terms and conditions

my law firm Terms and Conditions (“this Agreement”)

Welcome to www.mylawfirm.com.au

(“My Law Firm” or “Site”).

my law firm is owned and operated by my law firm pty ltd [ACN 128 788 938] (“MLF”), an Australian company. The specific features and functionality of the Site are to be determined solely by MLF and are subject to change or termination without notice.

YOU AGREE THAT BY USING THIS SERVICE YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE AND YOU ARE LEGALLY ABLE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT.

This Agreement sets out and contains all of the terms and conditions between a user of the Sites services (“you” or “Member”) and MLF. By clicking the “Create Account” button to submit the Member registration form, a binding agreement will be executed between you and MLF. The Member should therefore read this Agreement carefully. If, however, you (the Member) do not agree to be bound by this Agreement, do not click the “Create Account” button. In such case you will not be able to register as a Member at MLF.

By registering as a member and agreeing to the terms and conditions of this Agreement you are also agreeing to the terms of the Privacy Policy which is incorporated into this Agreement.

 

Definition of Service

MLF provides a platform where Members can interact with a legal practitioner ("Expert") and ask for advice or services. MLF will enable a Member to negotiate and communicate with Experts and to pay for services provided by such Experts. My Law Firm and MLF makes no representation or warranty whatsoever as to

(a) the willingness or ability of any Expert to give advice;

(b) whether the Member shall find the advice given by an Expert satisfactory;

(c) whether the advice of the Expert will provide an adequate solution to his or her issue or situation; or

(d) whether the Expert advice will otherwise be suitable to his or her needs.

My Law Firm and MLF does not verify the skills, degrees, qualifications, credentials or background of any Experts. Therefore, Member is encouraged to independently verify the skills, degrees, qualifications, credentials and background of those Experts from whom he or she receives or contemplates to receive advice or services.

My law firm does not refer, endorse, recommend, verify, evaluate or guarantee any advice, information, or other services provided by Experts, and nothing shall be considered as a referral, endorsement, recommendation or guarantee of any Expert. my law firm does not warrant the validity, accuracy, completeness, safety, legality, quality, or applicability of the content or anything said or written by its Experts or any advice provided, including any information contained in any Expert listing. my law firm will not be liable for any damages sustained due to reliance by Member on such information or advice provided by any ExperT.

Interactions with legal Experts

If a Member chooses to interact with aNY legal expert on the Site, the Member relationship (as with all other Experts) is strictly with the professional. my law firm is not involved in any way with the substance of that relationship or the advice or information given therein, AND DOES NOT VALIDATE THE INFORMATION OR ADVICE PROVIDED TO YOU BY SUCH EXPERT.

The advice or information provided by legal experts is provided for informational purposes only and cannot be considered a substitute for professional advice.

MY law firm strongly recommends that a Member seeking legal advice make an appointment with qualified professionals in your state.

Member acknowledges no Experts are employees or agents of My Law Firm and MLF assumes no responsibility for any act or omission of any such Expert. Member understands and agrees that, although a Legal Expert may have been accessed through the Site, My Law Firm and MLF cannot predict or assess the competence of, or appropriateness for Member's needs, of the Legal Expert. Member also understands that Member takes full responsibility for the decision to access a Legal Expert through the Site and to continue to interact with the Legal Expert, and that the role of My Law Firm is strictly limited to providing access to such Legal Experts and their services for Member's consideration.

Member hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless My Law Firm, its directors, officers, employees, agents, successors, advisors, consultants, and assigns from any and all causes of action and claims of any nature resulting from the acts of Legal Experts accessed through the Site.

Opinions of the Legal Experts are solely their opinions, and not those of My Law Firm. My Law Firm and MLF does not assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy of the content on the Site, including the biographical information, qualifications, credentials or other data regarding the Legal Experts. My Law Firm does not assume any liability or responsibility for damage or injury to persons or property arising from the use of any information or advice given by an Expert.

