Terms and Conditions
OLEA LLP TERMS AND CONDITIONS – EFFECTIVE DATE: 2009
PLEASE READ THIS TERMS & CONDITIONS AGREEMENT (the “AGREEMENT”) CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR DO NOT UNDERSTAND FULLY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE ATTORNEYS AT OLEA LLP. IF YOU ARE READING THIS AGREEMENT BEFORE REGISTERING AS A CLIENT, THIS AGREEMENT IS PURELY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY/CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.
THIS AGREEMENT IS PROVIDED BY OLEA LLP, A LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP REGISTERED IN WASHINGTON STATE. OLEA LLP IS AN ONLINE LAW FIRM ESTABLISHED IN OLYMPIA WASHINGTON AND IS MANAGED BY CHARLENE QUINCEY AND KATY SHEEHAN, WHOM ARE BOTH LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. OLEA LLP DOES NOT SEEK TO REPRESENT ANYONE DESIRING REPRESENTATION BASED UPON ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE IN A JURISDICTION WHERE THE WEBSITE FAILS TO COMPLY WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND ETHICAL RULES. MOREOVER, OLEA LLP ATTORNEYS DO NOT SEEK TO PRACTICE LAW IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH THEY ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO DO SO.
As a provider of unbundled legal services, you agree that you alone are responsible to proceed as a pro se litigant by filing all documentation in compliance with Washington State and local laws, rules and guidelines. By providing limited legal services, the attorneys at Olea LLP will not attend a hearing, trial or file any documents on your behalf. After performing the agreed upon services the attorneys at Olea LLP have no further obligation to you.
This website and Olea LLP offers legal services related to Washington State law only. This website is not to be considered as a solicitation for legal services related to any other states’ law.
2. Limitation of Services:
Olea LLP does not provide physical representation nor do we file any documents on your behalf. Olea LLP will not commence litigation on your behalf. Olea LLP aims to provide affordable limited legal services or ‘unbundled’ legal services including document drafting, general advice, document review and legal research pertaining to Washington State law. If it is determined that your specific legal matter requires the services of a full service law firm, the attorneys at Olea LLP will inform you that we are unable to assist you and will offer a free referral to an appropriate Washington State attorney.
3. Unbundled Legal Services:
Olea LLP is an online law firm with all legal services provided by Washington State licensed attorneys. Olea LLP is not a ‘fill-in the form’ website or pre-paid legal service provider. All documents are drafted by our attorneys and are individualized to meet each client’s specific needs. As a provider of unbundled legal services however, you agree that you alone are responsible to proceed as a pro se litigant by filing all documentation in compliance with Washington State and local laws, rules and guidelines. By providing limited legal services, the attorneys at Olea LLP will not attend a hearing, trial or file any documents on your behalf. After performing the agreed upon services the attorneys at Olea LLP have no further obligation to you. Moreover, as with any legal service, we cannot guarantee any legal outcome.
4. Confidentiality and Record Retention:
The attorneys responsible for this website are licensed to only practice law in the State of Washington and only provide limited legal services pertaining to Washington State law.
Olea LLP strictly complies with the professional rules and regulations governing the legal profession as mandated by the Washington State Bar Association. Any information received by Olea LLP from our clients is held in the strictest of confidence and will not be released to anyone outside of Olea LLP, unless it is agreed upon by you or is required under applicable laws.
All Olea LLP records are securely retained in electronic files, along with secure backups, for the period of years required under Washington State law.
5. Attorney/Client Relationship:
A client enters an attorney-client relationship with Olea LLP only after a specific question has been posed or a legal service requested through the prospective client’s personal login page on our website and the question or request for service has been confirmed by an Olea LLP attorney. An attorney/client relationship will not exist before a prospective client has provided Olea LLP with their personal information and an Olea LLP attorney has completed a jurisdiction check and a conflict of interest check. If a conflict arises, we may decline to provide services. It is important to remember that the rules governing attorney/client privilege do not arise until the attorney has expressly communicated their ability and willingness to provide legal services.
