Terms of Service

Effective February 10, 2017

Please read these terms of service carefully because they govern your use of the community.lawyer service. You should review these terms periodically as we may update them at our sole discretion and without notice:

BY ACCESSING OR USING COMMUNITY.LAWYER, YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD, AND ARE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF SERVICE. THESE TERMS INCLUDE AN ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, WAIVER OF CLASS­-ACTION RIGHTS, AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS.

YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THIS SERVICE IF: (I) YOU CHOOSE NOT TO AGREE TO THE COMMUNITY.LAWYER TERMS OF SERVICE, (II) YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, (III) YOU DO NOT HAVE THE FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO AND FOLLOW THESE TERMS, OR (IV) YOUR AGREEMENT TO AND FOLLOWING OF THESE TERMS DOES OR WILL BREACH OR CONFLICT WITH ANY OTHER AGREEMENT OR ARRANGEMENT YOU HAVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE OR OTHERWISE VIOLATES THE LAW.

About community.lawyer

Community.lawyer is a portal for communication and collaboration between and among independent attorneys and consumers. Community.lawyer does not provide any of the following:

  1. Attorney Endorsements, Recommendations, or Referrals — Community.lawyer is not a legal referral service and does not endorse or recommend the attorneys who use our service. Community.lawyer does not match consumers with attorneys; rather, we operate a directory that a consumer can use to request phone calls from attorneys based solely on the preferences of the consumer. Community.lawyer takes commercially reasonable steps to verify that attorneys are licensed, but we do not make representations or warranties concerning the competence, qualifications, skill, or quality of any attorney. We also do not make representations or warranties that attorneys are covered by professional liability insurance. Consumers may use our service to publish reviews of attorneys, but such reviews do not guarantee or predict future results and should be relied on solely at each consumer’s own risk.
  2. Legal Advice, Legal Opinions, Legal Services, or Legal Representation — Community.lawyer is not a law firm and is not engaged in the practice of law. The attorneys who use our service are not employees or agents of community.lawyer. Content available through the service is not legal advice or opinion.
  3. Services that Create An Attorney-Client Relationship — Use of our service, including but not limited to requesting a phone call, does not create attorney-client relationships with either community.lawyer or attorneys. Any communication using community.lawyer is not covered by privilege or work product protections and is not confidential. If a consumer and attorney using community.lawyer enter into an attorney-client relationship at any time, including but not limited to during a phone call facilitated by community.lawyer, community.lawyer has no involvement in that relationship nor in any agreements arising out of the relationship. Community.lawyer does not accept any portion of an attorney’s fees and is not responsible for any transactions that may occur in connection to attorney-client relationships. We are not liable or responsible for any professional services provided by or acts or omissions of attorneys who consumers may connect with via our service.

General Terms

Community.lawyer reserves the right to monitor our service for the purpose of determining that use of the service complies with the terms of service. YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY:

  1. Use the service, including but not limited to transmitting content, in a manner that violates these terms or any applicable law, rule, or regulation, or for any unintended purpose;
  2. Use the service, including but not limited to transmitting content, in a manner that abuses, threatens, defames, libels, incites hatred or violence toward, victimizes, intimidates, or otherwise harasses any person or group of persons;
  3. Use the service, including but not limited to transmitting content, in a manner that discriminates on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, military or veteran status, marital status, or disability;
  4. Use the service, including but not limited to transmitting content, in a manner that is pornographic or obscene;
  5. Except as expressly permitted by these terms, copy, reproduce, modify, distribute, display, create derivative works of, or transmit any content on the website or part of the service;
  6. Use the service or any of our marks commercially, for benchmarking, or to compile content for a competitive product or service;
  7. Reverse engineer, decompile, tamper with, or disassemble the technology used to provide the service (except as and only to the extent any foregoing restriction is prohibited by a non­waivable provision of applicable law or to the extent as may be permitted by the licensing terms governing use of any open­ source components), or otherwise attempt to obtain source code;
  8. Interfere with or damage the service or our servers, including but not limited to through the use of viruses, malware, harmful code, denial of service attacks, forged information, or similar methods or technology;
  9. Impersonate or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with a person, entity or organization, or use a false identity;
  10. Attempt to obtain unauthorized access to the service or any materials or information not intentionally made available through the service;
  11. Collect information about users of the service;
  12. Violate, misappropriate, or infringe a third party’s intellectual property or other right through the service; or
  13. Interfere with any third party’s ability to use or enjoy, or our ability to provide, the service.

