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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Definitions

“We,” “Us,” “Our,” and “Ours” refers to LegalYou.

“License-Required Lawyer” Services (or “LRL” Services) is any service, the performance of which is considered by a state’s governing authority to be the unlicensed practice of law unless performed by or under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

“Services” is any online law-related educational, administrative and consulting services provided by Us, including LRL Services.

“Member Content” is all Content posted or otherwise submitted to Us by a member, including but not limited to information, documents, and materials submitted to be stored on the site or in the content of questions, answers, responses, profiles, signatures, qualifications, comments, input in interactive document creation and posts where members communicate.

“Content” is any information, text, graphics, photos, videos, interactive forms or other materials on Our website. It also includes the legalyou.com website itself and the workflow inherent in the site, as well as Member Content created by you and other members.

“Our Stuff” refers to Our “Services” and “Content” together.

“Terms of Use” include the terms listed here, and any other rules, policies, and disclaimers made available to you at legalyou.com.

What this gobbledygook means:

Everything you see and can do on our website is Our Stuff, including any advice we might give you, some of which might be “legal advice.”

Acceptance of Terms of Use

This is an agreement between you and Us. The Terms of Use govern your access to, and use of, Our Stuff. By accessing or using Our Stuff you agree to be bound by these Terms.

You may use Our Stuff only if you can form a binding contract with Us, and only in compliance with these Terms of Use and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations.

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to modify or replace the Terms of Use at any time. If the alterations constitute a material change to the Terms of Use, We will notify you of such changes. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion. You shall be responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Using Our Stuff following notification of a material change to the Terms shall constitute your acceptance of the Terms Of Use as modified.

What this gobbledygook means:

This is a binding contract between you and us which you agree to by using Our website. It covers anything you see at the site and any services you get through the site. Sometimes we may change the terms of the contract.

Liability disclaimer

DESPITE OUR BEST INTENTIONS, OUR STUFF MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. WE MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES TO OUR STUFF AT ANY TIME.

WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF OUR STUFF. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL OUR STUFF IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO OUR STUFF, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF OUR STUFF, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE OUR STUFF, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE OUR STUFF, OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OUR STUFF, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES.

WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY FAILURE TO PERFORM OUR OBLIGATIONS HEREUNDER WHERE SUCH FAILURE RESULTS FROM ANY CAUSE BEYOND OUR REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, MECHANICAL, ELECTRONIC OR COMMUNICATIONS

What this gobbledygook means:

Sometime bad things happen to good people. While we don’t intend for Our Stuff to cause any harm, you agree not to hold us liable if something bad happens.

Your membership information

You need a membership to our community to use some of Our Stuff. During registration for membership or to access Our Stuff, you will be providing personal information about yourself. You agree that this information will be accurate, complete, and current at all times.

It is a violation of these Terms of Use for anyone other than you to use your membership. You assume all liability for the actions anyone using your membership with your permission. If you suspect the unauthorized use of your membership you must immediately notify Us by e-mail to legalyou@legalyou.com.

What this gobbledygook means:

Make sure your membership information is always correct and don’t let anyone else use your membership. If you do, you’re not only breaking this contract, but you might be liable for any mischief they cause.

Geographical Scope of License-Required Lawyer Services

Our Stuff may include both LRL Services, as well as information, advice, or other assistance that does not require a license. The distinction between the two is not always clear and may vary from time to time and from state to state.

To the extent that some portion of our Stuff constitutes LRL Services, it is limited to the geographical areas in which our attorneys (“lawtenders”) are licensed to practice law, currently:

Florida.

We do not seek, and this website is not intended to solicit, legal employment outside of the above-listed states.



What this gobbledygook means:

We are different than companies like LegalZoom or Rocket Lawyer which can’t practice law or be your lawyer because they aren’t licensed attorneys.. We are licensed attorneys and can help you with all your legal needs, but only with respect to the laws of the state or states listed.