Olea LLP’s website and BLAWG are for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. All information and materials are general in nature, and may not apply to particular factual or legal circumstances. All information and materials contained in the website and BLAWG are not intended to constitute, and do not constitute, legal advice. Moreover, the information and materials are not intended to constitute, and do not constitute, a solicitation for the formation of an attorney/client relationship. No attorney/client relationship is created through your use of our website unless the described formal procedures as stated above have been followed.
Olea LLP claims copyright protection on all of the content provided in this website. The content from this website may not be reproduced, copied and/or redistributed in any form without the express permission of Olea LLP. Furthermore, the content from this website cannot be modified nor can it be used for commercial purposes.
8. Client Funds:
Registering as a client on this website is free of charge and no obligation will be created for registering. Most legal services will be completed before a client’s payment is due and processed although in some circumstances, a retainer fee or ‘upfront’ fee may be required before legal services are undertaken. Once the legal services have been completed, they will be uploaded to the client’s personal page and then may be accessed by the client once payment has been confirmed through a Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) compliant credit card processor. 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. As a reminder, Olea LLP will not pay any court costs associated with a clients case which may be required as part of a lawsuit, filing fees or service of process fees.
Primary communications are done through this website 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) complaint credit card processors, and no credit card or payment account numbers are stored on our servers. Links posted on this website to other websites are provided only as a convenience to our clients. We assume no responsibility for the content, security or reliability of any websites to which we have posted links. Spamming, the unsolicited broadcasts of email addresses or links in this website, is prohibited and unauthorized.
10. Virtual Law Office and Registration:
In order to retain our services, you must register on our website. There will be no fee charged for registration on this website. By registering you will receive access to a personal information page where you may request our services in a secure manner. By registering on our website, you are representing that you are at least 18 years of age and able to enter into a binding contact with Olea LLP. Furthermore, by registering you are representing that the information you provide to us is correct, accurate and updated.
11. Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties:
THE WEBSITE AND THE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY. OLEA LLP DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS, ALL WARRANTIES THAT MIGHT ARISE FROM YOUR USE OR RELIANCE ON THE WEBSITE (INCLUDING ANY LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES THAT ARE CONTAINED WITHIN THE WEBSITE) AND THE MATERIALS AND INFORMATION THEREIN. OLEA LLP FURTHER ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT OF THIS WEBSITE.
OLEA LLP WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY KIND AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE. AS STATED ABOVE, THIS WEBSITE PERTAINS TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN WASHINGTON STATE ONLY AND THEREFOR THE CONTENT ON THIS SITE IN NOT APPLICABLE IN ANY OTHER STATE OTHER THAN WASHINGTON STATE.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Olea LLP, from and against all claims, losses, costs, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys fees) arising out of your activities in connection with the website or any violation of this Agreement by you.
The terms of this agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington. The state and federal courts located in King County, Washington will have exclusive jurisdiction over any case or controversy arising from or relating to this agreement, Olea LLP’s website or any services provided by Olea LLP. 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, Olea LLP’s website or any services provided by Olea LLP.
14. Force Majeure:
Olea LLP will 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 Olea LLP.
15. IRS Circular 230 Disclosure:
In compliance with the requirements of the IRS pertaining to the publication of Circular 230, we inform you that any advice contained on this website or in any communication originating from this website or this law practice which is related to U.S. federal tax advice is not intended or created to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of 1) either avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or promoting, marketing or 2) recommending to another party any transaction or matter that is contained on this website or in any communication originating from this law practice.
In the event that one or more of the provisions of this agreement shall be found unenforceable, illegal or invalid, it shall not affect any other provisions of this agreement, and this agreement shall be construed as if the provision found to be unenforceable, illegal or invalid had never been contained in the agreement, or the unenforceable, illegal or invalid provision shall be construed, amended and/or reformed to be made enforceable, legal and valid.
17. Complete Understanding:
This, together with any of our policies referred to herein, is the entire Agreement between you and Olea LLP and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral Agreements between you and Olea LLP regarding the same subject matter. Neither the course of conduct between you and Olea LLP, nor trade practice, shall act to modify any provision of this Agreement. This Agreement is not assignable, transferable or sublicensable by you except with our prior written consent.
This Agreement and all terms herein, may only be modified by subsequent written agreement by the parties, signed by both of them.