Intellectual Property Rights of Community.lawyer and Others

Community.lawyer owns the service and the content on the website but is not responsible for third party content. All content on the website, or otherwise made available via the service, except for third party content, the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein, the design of the website and service, and all software and other technology used to provide the service, are owned by or licensed to community.lawyer. We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

Community.lawyer may contain content provided by third parties. In addition, the service may contain links to third party websites. Community.lawyer is not responsible for the third party content on the website or provided through the service or the content on any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes to such sites. We do not endorse or accept any responsibility for third party content or the practices of third party sites.

Content of Users

Community.lawyer may include services that allow users to generate information, comments, reviews, data, photographs, interactive materials or software, or other content for or submit such content to our website. Users retain all rights in and are solely responsible for such content. Use of services for generating or submitting content is solely at each user’s own risk.

By generating content for or submitting content to community.lawyer, users grant community.lawyer a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, prepare derivative works of, distribute, perform, publish, or translate that content in any media formats or through any media channels. This license includes the right to reproduce any name, likeness, or photograph in user profiles. Users warrant that content generated for or submitted to community.lawyer is original or that the owner of the work has granted the user a license for said work with all the rights granted by users to community.lawyer in this paragraph.

Rate estimates; Compliance reports by directory attorneys

In connection with attorney-client relationships established as a result of requests facilitated by community.lawyer, attorneys listed in the community.lawyer directory agree to scale their rates in a manner tied to each consumer’s specific household size and household income. For the purposes of our estimates and agreement with listed attorneys, household income is defined as the combined gross income of all the members of a household who are 15 years or older. Likewise, household size is defined as the number of individuals for whom the consumer claims a personal exemption on his or her annual tax return.

Community.lawyer may provide non-official estimates based on the information consumers submit, including estimates of the scaled rate a directory attorney may charge a consumer in the event the consumer and attorney contract for legal services as a result of a request facilitated by our service. Community.lawyer does not make representations or warranties regarding whether attorneys will comply with their agreement to scale their fees or regarding the accuracy of estimates provided by our service. For an official rate quote, consumers must communicate with the lawyer. However, if a consumer believes that an attorney has not abided by his or her agreement to scale fees based on the consumer's household size and income, the consumer may email hello@community.lawyer to alert us of the issue.

Although community.lawyer does not make representations or warranties regarding whether attorneys will comply with their agreement to scale fees based on consumer's household size and income, we try to ensure compliance by asking listed attorneys to report the following about each request: whether the phone call was held, whether representation was offered and accepted as a result of the request, the dates upon which representation began and ended, the agreed upon fee structure, the number of hours the attorney and/or the attorney’s firm worked on the matter, and publicly available information about outcome. For some of these categories of information, we also ask attorneys to provide additional context about their response (e.g. attorneys who report that a phone call was not completed are asked to select the reason why: (1) 'Customer did not respond to attempts to contact'; (2) 'I failed to reach out to Customer'; (3) 'Conflict rules prevented me from completing the phone call with the Customer'; (4) 'I already provided Customer a free phone call for his or her matter'; or (5) 'Other'). Community.lawyer prohibits attorneys from reporting any of the above mentioned information if doing so conflicts with the attorney’s independent professional judgment or otherwise affects the attorney’s duties under the Professional Rules of Conduct. By requesting a phone call through community.lawyer, consumers consent to an attorney reporting said information to us, subject to the exemption related to each attorney’s professional judgment and duties under the Professional Rules of Conduct. Community.lawyer may also share aggregate, anonymized versions of this data in reports to partners, studies, or for other purposes related to our public benefit mission.