Advance waiver of conflicts

Before an attorney-client relationship can be formed, we must conduct a conflict check to determine whether we represent anyone adverse to you. To the extent that the use of any of Our Stuff may be considered an LRL Service even prior to the formation of an attorney-client relationship, you agree in advance to waive any conflict of interest arising from the fact that others who have been, are, or will become, adverse to you have also used Our Stuff or might do so in the future. We will not knowingly form an actual attorney-client relationship with someone adverse to you in the same or related case in which you have such a relationship with Us. You agree to waive all other conflicts.

What this gobbledygook means:

As attorneys, We have a higher standard than non-lawyer companies like LegalZoom or Rocket Lawyer—we can’t help people where that help would harm a client, which is called a “conflict.” But you agree in advance that you waive any conflict if Our Stuff (except for an actual attorney-client

Member Content

All Content posted or otherwise submitted to Us, including but not limited to information, documents, and materials submitted to be stored on the site or in the content of your questions, answers, responses, profiles, signatures, qualifications, comments, input in interactive document creation and posts where members communicate (“Member Content”) is the sole responsibility of the member from which such Content originates. You acknowledge and agree that you are entirely responsible for all Content that you post, or otherwise submit to Us. We do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content, whether it is created by you or another member.

You understand that by using the Services you may be exposed to Member Content created by other members that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. You acknowledge that We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your exposure to, or reliance on, any Member Content created by you or other members.

To report a suspected abuse of Our Stuff or a breach of the Terms of Use (other than relating to copyright infringement which is addressed in the “Copyright Complaints” section below) please send written notice to Us at email: legalyou@legalyou.com.

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other members. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other members.

What this gobbledygook means:

You are responsible for your own stuff and how you react to other member’s stuff.

Attorney-Client Relationship

Your membership or use of Our Stuff does not automatically create an attorney-client relationship between you and Us unless you have entered into a separate “Limited Lawyer Services Agreement” with Us. If you have not entered into such an agreement with us, or unless you are otherwise represented by an attorney, you represent yourself in any legal matter you undertake while using Our Stuff.

Attorney-client privilege is a set of rules governing attorneys designed to encourage full and frank communication between a client and his or (see our Privacy Policy) her lawyer. We intend to keep any information you submit private and confidential, and if your matter falls within the geographical scope of Our LRL Services, it may also be protected by an attorney-client privilege.

Member Content is not intended as legal advice, is not confidential, and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

What this gobbledygook means:

Just because you are a member doesn’t mean you’ve retained us to be your attorney. There’s a separate contract for that.

Third-Party Providers and Resources

Some of our Services involve third-party providers, such as court-reporting services, translators, and others. We do not warrant or guarantee any of the work of third-party providers.

Links to other resources and businesses on the Internet may be made available through Our Stuff. Those links are provided as citations and aids to help you identify and locate other internet resources that may be of interest, and are not intended to state or imply that We sponsor, are affiliated or associated with, or are legally authorized to use any trade name, registered trademark, logo, legal or official seal, or copyrighted symbol that may be reflected in the links. We do not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of the linked information.

Member Content is not intended as legal advice, is not confidential, and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

What this gobbledygook means:

If we hire someone else to do work for you, they are responsible for doing it right (not us).

If we point you to another internet resource, that doesn’t mean they are associated with us or that we guarantee their information is correct.

Member Misconduct

As a condition of use, you promise not to use our Stuff for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use.

We reserve the right to investigate complaints or reported violations of these Terms of Use and to take any action deemed appropriate including but not limited to reporting any suspected unlawful activity to law enforcement officials, regulators, or other third parties and disclosing any information necessary or appropriate to such persons or entities relating to user profiles, e-mail addresses, usage history, posted materials, IP addresses, and traffic information. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use of Our Stuff:

  • to impersonate, abuse, harass, threaten or intimidate any person;
  • to post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, anything that is: 1) libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive, profane, or that infringes any copyright or other right of any person; or 2) designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any of our members.
  • for any purpose (including posting or viewing Content) that is not permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction where you use the Services;
  • to create or transmit unwanted “spam”;
  • To post copyrighted Content which doesn’t belong to you;

You agree not to create multiple accounts for any purpose. You agree not to participate multiple times in surveys or other vote counts on the site in order to artificially skew the results.