 

Content

The information furnished by Experts is intended for general reference purpose only. The consultation with Experts via My Law Firm cannot and does not replace a meeting with a professional. Member is encouraged to verify the information furnished by Experts. Any information on My Law Firm and information furnished by Experts is not intended to offer a solution for a specific problem and must be considered as general in nature.

ANY RELIANCE ON SUCH INFORMATION IS DONE AT THE MEMBER'S FULL AND SOLE LIABILITY.

 

Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability

MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THE MY LAW FIRM SERVICE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, AND THEREFORE MEMBER WILL NOT HAVE ANY CLAIM OR DEMAND VIS-A-VIS MY LAW FIRM IN RESPECT TO MY LAW FIRMS EXPERTS, PROPERTIES, LIMITATIONS OR COMPATIBILITY WITH THE MEMBER'S NEEDS. THE USE OF MY LAW FIRM IS AT THE MEMBER'S SOLE RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, MY LAW FIRM EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, SECURITY OR ACCURACY.

MY LAW FIRM EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES FOR INFORMATION POSTED OR TRANSMITTED BY EXPERTS. IF A MEMBER DECIDES TO RELY ON INFORMATION PROVIDED BY AN EXPERT FOLLOWING THE USE OF MY LAW FIRM, MEMBER MUST EXERCISE A HIGH STANDARD OF CARE. THE MEMBER SHALL NOT HAVE ANY CLAIM OR DEMAND VIS-A-VIS MY LAW FIRM, ITS AFFILIATES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, SUB-CONTRACTORS AND AGENTS IN RESPECT TO ANY SERVICE OR ADVICE MEMBER DECIDES TO RECEIVE AND/OR TO RELY ON. MY LAW FIRM WILL NOT BE DEEMED THE PROVIDER OR RECIPIENT OF ANY SERVICES OR INFORMATION ACQUIRED THROUGH MY LAW FIRM. THE PURCHASE OF SERVICES IS EFFECTED AT THE MEMBER'S SOLE RISK.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL MY LAW FIRM, ITS AFFILIATES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, SUB-CONTRACTORS AND AGENTS BE LIABLE TO ANY MEMBER FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF BUSINESS, REVENUE, PROFITS, USE, DATA OR OTHER ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE), HOWEVER IT ARISES, WHETHER IN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, OR ARISING FROM THE SERVICES OR ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT. MY LAW FIRM, ITS AFFILIATES, THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, SUB-CONTRACTORS AND AGENTS’ AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR DIRECT DAMAGES ARISING WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY PAID BY MEMBER TO EXPERTS THROUGH MY LAW FIRM IN THE SIX MONTH PERIOD PRIOR TO THE DATE THE CLAIM AROSE. MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT MY LAW FIRM DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY CLAIM, SUIT OR ACTION BROUGHT BY AN EXPERT IN CONNECTION WITH PAYMENT FOR SERVICES BY THE MEMBER AND MEMBER AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD MY LAW FIRM HARMLESS IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SUCH CLAIM.

MY LAW FIRM WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ENFORCING ANY AGREEMENT THAT WAS MADE BETWEEN AN EXPERT AND A MEMBER, INCLUDING A MEMBER FEE AGREEMENT. MEMBER WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY AGREEMENT MADE WITH AN EXPERT. 

IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE REGARDING ANY TRANSACTION CONDUCTED THROUGH MY LAW FIRM, THE MEMBER HEREBY RELIEVES MY LAW FIRM, ITS AFFILIATES, THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, SUB-CONTRACTORS AND AGENTS FROM ALL MANNER OF ACTIONS, CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AND FROM ANY AND ALL LOSSES (DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL), DAMAGES, COSTS OR EXPENSES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COURT COSTS AND ATTORNEYS' FEES, WHICH MEMBER MAY HAVE AGAINST ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE.

 

Member Agreement

By submitting the Member registration form, you, the Member, represent, warrant and agree to the following:

  • You are at least 18 years of age or a legally organized entity, that he or she is authorized to represent the person who is submitting a Member registration, and that he or she is authorized to sign the registration form on his or her behalf and bind him or her;
  • The information furnished by you in the registration form is accurate, true and complete, and you will maintain and update such information during the term of this Agreement so that it will remain true, accurate, current and complete.