Text Message Alerts

When a consumer submits a request via community.lawyer and opts to receive text message alerts, community.lawyer may send them up to 10 text message alerts regarding the request and soliciting feedback about that request. You can unsubscribe from this service at any time by texting "STOP" to +1 917-624-9926. To resubscribe, text "START" to +1 917-624-9926. Standard data and message rates may apply for text message alerts. Please contact your mobile phone carrier for more information.

Disclaimers

While we try to keep community.lawyer safe and functioning, using our service exposes users to some risks. Community.lawyer is not responsible for any harm users may experience. Furthermore:

  1. THE SERVICE, AND ALL MATERIALS, CONTENT, AND PRODUCTS INCLUDED IN OR MADE AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITH NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. COMMUNITY.LAWYER AND ITS LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, LATENT DEFECTS, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON­INFRINGEMENT, AND QUIET ENJOYMENT.
  2. COMMUNITY.LAWYER DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE OR ITS USE WILL: (I) BE UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE, (II) GUARANTEE A RATE TO CONSUMERS OF LEGAL SERVICES, BE FREE OF DEFECTS, INACCURACIES, OR ERRORS, OR OTHERWISE CURRENT OR COMPLETE, (III) MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (IV) OPERATE IN THE CONFIGURATION OR WITH OTHER HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE YOU USE OR THIRD PARTY WEBSITES OR APPLICATIONS, OR (V) BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
  3. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR HARDWARE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.

Limitation of Damages

Community.lawyer’s liability for any damages you or a third party may incur is limited as follows:

  1. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL COMMUNITY.LAWYER, ITS MEMBERS, AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, ASSOCIATES, PARTNERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, OR REPRESENTATIVES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF GOODWILL, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, PERSONAL INJURY, LOSS OF PRIVACY, OR ATTORNEYS’ FEES), ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE SERVICE OR WEBSITE, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION ON WHICH THEY ARE BASED, EVEN IF COMMUNITY.LAWYER OR SUCH OTHER PERSONS OR ENTITIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
  2. IN NO EVENT WILL THE CUMULATIVE, AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF COMMUNITY.LAWYER IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE AND SERVICE EXCEED $100 OR THE AMOUNTS YOU PAID TO COMMUNITY.LAWYER IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARTICULAR PRODUCT OR SERVICE AT ISSUE, WHICHEVER IS GREATER.
  3. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE OR IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS OR COUNTRIES. BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON THE DURATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, OR LIMITATIONS ON OR EXCLUSIONS OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO A USER DEPENDING ON HER, HIS, OR ITS STATE OR NATION OF RESIDENCE.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify community.lawyer for all costs in connection with claims.

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold community.lawyer its affiliates, and their respective employees, representatives, agents, attorneys, directors, officers, and members harmless from any damage, loss, cost, or expense (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and costs) incurred in connection with any third party claim, demand, or action brought or asserted against any of the indemnified parties: (i) alleging facts or circumstances that would constitute a breach of any provision of these terms by you; (ii) arising from or related to your use of the service; or (iii) arising from or related to your user content.

If you are required to provide indemnification, community.lawyer may, in its sole and absolute discretion, control any claim at your sole cost and expense. You may not settle, compromise, or in any other manner dispose of any claim without community.lawyer’s consent.

Changes to the Service; Termination

Community.lawyer may terminate or modify the service or your use of the website at any time. Community.lawyer may, in its sole and absolute discretion and without any liability, modify, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the service, temporarily or permanently, at any time and without prior notice. We may deny you access to all or part of the service at any time for any reason or no reason at all. If we terminate your use of the service, you must cease all use of the service immediately. These terms will survive indefinitely unless and until community.lawyer chooses to terminate them.