You agree that you will not: (1) take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (2) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of Our Stuff; or (3) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Content or Services.

What this gobbledygook means:

If we hire someone else to do work for you, they are responsible for doing it right (not us).

Indemnity and Release

You agree to release, indemnify and hold Us and our employees and agents harmless from any from any and all losses, damages, expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, rights, claims, actions of any kind and injury (including death) arising out of any third party claims relating to your use of Our stuff, your violation of these Terms of Use or your violation of any rights of another.

What this gobbledygook means:

You’ll pay for our defense if someone sues us because of you.

Intellectual Property

You may not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, rent, lease, loan, sell, sublicense, or create derivative works from the Content except to the extent explicitly permitted in these Terms of Use.

You may not use any network monitoring or discovery software to extract information about usage, individual identities, or users. With the exception of accessing RSS feeds or documented APIs, you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other manual or automated process to monitor or copy the Content without our express written permission.

You may not copy, modify, reproduce, republish, distribute, display, or transmit for commercial, non-profit or public purposes all or any portion of the Content, except to the extent explicitly permitted above. You may not use or otherwise export or re-export Our Stuff or any portion thereof in violation of the export control laws and regulations of the United States of America.

We grant you a nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable, limited license to view and print the Content provided as part of Our Stuff solely for purposes in accordance with these Terms of Use. Any copyright or attribution notice appearing on the original content or information must appear on all copies of the content or information.

Except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring any license or right, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, under copyright or other intellectual property rights. You agree that Our Stuff is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws, and may not be used except as provided in these Terms of Use without Our express written permission. You also agree that We retain our copyrights in the layout and graphics made available through Our Stuff, the collective and compilation copyrights in all databases and navigation design, and all other content created by its employees, contractors, consultants, or other contributors.

You may use Our trademarks in referring to Our Stuff without Our express permission, provided that you follow standard trademark usage practices and provide proper attribution. Any other uses require Our express written permission. You may not use Our trademarks or trade dress in a third party service name or publication title; in, as, or as part of your own service or marks; to identify products or services that are not Ours; in a manner likely to cause confusion; in a manner that implies inaccurately that We sponsor, endorse, or are otherwise connected with, your own activities, products, and services; as hidden or embedded text in web pages; or in a manner disparaging of Us or Our Stuff.

Some links in Our Stuff will reach other web sites We do not maintain or control. We are not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. We provide these links to you only as a convenience and the inclusion of any link does not imply that We recommend, approve or endorse the linked website, nor does it imply that the linked website recommends, approves of, or endorses Us. By uploading Member Content to or submitting any materials for use on the public sections of Our site (such as, but not limited to a member’s profile or a forum post), you grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) Us a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, display, edit, copy, modify, adapt, publish, transmit, translate, publicly perform or create derivative works from and distribute such materials or incorporate such materials into any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed throughout the universe.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • storing and displaying your data (for example: making backups);
  • accessing data on your specific request (for example: providing customer support);
  • providing more relevant Content (for example: showing information related to a legal issue)
  • improving the functionality of the Services (for example: improving our algorithms so that we can help more people)

Except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use, nothing in these Terms of Use shall be construed as conferring any license or right, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, under copyright or other intellectual property rights. You agree that Our Stuff is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws.

By creating or downloading documents interactively created on Our site or other forms, you agree that they may only be used by you for your personal or business use or used by you in connection with your client (if you are an attorney) and may not be sold or redistributed without Our express written consent.

What this gobbledygook means:

We worked hard on all Our Stuff, please don’t try to steal it.

