Terms of Service

The following terms and conditions constitute an agreement between you and LawTrades, Inc. (“LawTrades,” “we” or “us”), the operator of LawTrades.com (the “Site”). These terms of use (the “Terms of Use”) govern your use of the Site, both as a casual visitor and as a registered user. BY USING THE SITE, AND/OR BY REGISTERING WITH US, YOU SIGNIFY THAT YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE, including that you consent to the information practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference, and that you consent to resolve in the State of New York any dispute that you may have with us, or the Site. Please note that we offer the Site "AS IS" and without warranties. If you are registering an account or using the Site on behalf of an individual or entity other than yourself, you represent that you are authorized by such individual or entity to accept these Terms of Use on such individual's or entity's behalf.

About the Site

Everything we offer on the Site is referred to in these Terms of Use collectively as the "Services". Some of what is on the Site is viewable without registering with us, but to actively participate or store your information, you must register as a member and authorize the use and disclosure of your personal and legal information for purposes of allowing us to provide the Services and as otherwise disclosed in our Privacy Policy. LawTrades is an online platform that connects legal professionals with potential Users seeking legal services. LawTrades itself does not provide legal advice. LawTrades does not guarantee that Users will find legal representation through its system. LawTrades offers no opinion nor does it take a position on when or if an attorney-client relationship has been formed.

To provide a high quality platform for Users and legal professionals, LawTrades does not get involved in the agreements between members and clients or the actual representation of clients, so we cannot ensure the completion of agreements between the User and legal professional or the integrity of either party. The User is responsible for the integrity of all individuals with whom the User communicates using the Site, and not LawTrades itself. You acknowledge that although some of the content, text, data, graphics, images, information, suggestions, guidance, and other material (collectively, “Information”) that is provided to you on the Site (including Information provided in direct response to your questions or postings) may be provided by individuals in the legal profession, the provision of such Information does not create a attorney-client relationship, and does not constitute an opinion or legal advice, but is provided to assist you with locating an appropriate legal professional. Any form of use of the Site by potential clients or subscribing legal professional is not intended to and will not create an attorney-client relationship between any person, entity and LawTrades. Any electronic communication sent to LawTrades will not create an attorney-client relationship between the User and LawTrades.

We do not provide legal advice

The information that you receive from LawTrades, and its affiliates or otherwise on the Site is for informational and scheduling purposes only. LawTrades is not a law firm nor does it offer legal advice, recommendations, mediations or any kind of counseling. If you submit a legal related question to LawTrades, answers are (i) provided by independent legal professionals and organizations, (ii) for informational purposes only, and (iii) do not establish any attorney-client relationship.

LawTrades is not a law firm

LawTrades is not offering legal representation. LawTrades does not offer any legal advice, legal opinions, recommendations, referrals, or counseling. Subscribed attorneys are not employees or agents of LawTrades. LawTrades at no point may be held liable for actions or missions of any subscribed attorney performing services for you. Fees for legal services are not shared between legal professionals and LawTrades.

LawTrades is not a referral service

LawTrades is not a lawyer referral service. We do not recommend or endorse any specific subscribing attorney, service provider or other information that may appear on the Site to a User. LawTrades makes no representation concerning an attorney’s qualifications aside from the lawyer being licensed to practice law in at least one state during registration. We do not make any warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the legal ability, competence, quality, or qualifications of any subscribed attorney. LawTrades does not guarantee that subscribed attorneys are covered by professional liability insurance. LawTrades encourages Users to research any subscribed attorney before accepting professional advice. LawTrades does not screen for any of its UsersAllowing a platform where potential clients and legal professionals can meet does not signify an endorsement of any subscribing attorney or service provider. LawTrades does not sanction statements lawyers may post on the platform. LawTrades makes no representation concerning the qualifications of non-attorney legal service providers. Your case will not be viewed by non-attorney legal providers without your consent. LawTrades does not filter potential cases or channel potential clients to selected lawyers.

No attorney-client relationship

NO LICENSED ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF THE SITE OR THROUGH ANY OTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM LAWTRADES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE “FIND A LAWYER”, LINKS TO OTHER SITES OR ANY ASSISTANCE WE MAY PROVIDE TO HELP YOU FIND AN APPROPRIATE LEGAL PROFESSIONAL.WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERTISE, AND QUALITY OF WORK OR OTHER INFORMATION HEREIN. FURTHERMORE, WE DO NOT IN ANY WAY ENDORSE ANY INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED HEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN BY YOU IN RELIANCE ON SUCH INFORMATION. We have no control over, and cannot guarantee the availability of any legal professional at any particular time. We will not be liable for cancelled or otherwise unfulfilled appointments or any injury resulting therefrom, or for any other injury resulting from the use of the Site or Services whatsoever. You are strongly advised to perform your own investigation prior to selecting a legal professional by making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing authorities to verify listed credentials and education, and to further verify information about a particular subscribed attorney by confirming with the lawyers office and the state bar association.