Member's Conduct:

You, the Member, will be solely and fully liable for all conduct, postings and transmissions that are made under your user name and password. You warrant and declare that while you are using My Law Firm you will act according to the following rules and agree to the following:

  • Member will have the sole responsibility to verify the Expert's identity, qualifications, credentials, biographic information, licenses held, and other information delivered to Member by an Expert;
  • In addition, My Law Firm cannot and will not make any effort to verify the identity, qualifications, credentials, biographic information and any of information regarding any of the Experts;
  • My Law Firm does not control the quality, relevance or accuracy of the advice, whether the Expert is qualified to provide the specific advice, whether the Expert is categorized correctly or in the most appropriate category to provide the advice sought by the Member, the accuracy of any postings on the Site or any transmissions through it by Members or Experts.; 
  • Member agrees that any information or content that he or she posts or transmits or receives through My Law Firm will not be considered confidential. Member grants My Law Firm an unlimited, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, edit, copy, transmit, publicly perform, create derivative works, or communicate to the public any such information and content on a world-wide basis.
  • Member consents to My Law Firm collecting and processing any personal information, as per the terms of My Law Firm’s Privacy Policy
  • All interactions between Member and Expert will be billed through My Law Firm will be billed regardless if the interaction is online or offline. Member will pay My Law Firm for all services rendered to Member by Experts;
  • Member will not take any actions that may undermine, disrupt or manipulate the integrity of the Member feedback (rating) system on the Site. My Law Firm also reserves the right to exclude without explanation any rating that we think may compromise the integrity of the member feedback system.
  • Member will not interfere with or disrupt the My Law Firm servers or networks connected to the Site; 
  • Member will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems or networks connected to the Site, and will not transmit “junk mail”, “spam”, or any unsolicited mass distribution of email or bulletin board postings;
  • Member will not transmit through the Service any unlawful, harassing, defamatory, privacy invading, abusive, threatening, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, racist, harmful, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind;
  • Member will not disobey or breach this Agreement or any other applicable instructions conveyed by My Law Firm;
  • Member will not violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation or ethical code;
  • Member will not upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available: (A) any information or material that infringes upon a third party right, especially intellectual property rights; (B) any third party advertisements, including banner exchange services; (C) any software viruses, Trojan horses, worms or any other malicious application or (D) any information or material which may constitute or encourage conduct that is a criminal offense or civil wrong or otherwise violates any applicable law;
  • My Law Firm enables the transfer of files between Members and Experts. When opening such file attachments received from Experts it is the Member's responsibility to scan them with an anti-virus software application prior to opening them;
  • Member will not impersonate any person or entity, or make any false statement regarding his or her employment, agency or affiliation with any person or entity;
  • Member will not stalk, threaten or harass Experts or other Members or infringe upon or attempt to infringe upon their privacy; and;
  • My Law Firm may review the Member's personal profile and amend any typing or spelling errors. My Law Firm cannot and will not examine the validity or accuracy of the details in the Member's personal profile or in any of the Member's postings or transmissions. However, My Law Firm may, in its absolute discretion, refuse to post, transmit or remove any content uploaded by the Member. Without derogating from the above, My Law Firm may remove any content violating this Agreement. The Member will bear all the risks associated with the uploading and transmitting of material while utilizing My Law Firm, including reliance on its accuracy, reliability or legality.

Member and My Law Firm Fees

Member is obligated to report to My Law Firm in cases when he or she was billed directly by an Expert (i.e. not through My Law Firm). Such report should include a description of the service that was rendered by the Expert and the price charged.

 

User Name and Password

When you, the Member, create and open an account with My Law Firm, you will be asked to provide a user name and password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and user name and any other security information related to your account. You will be fully responsible for all activities that occur under your account, user name or password. You may not use the account, username or password of someone else at any time. You will immediately notify My Law Firm of any unauthorized use of Member's password, user name, e-mail, or any other breach of security. My Law Firm encourages Member to change their password at least once a month. My Law Firm will not be liable for any loss that you incur as a result of someone else using your account or your password, either with or without your knowledge. You may be held liable for any losses incurred by My Law Firm due to someone else’s use of your account or password.

