Welcome to Legal Bistro. The Legal Bistro Website (the "Site") is owned and operated by Legal Bistro.com ("Legal Bistro" or "We or Our"). The Site provides an Internet forum that facilitates communication between legal professionals and parties ("You or Your") who are potential users of legal services. We serve as an online community of buyers and sellers of legal services to securely and confidently exchange information such that a future professional relationship can be established. We do not guarantee that Our users will find legal representation through Our venue nor do We obligate You to establish a professional relationship on Our Site. We take no formal or legal position, nor do We offer any opinion regarding the establishment of an attorney client relationship.
Legal Bistro, in its sole and absolute discretion, may change or modify this Agreement and any policies or agreements which are incorporated herein, at any time, and such changes or modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting to Our website. You acknowledge and agree that (i) We may notify You of such changes or modifications by posting them to this Site and (ii) Your use of this Site or the Services found at this Site after such changes or modifications have been made (as indicated by the "Last Revised" date at the top of this page) shall constitute Your acceptance of this Agreement as last revised. If You do not agree to be bound by this Agreement as last revised, do not use (or continue to use) this Site or the Services found at this Site. In addition, We may occasionally notify You of changes or modifications to this Agreement by email. It is therefore very important that you keep your account ("Account") information, including your email address, current. Legal Bistro assumes no liability or responsibility for Your failure to receive an email notification if such failure results from an inaccurate or out-of-date email address.
Legal Bistro does not get involved directly with any agreements between You and any provider of professional legal services through the Site. We do not get involved in Your actual representation and therefore; cannot insure or guaranty the actual completion of any formal legal agreement. Although We provide You with information on the Site about the licensing status of the legal professionals who are members of the Legal Bistro service, You are solely responsible for assessing the integrity, honesty and trustworthiness of any professional that You decide to retain. You are also responsible for insuring the accuracy and current status of the legal professional’s license to practice law and their reputation in doing so.
Your use of the services provided by any of the subscribing legal professional members on Our Site is not intended to nor will it create an attorney client relationship between You and any other person, entity or Legal Bistro. Information posted or made available on or through the Site, including without limitation any responses to legal questions posted in the Legal Bistro Q&A Section and any other comments, opinions, recommendations, answers, analysis, references, referrals or legally related content or information (collectively "Legal Information") is not intended as legal advice. Such Legal Information is intended for general informational purposes only and should be used only as a starting point for addressing Your legal issues. It is not a substitute for an in-person or telephone consultation with an attorney licensed to practice in Your jurisdiction about Your specific legal issue, and You should not rely upon such Legal Information.
You understand that questions and answers or other postings to the Site are not confidential and are not subject to attorney-client privilege. Moreover, no electronic communication sent to Legal Bistro will constitute or create an attorney-client relationship between You and Legal Bistro. Consequently, any information that You choose to post either about Yourself or Your case is not protected by any attorney client privilege and is being posted at Your Own risk.
We do not make nor imply any representation, warranty or guarantee about the legal services, ability, quality or competence that may be provided by any of the lawyers, legal professionals, law firms or legal service providers who may be members and/or participate in the Competitive Bidding or Auction Process on Our Site. We strongly urge You not to formally accept any information received from any source or party with whom You may have contact on this Site unless such information has been received from a licensed attorney who You have retained to represent You in Your legal matter.
The Legal Bistro Website is provided as an Internet forum or online meeting place to facilitate communication between You and legal professionals. The facilitation of an online meeting on the Site does not imply an endorsement or recommendation of any particular member attorney or legal service provider. We make no representations or warranties regarding an attorney’s qualifications. We do not endorse any statements that may be posted by member attorneys on the Site. The decision to communicate with and/or retain any attorney that You meet on the Site is solely Your decision.
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Legal Bistro provides legal professionals and their potential clients with an Internet forum that functions as an open market. We are not responsible for the content of materials posted on the Site. Any opinions or views expressed by any parties on the Site are solely their opinion and do not reflect the views or opinions of Legal Bistro. Data submitted by any party on the Site is not verified or reviewed in any way before it is posted on the Site. Legal Bistro does not warrant the validity or accuracy of any such information. Please exercise caution and common sense when using the Site or relying on any information that You have obtained from the Site.
Although Legal Bistro makes an effort to keep information on the Site current, We do not continuously review the standing of any attorney member with any or all regulatory authorities. Consequently there could have been a change in the status of the attorney since Our information was last updated. When considering retaining any attorney or law firm, You are strongly encouraged to check the attorney's standing with the State Bar Association or State Supreme Court (depending on the state in which You reside or require legal services). When considering employing a non-attorney legal service or service provider, You are strongly encouraged to check with the agency that certified the provider or the applicable regulatory body prior to actually retaining their services.