Lawyer Users

Lawyer users are independent legal professionals who offer to perform legal services to prospective clients. They are not employees of LawTrades.

All Legal Fees Are Paid To Lawyers

LawTrades does not render or charge for legal services. Clients may contract with lawyers by selecting a project and LawTrades may charge a service fee for each project completed by the LawTrades platform in exchange for creating, hosting, maintaining, and providing the site and site services. Soliciting or processing payment outside of LawTrades is prohibited for the safety and security of all LawTrades users. If a client solicits work to be done and paid outside of the LawTrades platform, please report them immediately.

There Is No Fee For Finding Engagements

LawTrades does not recommend lawyers to clients. LawTrades merely makes its services available to enable lawyers to do so themselves. Therefore, LawTrades does not charge a fee when a lawyer finds a suitable client or finds an engagement. However, clients and lawyers are obligated to use the Site to pay and receive payment for their work together if they identified each other through the Site.

Non-Circumvention

LawTrades only charges a service fee when a client and a lawyer pay and receive payment through the site. Therefore, for 24 months from the time you identify or are identified by any party through the site, you must use the site as your exclusive method to request, make, and receive all payments for work directly or indirectly with that party or arising out of your relationship with that party. LawTrades will terminate a lawyer’s access to and use of the Site if such lawyer is found to be accepting payments outside of the service for clients arising out of the service.

User Expectations

Authorization and acknowledgement; important information about legal professionals relationships and lists In connection with using the Site and the Services to locate and schedule appointments with legal professionals, you understand that: You are ultimately responsible for choosing your own legal professional LawTrades selects legal professionals to be listed on the Site pursuant to a contractual agreement. LawTrades will provide you with a list and/or profiles of legal professionals who may be suitable to deliver the legal services that you are seeking based on information that you provide to LawTrades (such as proximity to your geographical location and area of law). In an effort to aid in the discovery of legal professionals, and enable the maximum choice of diversity of legal professionals who participate in the services, these lists and/or profiles may also be based on other criteria (including, for example, legal professionals availability, past selections by and/or ratings of legal professionals by you or by other LawTrades users, and past experience of LawTrades users); but LawTrades (i) does not recommend or endorse any legal professions, (ii) does not make any representations or warranties with respect to these legal professionals or the quality of the legal services they may provide, and (iii) does not receive any additional fees from legal professionals for featuring them through the Service.

User Responsibilities

You are solely responsible for your account and the activity that occurs while signed into or while using your account.If you sign up for the Service, you will create a personalized account which includes a unique username and a password to access the Service and to receive messages from LawTrades. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the account. LawTrades will not be responsible for any liabilities, losses, or damages arising you of the unauthorized use of your computer (or any computing device) or your account. Because we cannot guarantee the fitness of any of our subscribed attorneys for your specific needs, LawTrades encourages Users to request a written legal engagement agreement specifying the terms, scope, limitations and conditions of the representation. You represent and warrant that: (i) you have the authority to, and are of legal age in your jurisdiction to, bind yourself o this Agreement; (ii) your use of the Service will solely for purposes that are permitted by this Agreement; (iii) your use of the service will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party; and (iv) your use of the Service will comply with all local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, and with all other LawTrades policies.

Use and conduct restrictions

Even though the Services are provided free of charge, the usual and customary charges of any legal professional will apply and will be entirely your responsibility. You are responsible for all use of the Site and for all use of your Credentials, including use by others to whom you given your credentials. You may use the Site and the Services for lawful, non-commercial purposes only. You may not use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair our servers or networks, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site or the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any of the services, user accounts, or computer systems or networks, through hacking, password mining or any other means. Without limiting an of the foregoing, you agree that you shall not (and you agree not to allow any third party to): copy, modify, adapt, translate, or reverse engineer any portion of the Site, its content or materials and/or the Services; remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained in or on the Site and/or the Services or in or on any content or other material obtained via the Site and/or the Services; use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve or index any portion of the Site and/or the Services; access, retrieve or index any portion of the Site and/or the Services for purposes of constructing or populating a searchable database of reviews related to the legal industry; reformat or frame any portion of the web pages that are part of the Site and/or the Services; fraudulently misuse the Services by scheduling an appointment with a legal professional which you have no intention of keeping; create user accounts by automated means or under false or fraudulent pretenses; collect or store personal data about other users in connection with the prohibited activities described in this paragraph; or use any means, including software means, to conduct web scraping of any portion of the Site, its content or materials and/or the Services.In addition to our rights in these Terms of Use, we may take any legal action and implement any technical remedies to prevent the violation of this provision and to enforce these Terms of Use.