Disputes

If you have any dispute with us, you agree that before taking any formal action, you will contact us at hello@community.lawyer, provide a brief, written description of the dispute, and your contact information and allow sixty days to pass, during which we will attempt to reach an amicable settlement of any issue. Disputes are further limited by the following:

  1. These terms, your use of the service, and any other matter relating to community.lawyer will be governed by the laws of the state of New York, without regard to conflict of laws principles.
  2. These terms and each of its parts evidence a transaction involving interstate commerce, and the United States Arbitration Act applies in all cases and governs the interpretation and enforcement of the arbitration rules and arbitration proceedings. Any claims arising out of, relating to, or connected with these terms must be asserted individually in binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Terms and the AAA Supplementary Procedures for Consumer­ Related Disputes (including, without limitation, utilizing desk, phone or video conference proceedings where appropriate and permitted to mitigate costs of travel) in New York, New York. The arbitrator shall not conduct any form of class or collective arbitration nor join or consolidate claims by or for individuals. The Arbitrator, and not any federal, state, or local court or agency, will have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of these Terms, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of these Terms is void or voidable or a particular claim is subject to arbitration. Judgment on the award rendered by the Arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. There are only two exceptions to this arbitration agreement:
    1. First, if we reasonably believe that you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate these terms, we may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any court of competent jurisdiction.
    2. Second, any claim of $1,000 or less may, at the option of the claiming party, be resolved in small claims court in New York, New York if the claim and the parties are within the jurisdiction of the small claims court.
  3. BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS, YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO A COURT TRIAL (OTHER THAN SMALL CLAIMS COURT AS PROVIDED ABOVE) OR TO SERVE AS A REPRESENTATIVE, AS A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, OR IN ANY OTHER REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY, OR TO PARTICIPATE AS A MEMBER OF A CLASS OF CLAIMANTS, IN ANY LAWSUIT, ARBITRATION, OR OTHER PROCEEDING FILED AGAINST US AND/OR RELATED THIRD PARTIES.
  4. REGARDLESS OF ANY STATUTE OR LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO USE OF THE WEBSITE, SERVICE, OR THE TERMS MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER SUCH CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISES OR IT WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.

Miscellaneous

  1. These terms make up the entire agreement between the parties regarding community.lawyer and supersedes any prior agreements.
  2. Under no circumstances will community.lawyer or its licensors be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from an event beyond community.lawyer’s reasonable control.
  3. The service is controlled and offered by community.lawyer from the United States of America. Community.lawyer makes no representation that the service may be used in or complies with the laws of other locations. Use from other locations is at your own risk. You consent to processing in the United States of America of the data you provide.
  4. If you provide us with your email address, you agree that we may send you emails related to the service or your account. If you do not want to receive general emails related to the service, you can opt­out by following the instructions in our messages. You may not opt out of emails relating to the administration of any service you request. We will communicate with you by email or by posting notices on the website. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. If you have a legal requirement to communicate with or give notice to us, you must use the address: community.lawyer, 150 Court St, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
  5. You may not transfer your rights or obligations under these terms without the prior written consent of community.lawyer. Community.lawyer may freely do so, in whole or in part. These terms will be binding upon the successors and permitted assigns of you and community.lawyer. These terms do not create any third party beneficiary rights. These terms will be interpreted as if equally drafted by community.lawyer and you. A party’s failure or delay in exercising (in whole or in part) any right, power, or privilege under these terms will not waive its rights to exercise such right, power, or privilege in the future. If any provision of these terms is declared invalid or unenforceable, then such provision will be deemed automatically amended to the minimum extent necessary to conform to the requirements for validity, and the remaining provisions of these terms will remain in full force and effect.

You acknowledge that you have read, understood, and are bound by these terms of service, as well as by the Privacy Policy of community.lawyer. If you have any questions about this agreement, please email us at hello@community.lawyer.