Legal Bistro makes every reasonable effort to verify that attorneys who subscribe to Our Service are licensed and in good standing in at least one state within the United States at the time of their registration. However, there are more than one million licensed attorneys throughout the United States. We are unable to track, verify, or monitor the standing of each attorney who may choose to register Our Site. We make no representation regarding the status, standing or ability of any attorney or law firm that submits bids, or is listed on the Site.
You are strongly advised to make Your own independent investigation and evaluation of any attorney or law firm being considered to represent You. Your determination of the need for legal services and the choice of legal representation are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely on advertisements, claims of expertise, or on the cost of rendering the requested legal services.
Legal Bistro is not responsible for, and in no way endorses, any description or indication of specialization or limitation of practice by any attorney or law firm on Our Site. Please be aware that no agency or board may have certified such attorney as a specialist or expert in any indicated field of law practice. Moreover, an attorney claiming specialization is not necessarily any more expert or competent than other attorneys. It is up to You to question the attorneys and providers on the factual basis of any statement they make, ask for the names of the certifying agencies, and verify all information.
We would strongly encourage You to obtain references and/or recommendations for any lawyer or law firm that You are considering to represent You in Your legal matter. We would suggest that You obtain both personal and professional references for any lawyer who You are evaluating. More importantly, You should follow up and speak with several references who have previously used the services of the lawyer or law firm that You are considering for legal representation. Your due diligence is a very important part of the decision to retain an individual lawyer or law firm.
You are strongly advised to exercise caution when reviewing any information posted on the Site or submitted to You by attorneys and other parties. Although We strongly encourage attorneys and law firms to comply with all regulations governing attorney conduct, it is impossible for Legal Bistro to monitor the integrity or compliance with applicable rules of conduct for all lawyers and law firms throughout the United States. That responsibility resides with the State Bar Associations and State Supreme Courts so You are strong advised to verify the current status of any lawyer who You may retain to represent You.
We do not endorse the content or legality of any responses, statements, or promises made by attorneys, law firms or any other parties, on or off the Site.
We believe that feedback provided by both lawyers and consumers is a critical part of Our online community. When lawyers on the Site provide service that consistently results in a high level of satisfaction to their clients, everyone in Our online community benefits. One of the ways that We attempt to monitor the satisfaction levels of Our customers is through User Supplied Feedback (“USF”). Our feedback consists of a rating and a short comment that have been designed to help You to evaluate a registered lawyer’s reputation within the Legal Bistro community. Over time, Legal Bistro attorneys develop a reputation which is based upon the comments and ratings left by other consumers who have used Our Site.
While USF is intended to be an open and honest place for Our customers to share their experiences in selecting and working with lawyers with other customers on the Site, You should be cautious not to rely solely only on this limited feedback when deciding to retain a lawyer for Your legal matter. We would strongly caution You not to rely solely on the feedback and ratings that are posted on the Site as they may reflect the opinions of only a small number of individuals. We would suggest that You use the information as a guide when conducting Your own due diligence before retaining a lawyer to represent You in Your legal matter. You should also be aware that the views, opinions and comments provided by You or other consumers on the Site do not express the views of Legal Bistro.
THE SERVICE. You agree that: (a) If You choose to register, You must submit a valid e-mail address and select a password and user name during the registration process; You may also elect to login with Your credentials from another popular social network Website such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. (b) You may elect to import data from one of the social network Websites in order to streamline the registration and case posting process on the Site; (c) You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Your member name and password, and for all uses of Your account -- whether or not You've authorized such use; (d) You agree to notify Legal Bistro immediately of any unauthorized use of Your account; and (e) You are at least 18 years of age. In addition, You understand and agree that the content posted on the Site by all users, including by You, will be collected, aggregated and anonymously integrated into Our Site, and that Legal Bistro will use aggregated data collected from You and other users for statistical and analytical reporting purposes.
REGISTRATION AND CASE POST PROCESS. If You decide to register for the Service, You must complete the Legal Bistro registration and case posting process. As part of the registration process for the Service, You agree to: (a) provide certain limited information about You and Your Case as prompted to do so by the Service (such information to be current, complete and accurate); (b) maintain and update this information as required to keep it current, complete and accurate. The information requested upon original sign up shall be referred to as registration and case data ("Registration and Case Data"). Legal Bistro reserves the right to refuse the Service to any user; (c) You have the right to remain anonymous at all times on Our Site. You decide whether or not to reveal Your real contact information to any attorney or legal service provider that You meet on the Site. You have the right to decline to provide any information asked of You during the registration and case posting process. You understand that Your failure to provide certain case or personal information may result in fewer lawyers being interested in Your case. You also understand that any information that has been provided either about You or Your Case is not protected by any attorney-client privilege.