Copyright Complaints

It is our policy to respond promptly any claim that Content submitted to Us infringes the copyright or other intellectual property infringement of any person. We will use reasonable efforts to investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate action under applicable intellectual property law and these Terms of Use where it believes an infringement has taken place, including removing or disabling access to the Content claimed to be infringing and/or terminating accounts and access to the Services.

To notify Us of a possible infringement you must submit your notice in writing to the attention of “Copyright Infringement” care of legalyou@legalyou.com and include in your notice a detailed description of the alleged infringement sufficient to enable Us to make a reasonable determination. Please note that you may be held accountable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) for misrepresenting that any Content is infringing your copyright.

If we remove or disable access to Content in response to a notice of infringement, we will make reasonable attempts to contact the user who submitted the affected Content. If you feel that your Content is not infringing, you may provide Us with a counter notice in writing to the attention of “Copyright Infringement Counter Notification” at legalyou@legalyou.com. You must include in your counter notice sufficient information to enable Us to make a reasonable determination. Please note that you may be held accountable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that your Content is not infringing the copyrights of others.

If you are uncertain whether an activity constitutes infringement, we recommended seeking the advice of an attorney.

What this gobbledygook means:

We respect the intellectual property rights of others, so we may have to take action if you upload something that infringes somebody else’s rights.

Termination

You may end your legal agreement with Us at any time for any reason by sending a request to deactivate your accounts to legalyou@legalyou.com and discontinuing your use of Our Stuff.

We may suspend or terminate your accounts or cease providing you with all or part of Our Stuff at any time for any reason, including, but not limited to, if we reasonably believe: (1) you have violated these Terms of Use or a Limited Legal Services Agreement , (2) you create risk or possible legal exposure for Us; or (3) our provision of Our Stuff to you is no longer commercially or socially viable. We will make reasonable efforts to notify you by the email address associated with your account or the next time you attempt to access your account.

Your access to and use of Our Stuff may be interrupted from time to time as a result of equipment malfunction, updating, maintenance or repair of Our Stuff or any other reason within or outside Our control. We reserve the right to suspend or discontinue the availability of Our Stuff and/or remove any of Our Stuff at any time at Our sole discretion and without prior notice. We may also impose limits on certain features of Our Stuff or restrict your access to parts of Our Stuff without notice or liability.

In all such cases, the Terms of Use shall terminate, including, without limitation, your license to use Our Stuff, except that the following sections shall continue to apply..

What this gobbledygook means:

We may stop providing services at any time. You can stop using your account or close it by emailing us at legalyou@legalyou.com.

Ownership and Preservation of Your Documents

We do not claim ownership of any documents you either create or upload and store using Our Stuff. You grant permission for Us to use your documents in connection with providing Services to you.

You acknowledge and agree that We may preserve these documents as well as disclose them if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to accomplish any of the following: (1) to comply with legal process, applicable laws or government requests; (2) to enforce these Terms of Use; (3) to respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; or (4) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of anyone. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of Our Stuff, including your Member Content, may involve transmissions over various networks and changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. You agree that We have no responsibility or liability for deleting or failing to store any content maintained or uploaded to our site.

What this gobbledygook means:

We’ll store your documents and, with a few exceptions, keep them private.

Consent to Receive Emails and Texts

By becoming a member of our community, you agree that you may receive communications from Us, such as newsletters, special offers, and reminders and updates, some of which may pertain to a legal case you are tracking on Our site. You also understand that you can remove yourself from non-case-related communications by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in the footer of the actual email.

What this gobbledygook means:

You agree that we can email or text you about your legal matters, but you can opt out of other things we send you.

Auto-Renewals of Paid Memberships

Our paid memberships are auto-renewing. Unless you notify us before the renewal date of your paid membership that you wish to downgrade, your paid membership will automatically renew for the subsequent period. If we are unable to charge your designated payment method for any reason, we reserve the right to automatically downgrade your paid plan to a lower-priced plan or to suspend your paid membership until your designated payment method can be charged again. It is your responsibility to maintain current credit card information on file with Us in order to ensure uninterrupted service. You can downgrade an auto-renewing paid membership to a free membership at any time.