 

Privacy Policy

Member Information.

Member does not have to furnish the information required for registration to my law firm, However, without that information Member will not be able to use the services of my law firm. my law firm pty ltd is the sole owner of the information collected on this Site.

my law firm will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this Agreement. By consenting to this Agreement, you agree and acknowledge that my law firm may collect, process, and transfer any information, private or otherwise, so long as my law firm does so for the purpose for which it was collected.

In order to use my law firm, both Members and Experts must first complete a registration form. During registration the Member is requested to furnish contact information, such as name and email address. This information may be used to contact the Member about the services on my law firm in which he or she has expressed interest, and is also used as Member's login information. Member or Expert may be asked to provide additional personalized information (such as experience and qualifications, areas of interest, profession, education, etc.) and unique identifiers (such as a screen name), so that my law firm may provide a more personalized experience on the Site. In such case the Member or Expert may decide whether he or she wishes to provide such information or not.

The information furnished by the Member during the registration process will be kept in my law firm’s database. my law firm will use reasonable means to protect the integrity and safety of the database. However, such means are not fault-proof and my law firm will therefore not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage that the Member may sustain due to unauthorized intrusion of the database. Member consents to my law firm collecting and processing Member’s personal information for normal business use by my law firm.

Member Communications.

my law firm reserves the right to screen or edit the content of communications between Experts and Members, and my law firm may copy, transmit and review communications conducted by or through my law firm for technical support and/or in order to uphold the terms of this Agreement. Such communications are confidential, personal and private unless both the Member and the Expert agree to other distribution.

Cookies.

my law firm makes use of cookies to store information. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the Member's hard drive containing information about the Member. For instance, by accepting a cookie by my law firm, the Member will not have to enter his or her login information (his or her email and password) every time he or she logs into his or her account, thereby saving time while on the Site. If the Member rejects the cookie, he or she may still use the Site; however, the Member will simply have to login each time he or she visits the Site. Cookies can also be used to enable my law firm to track and target the interests of the Member in order to enhance his or her experience on my law firm. Of course, if the Member shares his or her computer with others, others may be able, with certain browsers or under certain circumstances, to read the Member's communications with Experts and my law firm.

my law firm Use of Data.

my law firm uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track a Member's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are also linked to personally identifiable information in order to improve the Member's experience when using the Site. my law firm may also retain any emails, letters, or other correspondence between the Member and my law firm to ensure quality control and the best possible service, although it has no obligation to do so.

my law firm may from time to time send e-mail advertisements to Members, whether the material is its own or is commercial information furnished by third parties. Member is given the opportunity to 'opt-out' of having his or her information used for purposes not directly related to my law firm at the point when my law firm asks for such information.

my law firm may assign, transfer, rent, sell or lease its database, without giving the Member any prior notice, to any other subsidiary of my law firms's holding company, my law firm subsidiaries and, in any case of merger or bankruptcy to the surviving entity after such merger or bankruptcy or to any third party that will ratify my law firm's privacy policy. my law firm may divulge to a third party personally identifiable information and transaction details according to a judicial writ, demands of governmental authorities, and in any legal proceedings between my law firm and the Member. In addition, My Law Firm may disclose personally identifiable information to the Expert or to public authorities to deal with emergency situations or situations where the Member's safety may be in jeopardy.

my law firm may, in its discretion, create co-branded web sites with its partners. In such case, the Member listings may appear in the co-branded site. Unless Member agrees otherwise, all personally identifiable information is stored solely by the Site.

General.

If a Member wishes to update his or her personally identifiable information, such as a mailing address, or if a Member no longer desires my law firm's service, my law firm will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or opt-out of any of my law firm's services. This can usually be done from within the Member's account, or by emailing our Customer Support Team at:

help@mylawfirm.com.au

If the Member has any questions about my law firm's privacy policy, the practices of my law firm, or your dealings with my law firm, please contact:

help@mylawfirm.com.au

Last updated: 1 September 2013

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