Virtual Law Office
Terms & Conditions
(Effective: November 7, 2016)
The www.sandrastanfieldlawstudio.com web site (the “Site”) is owned and operated by Sandra Stanfield Law Studio P.C., an online New York law practice (the “Company”) and managed by attorney Sandra Stanfield, a New York State licensed, solo practitioner. These Terms and Conditions (“Terms and Conditions” or “Agreement”) govern your use of the Site, including all content and materials provided herein and access to all online services offered or provided by Company.
By using the Site and/or creating a Client Account through any third-party virtual law office application made available to you by Company through the Site, you hereby unequivocally and expressly agree to be bound by and shall be subject to these Terms and Conditions.
Use of the Site + Service
Materials on the Site contain general information only to permit you to learn more about our firm, our services and our professionals, as well as information about business and intellectual property law, and information about legal services in general. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and is subject to change without notice.
To access or use the Site or the services provided by Company, you must be 18 years or older and have the requisite power and authority to enter into these Terms and Conditions. Children under the age of 18 are prohibited from using the Site or Company services.
This Site may constitute attorney advertising under the laws of some states. Company does not intend the Site to constitute attorney advertising but recognizes that it may be so considered in certain jurisdictions. Content, materials and other information provided on the Site are not indicative of likely results in any particular matter. Company cannot guarantee results; past results do not guarantee future results.
Modification of These Terms
Company reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices under which the Site is offered. By using the Site or sending our office any personal information, you agree to this policy and will be deemed bound to this policy in effect as of the date of such use.
No Attorney-Client Relationship or Legal Advice
Neither receipt of information presented on the Site nor any email or other electronic communication sent to Company or its attorneys through the Site will create an attorney-client relationship. No user of the Site should act, or refrain from acting, on the basis of information included on the Site without first consulting legal counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.
The jurisdiction(s) in which our attorneys are licensed to practice is New York. If you have a non-federal matter, are outside the jurisdiction of New York, and we decide to work with you, we will bring in local counsel in your jurisdiction, in accordance with professional responsibility rules, to assist with your matter. Company is not intended as advertising or solicitation in any jurisdiction where the site would be so characterized and fails to comply with all applicable laws and ethical rules of that jurisdiction. Company does not seek to represent anyone based solely upon a visit to the Site or upon advertising, or where to do so would not comply with applicable local laws and rules.
Virtual Law Office and Client Account/Personal Login Page
In order to use the virtual law office to retain Company services, Company provides its clients and potential clients the ability to set up a Client Account and access certain attorney-client communications with our office and client documents through a secure personal home page on the Site. To utilize a Client Account, you must register on the Site by entering certain personal information and request a username and a unique password. This information will be used during your transactions with Company to provide legal services in compliance with New York law. Your information may be provided to a third party in order to provide the service you requested and/or as is required by law. All other use of your personal information will be limited to your attorney/ client relationship with Company. Creating a Client Account does not, in and of itself, establish an attorney/client relationship with Company.
Any information received by Company through the registration process is held in strict confidence. We do not sell or otherwise disclose to third parties any personal information that you provide through the Site except as may be required by law or in response to an investigation by law enforcement or other government authorities or in connection with or in contemplation of a sale of Company’s assets or business or a merger, consolidation or other reorganization of the Company.
By establishing a Client Account, you are representing that you are at least 18 years of age and able to enter into a binding contract with Company; you are representing that the information you provide to us is correct, accurate and updated; you acknowledge and agree that in connection with your request for a Client Account, and your use of your Client Account, that you have read and agree to this Terms and Conditions of Use related to the Site, including use of your Client Account; you have read and understand the security processes that we maintain, and that there are always risks inherent with the transmission, storage, viewing and retrieval of data and files over the internet, including through the Site.
You are solely and fully responsible for the security of your username and password and for any consequences that arise out of your failure to maintain the confidentiality of your username and password. You must notify our office of any unauthorized use of a breach in security of your Client Account. Your right to use your Client Account is personal to you, is for your personal and individual use, and you will not permit any others to use it. Company reserves the right to suspend, revoke or terminate your use of the Site and/or your Client Account at any time without notice to you.
Virtual Law Office Security
Transactions communicated through our virtual law office application and through your Client Account are conducted over Secure HTTP, which provides you with the highest industry standard protection available on the web. All payments are processed by Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) compliant credit card processors, and no credit card or payment account numbers are stored on our servers.
Because we are a virtual law practice, we would prefer that you provide your information to us using the technology provided for you on your personal client login page. However, if this is not possible and we require further information in order to review your legal matter, you need to contact us immediately at [firstname.lastname@example.org] to make suitable arrangements.