Confidentiality

LawTrades makes every effort to maintain the confidentiality of any information submitted by Users to our Services and our database of members. However, because we cannot control the conduct of others, we cannot guarantee that this information will remain confidential. Please use caution in deciding what information to input into the platform and to reveal in electronic messages. Do not provide any other highly personal, sensitive or incriminating information such as confessions, names or addresses. LawTrades is not responsible for the release or improper use of such information by other Users or any release due to error or failure in the platform. 

Indemnification

The user agrees that LawTrades is not responsible for any harm that this service may cause. Upon a request by us, the User agrees to indemnify, defend and hold us, our employees, contractors, officers, directors, agents, parent, other affiliated companies, suppliers, successors, and assigns harmless from and against any and all liabilities, claims, demands and expenses, including attorney’s fees, made by any third party that arise from or are related to (a) your access to the Site, (b) your use of the Services, or (c) the violation of these Terms of Use, or any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity, by you or any third party using your Credentials. The foregoing indemnification obligation does not apply to liabilities, claims and expenses arising as a result of our own gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

Communication and other data

LawTrades is not responsible for any loss of data resulting from accidental or deliberate deletion, network or system outages, file corruption, or any other reasons. LawTrades also reserves the right to release current or past User information in the event LawTrades believes that accounts are in violation of the terms of use or page content guidelines, used to commit unlawful acts, if the information is subpoenaed, and/or if LawTrades deems it necessary and/or appropriate. We also reserve the right to deny service to offenders of these guidelines and to terminate or deny service to anyone for any reason or no reason.

Electronic contracting and notices

Your affirmative act of using this Site and/or registering for the Site or the Services constitutes your electronic signature to these Terms of Use, which includes our Privacy Policy, and your consent to enter into agreements with us electronically.

Premium services

LawTrades offers optional Premium Services including the LawTrades Virtual Practice. By selecting a Premium Service you agree to pay LawTrades the subscription fee indicated for that service. Payments for subscription services will be charged on the month following your subscription and will cover the use of that service for the period indicated. Cancellations must be received in writing by email (hello@lawtrades.com) or by U.S. mail (LawTrades, Inc., 500 7th Avenue, Floor 17A, New York, NY 10018 ATTN: Cancellations). If your payment method fails or your account is past due, LawTrades reserves the right to either suspend or terminate your Premium Services. Any such suspension or termination will result in the cancellation of any promotional programs applicable to your Premium Services. At approximately the beginning of the month, LawTrades shall provide licensee a record of all the user interactions that were provided in the preceding calendar month, which shall be deemed to be final and accepted. It is understood that not every user interaction is going to result into a paying client. You may notify LawTrades should you receive an invalid user interaction during the month that the invalid client interaction is received. “Invalid user interaction” shall mean each interaction (i) with a disconnected telephone number or a user who provides an invalid telephone number, or (ii) which is a duplicate of an inquiry delivered to licensee within the previous 90 days.

Hyperlinks

You are granted a limited, non-exclusive right to create a text hyperlink to the Site for noncommercial purposes, provided such link does not portray Company, any of its products and services, or any professional or professional services entity in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise defamatory manner and provided further that the linking site does not contain any adult or illegal material or any material that is offensive, harassing or otherwise objectionable. This limited right may be revoked at any time. You may not use a Company logo or other proprietary graphic of Company to link to this Site without the express written permission of Company. Further, you may not use, frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any Company trademark, logo or other proprietary information, including the images found at the Site, the content of any text or the layout/design of any page or form contained on a page on the Site without Company's express written consent. Except as noted above, you are not conveyed any right or license by implication, estoppel or otherwise in or under any patent, trademark, copyright or proprietary right of Company or any third party. Company makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party Web sites accessible by hyperlink from the Site, or Web sites linking to the Site. Such sites are not under the control of Company and Company is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any review, changes or updates to such sites. Company provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Company of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave the Site, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site.