YOUR COST TO USE THE SERVICE. There is no cost to You for Our services. You will not be asked to supply a credit card and there are no charges (hidden or otherwise) to use Our services. We make Our money from the lawyers who communicate with You on Our Site. You are under no obligation to hire any of the lawyers on the Site.
LICENSE AND SITE ACCESS. Legal Bistro grants You a limited license to access and make personal use of the Site and not to download (other than page caching) or modify it, or any portion of it, except with Our express written consent. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of this Site or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of this Site or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction services. This Site or any portion of this Site may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without Our express written consent.
You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) on the Site without Our express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing Our name or trademarks without Our express written consent. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by Legal Bistro.
COPYRIGHTS AND TRADEMARKS. Legal Bistro and the Legal Bistro logo and other names, logos, icons and marks identifying Legal Bistro products and services are trademarks of Legal Bistro and may not be used without the prior written permission of Legal Bistro. All content on the Site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of Legal Bistro or its content suppliers and protected by international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on the Site is the exclusive property of Legal Bistro and protected by international copyright laws. All software used on the Site is the property of Legal Bistro or its suppliers and protected by international copyright laws.
Except as otherwise expressly set forth in this Agreement, You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, or create derivative works of any content on the Site without Our express written authorization. Further, You may not reverse engineer, decompile, alter, modify, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to derive source code from the Service. All rights not expressly granted in this Agreement are reserved to Legal Bistro.
You shall not remove, cover or obscure any trademark, copyright and other proprietary notices or legends included on the Site. Further, Legal Bistro does not provide any warranty as to Your use of any third party content or software that You obtain from the Site.
Legal Bistro respects the intellectual property of others and We require that Our users and members do the same. You may not post, distribute or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information that You do not have legal authorization to use. If You believe Your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USER CONDUCT. You agree to act responsibly and to treat other users and members with respect.
CONTENT. You are fully responsible for any content You post on the Site, including, but not limited to, personal profile(s), case details, message boards, listings, events, testimonials, e-mail messages, and the consequences of any such content. You understand, and agree that, unless expressly stated, Legal Bistro in no way controls, verifies, or endorses any of the information contained on the Site, including links, events, messages, message boards and members' published listings.
If You post content on the Site, and unless We indicate otherwise, You grant Legal Bistro a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content. You grant Legal Bistro the right to use the name that You submit in connection with such content, if We choose. You represent and warrant that You own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that You post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content You supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity. You also warrant that the holder of any rights, including moral rights in such content, has completely and effectively waived all such rights and validly and irrevocably granted to You the right to grant the license stated above. You also permit any user to access, display, view, store and reproduce such content for personal use. Subject to the foregoing, the owner of such content placed on the Site retains any and all rights that may exist in such content.
Legal Bistro requires that any information posted by You regarding a company, person, or other entity is truthful, factual, and represents an actual incident. Companies and individuals are protected by law from false claims against them. Negative comments and complaints posted by You could be construed as claims about a company or an individual and may be subject to libel laws. Please verify that all information submitted is accurate and factual.
In order to protect Your privacy, You are not permitted to have any e-mail or physical address or telephone numbers displayed in Your profile.
Content that is illegal or prohibited, includes, but is not limited to, material, text, graphics, video or audio that:
If You encounter such prohibited material on the Site You waive Your right to any damages related to such exposure. Such material should be immediately reported to: email@example.com.
- Is unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, bigoted, racially offensive, obscene, fraudulent, defamatory, invasive of privacy or otherwise objectionable
- Displays pornographic or sexually explicit material of any kind
- Encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, gives rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation
- Transmits or posts any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, "spam," junk mail, chain letters, etc.
- Transmits or posts any content that infringes upon patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights or other proprietary rights
- Transmits or posts any viruses or material designed to disrupt, limit or destroy any functionality of any computer software or hardware of users, members or the Legal Bistro service
- Collects, stores or solicits information about other users or members for commercial or unlawful purposes or engage in commercial activity such as contests, sweepstakes, etc. without Legal Bistro prior consent
- Advertises any illegal services or the sale of any items prohibited or restricted by applicable law
- Has misleading e-mail addresses or other manipulated identifiers to disguise its origin
- Compromise the security of Our Service and Site or try to gain access to private or secure areas of the Site, including to information supplied by other Users
Legal Bistro reserves all legal rights that We may have against You if You are reported and then verified to be operating a cashier check or wire transfer scam, or any other scam on Our Site. Legal Bistro may also report such conduct to the FTC and the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES. Any links included within Legal Bistro that take users out of the Site are not under Our control and We shall not be responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. All such sites shall be subject to the policies and procedures of the owner of such sites. We encourage You to read those policies and know Your rights.