Scope of Legal Services
An attorney-client relationship with prospective clients is established only after an attorney of Company has expressly communicated the ability to accept representation of your matter. Company may decline to provide legal services if a conflict of interest is discovered. The scope of legal services to be performed by an attorney of Company will be expressly agreed upon in writing by you before any legal services are performed, and do not include any services that have been expressly excluded or are otherwise outside the scope of the written agreement.
No fee will be charged or obligation incurred by registering on our online law office. In some situations, a client’s funds will not be transferred to Company until the legal services requested by the client are ready to be accessed and received by the client on their personal login page. However, most requested services require the upfront payment of the agreed upon fee before Company will begin work. After the client’s payment of the agreed upon fee is confirmed through a Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) compliant credit card processor, the client will have complete access to the legal advice, documents, research or other services provided by the attorney of Company. If further communication with the attorney is required, the client may post a separate question regarding the received legal services or request a price quote for additional legal work.
We use session cookies to ensure that your computer displays the Site effectively. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies using your web browser settings. If you choose not to accept cookies from the Site, you may not be able to take full advantage of its features or to receive some of the services the Site provides.
Links and Email Addresses
Spamming, the unsolicited broadcasts of email addresses or links in this website, is prohibited and unauthorized.
No Warranty/Limitation of Liability
The information presented on the Site is provided “as is” and “as available,” without representation or warranty of any kind. Company does not represent or warrant that such information is or will be always current, complete, or accurate. Any representation or warranty that might be otherwise implied is expressly disclaimed.
You agree that Company is not liable to you or others, in any way or for any damages of any kind, arising from the use of the Site, including, but not limited to, liability or damaged caused by viruses contained within electronic files of this site or any linked site, regardless of prior notice to our office.
Release / Indemnification
You agree to release Company, its officers, employees and agents, successors and assigns from any and all liability and obligations whatsoever in connection with or arising from your use of the Site. If at any time you are not happy with the Site or object to any material within the Site, your sole remedy is to cease using them. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company, its officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses or expenses, including attorneys’ fees and costs and expenses, arising out of or in any way connected with (a) your access to or use of the Site or any part thereof, (b) a breach or alleged breach by you of any of your representations, warranties, covenants or obligations under this Agreement, (c) infringement or misappropriation of any intellectual property or other rights of Company or third parties by you, or (d) any negligence or willful misconduct by you, (e) any other claim related to your performance under this Agreement, or (f) your use of any content or materials provided by Company.
The Site contains intellectual property owned by Company including, without limitation, the Company logo, all designs, text, graphics, other files, and the selection and arrangement thereof, also termed the “look and feel,” trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, proprietary information and other intellectual property. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, distribute, display, reproduce or perform, or in anyway exploit in any format whatsoever any of the Site or Content, in whole or in part without our prior written consent. We reserve the right to immediately remove you from the Service, without refund, if you are caught violating this intellectual property policy.
Company reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting such changes to this page. You understand that you have the affirmative obligation to check these Terms and Conditions periodically for changes, and you hereby agree to periodically review these Terms and Conditions for such changes. The continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these Terms and Conditions will constitute your acceptance of those changes.
Effect of Headings
The subject headings of the paragraphs and subparagraphs of this Agreement are included for convenience only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of any of its provisions.
The terms of this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of New York. The state and federal courts located in New York County, New York will have exclusive jurisdiction over any case or controversy arising from or relating to this Agreement, the Site or any services provided by Company. Each person who registers on this website consents irrevocably to personal jurisdiction in such courts with the respect to any matters and waives any defense of forum non conveniens. Furthermore, each person who registers on this website is deemed to have knowingly and voluntarily waived any right to a trial by jury in any case or controversy related to this Agreement, the Site or any services provided by Company.
The rights and obligations created for you under this Agreement may not be assigned to any other party.
Company and any of its attorneys shall not be deemed to be in breach of this Agreement for any delay or failure in performance caused by reasons out of its reasonable control, including acts of God or a public enemy; natural calamities; failure of a third party to perform; changes in the laws or regulations; actions of any civil, military or regulatory authority; power outage or other disruptions of communication methods or any other cause which would be out of the reasonable control of Company.
In the event that one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be found unenforceable, illegal or invalid, such provision(s) will be changed and interpreted to accomplish the objectives of such provision to the greatest extent possible under applicable law, and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.
These Terms and Conditions constitute the sole and exclusive agreement between you and Company with respect to the subject matter hereof and the use of the Site or any services provided by Company and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous understandings, communications, representations or agreements, whether written or oral, with respect thereto.