted. By default, unless designated as encrypted, email sent via Legal.com is transmitted as any other email.
In short, Legal.com’s email service offers a higher level of confidentiality, but must be properly used and cannot, under any circumstances, be considered to be absolutely private.
For any questions, please refer to the Contact Us page at Legal.com.