TRANSACTIONS WITH ORGANIZATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS. Legal Bistro shall not be liable for Your interactions with any organizations and/or individuals found on or through the Site. This includes, but is not limited to, payment and delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings. These dealings are solely between You and such organizations and/or individuals. You agree that Legal Bistro is not responsible for any damage or loss incurred as a result of any such dealings. Legal Bistro is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between participants on the site, or between participants on the site and any third party. In the event of a dispute, You release Legal Bistro, its officers, employees, agents and successors in rights from claims, damages and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and Our Site.
TERMINATION. Legal Bistro reserves the right in Our sole discretion to refuse membership to anyone. We may terminate Your membership and any and all information, communications or postings, at any time, without notice, for conduct that violates this Agreement. Legal Bistro may modify or discontinue the Site or the Service at any time without notice to You and without liability to You or any third party.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR ANY GRAPHICS OR OTHER CONTENT YOU DOWNLOAD FROM THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF FILES, SOFTWARE, SERVICES AND/OR ANY GRAPHICS OR OTHER CONTENT. THE SERVICES AND/OR ANY GRAPHICS OR OTHER CONTENT YOU DOWNLOAD FROM THE SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. LEGAL BISTRO., ITS LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. NEITHER LEGAL BISTRO NOR ITS LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS MAKE ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SOFTWARE, SERVICE AND/OR ANY GRAPHICS OR OTHER CONTENT YOU DOWNLOAD FROM THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE SOFTWARE OR SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE; NOR DOES LEGAL BISTRO, ITS LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR AS TO THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICE OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. AS A PROVIDER OF INTERACTIVE SERVICES, LEGAL BISTRO IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY STATEMENTS, REPRESENTATIONS OR CONTENT PROVIDED BY ITS USERS IN ANY PUBLIC FORUM, PERSONAL HOME PAGE OR OTHER INTERACTIVE AREA. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT SHALL LEGAL BISTRO, ITS LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE, SERVICE, AND/OR ANY GRAPHICS OR OTHER CONTENT OF THE SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, EVEN IF LEGAL BISTRO HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHER, LEGAL BISTRO SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO YOU OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES FOR ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT UPLOADED ONTO OR DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
INDEMNITY. YOU HEREBY AGREE, AT YOUR EXPENSE, TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS LEGAL BISTRO, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND EMPLOYEES FROM AND AGAINST ANY LOSS, COST, DAMAGES, LIABILITY, AND/OR EXPENSE, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO (A) THIRD PARTY CLAIMS, ACTIONS OR ALLEGATIONS OF INFRINGEMENT BASED ON INFORMATION, DATA OR CONTENT YOU SUBMITTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, (B) ANY FRAUD OR MANIPULATION, OR OTHER BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT, BY YOU, OR (C) THIRD PARTY CLAIMS, ACTIONS OR ALLEGATIONS BROUGHT AGAINST LEGAL BISTRO ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR THE SITE.
GENERAL TERMS. By visiting this Site, You agree that this Agreement is governed in all respects by the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A, without reference to its conflicts of laws principles, and any dispute arising hereunder shall be submitted to state and federal courts in New York County, New York and You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced. Legal Bistro's failure to act with respect to a breach by You does not waive Legal Bistro's right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.
ASSIGNMENT. You may not assign or transfer this Agreement or any rights hereunder, and any attempt to the contrary is void. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon each party's successors and assigns. Legal Bistro shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform resulting directly or indirectly from any causes beyond Our reasonable control. Any notice required or given to You under this Agreement shall be delivered by electronic mail at the e-mail address provided by You during registration.
SPECIAL ADMONITIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL USE. As a consequence of the global nature of the Internet, You agree to comply with all local rules regarding user conduct on the Internet and acceptable content. Specifically, You agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which You reside.
ENTIRETY. This Agreement constitutes the complete and exclusive understanding and agreement of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior understandings, proposals, agreements, negotiations, and discussions between the parties, whether written or oral. You understand and agree that You are solely responsible for reviewing the terms of this Agreement from time to time.