What this gobbledygook means:

If you bought a paid membership, it will automatically renew unless you tell us otherwise.

Refund Policy

If you are less than satisfied or believe there has been an error in billing, please contact Us by email at legalyou@legalyou.com or by telephone immediately so that We can help you resolve the issue.

Although you can downgrade your paid membership at any time, our refund policy does not offer refunds on monthly payments we have collected prior to the downgrade date.

Paid memberships purchased on an annual basis are subject to a full refund if we are notified of your wish to terminate within thirty days of payment. After the 30-day period, you may apply to receive a prorated refund for an annually paid membership for the remaining time which has not been used. In order to apply for a refund relating to an annually paid membership, please email legalyou@legalyou.com.

What this gobbledygook means:

We won’t refund a monthly payment after it’s already collected, but you can get back the unused portion of a yearly payment.

Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration and Class Action Waiver

Most customer concerns can be resolved quickly and to the customer’s satisfaction by calling us or emailing us at legalyou@legalyou.com.

However, if We are not able to resolve a dispute with you after attempting to do so informally, then as a condition to your use of our Stuff we mutually agree to resolve such dispute through mediation administered by JAMS Alternative Dispute Resolution (“JAMS”) before resorting to arbitration, litigation, or some other dispute resolution procedure. If the matter is not resolved through mediation, then the parties agree that the controversy or claim shall be settled by binding arbitration administered by JAMS under its Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes. The arbitration will be held in Palm Beach County, Florida and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

You may only resolve disputes with us on an individual basis, and may not bring a claim as a plaintiff or a class member in a class, consolidated, or representative action. Class arbitrations, class actions, private attorney general actions, and consolidation with other arbitrations aren’t allowed.

Notwithstanding our agreement to arbitrate our disputes as provided above, the following exceptions will apply to the resolution of disputes between us:

  • Either you or We may assert claims, if they qualify, in small claims court in Florida without first engaging in arbitration or the informal dispute-resolution process described above.
  • We may bring a lawsuit against you in any court of competent jurisdiction solely for injunctive relief to stop any unauthorized use or abuse of our Stuff or any intellectual property infringement without first engaging in arbitration or the informal dispute-resolution process described above.
  • In the event that the agreement to arbitrate provided herein is found to be inapplicable or unenforceable for any reason, then as a condition to your use of our Stuff we agree that any resulting judicial proceedings will be brought in the federal or state courts of Palm Beach County, Florida, and by your use of Our Stuff you expressly consent to venue and personal jurisdiction of the courts therein.
What this gobbledygook means:

We hope that you will never be unhappy with our services, but if you are, we are agreeing to resolve it out of court, unless it’s a small claims matter. You agree not to be part of class action.

Miscellaneous

No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of the Terms of Use and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind Us in any respect whatsoever.

The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

If any provision of the Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms of Use shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

The Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Florida (except for its conflicts of laws provisions), and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of Florida courts.

Both parties agree that the Terms of Use is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of the Terms, unless otherwise agreed.

Our headings and summaries of these Terms of Use are for explanatory purposes only and do not create or modify any rights. If there is a conflict between these and the actual text of the Terms of Use, the text controls.

This website is powered by Ice Legal, P.A. in Palm Beach County, FL which is responsible for its content.

What this gobbledygook means:

This is where we put a bunch of things that don’t fit into their own section, such as:

  • You don’t work for us.
  • Just because we don’t complain right away about you breaking this contract, doesn’t mean we can’t later.
  • Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. If part of this contract has to be thrown out, the rest is still good.
  • We can give our rights under this contract to someone else.
  • Florida law controls this contract.
  • We don’t have any agreements outside of this contract.
  • The things we say here are to help you understand the contract and aren’t part of the actual contract.
  • The law firm running this joint is Ice Legal, P.A.
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