DIYlaw products and services are provided by DIYlaw Technologies Limited (“DIYlaw”). These terms of service ("Terms") govern your use of DIYlaw websites, products and services (collectively, the "Services"), so please read them carefully.
The Site reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these Terms and Conditions of use at any time. Changes will be effective when posted on the Site with no other notice provided. Please check these Terms and Conditions of use regularly for updates. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these Terms and Conditions of use constitutes your acceptance of those changes.
DIYlaw is a platform where lawyers unaffiliated with DIYlaw can offer information and interact with users. We provide a number of methods by which you can purchase packaged legal services or have a direct, confidential discussion of your legal issues with a lawyer. Although some of these methods involve DIYlaw processing a transaction on your behalf, in all instances, DIYlaw is simply the intermediary in such transactions. Any lawyer-client relationship formed as a result of such discussions is between you and the lawyer you speak with not between you and DIYlaw. Furthermore, you understand that DIYlaw cannot be held responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or legal services provided by lawyers you connect with via DIYlaw.
In order to register for our Services, you represent and warrant that:
You are at least 18 years of age and are legally able to enter into a binding contract.
Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access. Except in the context of browsing or accessing our Services in accordance with these Terms, you may not use content from our Services unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law. These terms do not grant you the right to use any branding or logos used in our Services. Do not remove, obscure, or alter any legal notices displayed in or along with our Services.
If you choose, or are provided with, a user name, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that your account is personal to you and agree not to provide any other person with access to this Site or portions of it using your user name, password or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your user name or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.
The Legal Information posted on DIYlaw is intended for general informational purposes only and should be used only as a starting point for addressing your legal issues. The Legal Information is not the provision of legal services, and accessing such information, or corresponding with or asking questions to a lawyer via the Services, or otherwise using the Services, does not create a Lawyer-client relationship between you and DIYlaw, or you and any lawyer. It is not a substitute for an in-person or telephonic consultation with a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction about your specific legal issue, and you should not rely on such Legal Information. You understand that questions and answers or other postings to the Services are not confidential and are not subject to attorney-client privilege or treated as work product.
You are and will be representing yourself in any matter you engage in while using our Services.
Our Site and Services, including any online questionnaires and annotations, any articles or links thereof, or the documents that are generated through this Site do not constitute advertising, a solicitation, or legal advice. Our Services do not constitute the practice of law and the materials we provide on our Site are not customized to your particular needs. The annotations, articles, or links thereof are made available for general informational purposes only and are not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up-to-date. Note that we do not review any of your materials or the content we provide on our Site for accuracy or legal sufficiency and will not draw conclusions, provide legal advice, or provide any feedback on your particular situation and needs. Neither is the availability, operation, transmission, receipt, nor use of this Site or documents on this Site for the purpose of requesting legal advice, securing legal services, or retaining a lawyer nor is intended to create, or constitute the formation of any Lawyer-client relationship or other special relationship or privilege.
You do not and will not have a Lawyer-client relationship with DIYlaw or any employee or agent of DIYlaw unless otherwise reflected in a separately executed legal services agreement through a law firm. This Site, the content available on or through this Site, and the documents on this Site are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney; you should not rely on the Site or Site documents for any purposes without seeking legal advice from a licensed lawyer in the relevant jurisdiction. We do not intend to advertise to or otherwise solicit customers in jurisdictions where our Services are not permitted by law and the Site and documents generated on this Site do not constitute any such advertisement or solicitation. You should determine whether or not use of our Site or Services is lawful in your particular jurisdiction prior to using our Site or Services.
If you use a Service on this Site that requires payment of a fee, you agree to pay all associated fees as required by the Service. We will bill your payment card for all charges for Services on this Site. You agree to provide us with accurate and complete billing information as required for us to process the fee, including, for example, valid payment card information, your name, address, and telephone number, and to provide us with any changes in such information.
You may cancel your account at any time; however, there are no refunds for cancellation or for any prepaid fees. If, for any reason, your payment card company refuses to pay the amount billed for the Service, you agree that we may, at our sole option, suspend or terminate your access to the Service and require you to pay the overdue amount immediately by other means acceptable to us.
DIYlaw agrees that it has no rights to the data, documents, information or material that you submit in the course of using the Site and Services ("Submitted Material"). When submitting data, you, and not DIYlaw, shall have sole responsibility for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, appropriateness, and intellectual property ownership or right to use of all Submitted Material. DIYlaw shall not be responsible to you or any third party for the deletion, correction, destruction, damage, loss, or failure to store any Submitted Material. By using the Services, each user represents and warrants to DIYlaw that it has the legal right to submit the Submitted Material. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold DIYlaw harmless from any liability caused by your submission of Submitted Material in violation of a third party's copyright or other rights of ownership. DIYlaw reserves the right to withhold, remove and/or discard Submitted Material without notice for any breach, including without limitation, non-payment of fees. In addition, DIYlaw reserves the right to withhold, remove and/or discard any Submitted Material submitted to DIYlaw, which, in DIYlaw' sole opinion, is harmful, offensive, or otherwise in violation of DIYlaw' internal policies for publishable material. Any Submitted Material may be deleted, altered, moved, or transferred by us at any time for any reason in our sole discretion, with or without notice and with no liability of any kind. DIYlaw does not provide or guarantee, and expressly disclaims, any value, cash or otherwise, attributed to any data residing on our servers running the Services. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY THAT ANY DATA SUBMITTED TO US OR ANY GENERATED DOCUMENTS WILL BE RETAINED FOR ANY PARTICULAR PERIOD OF TIME, AND YOU AGREE TO MAINTAIN ON YOUR SERVERS DUPLICATE COPIES OF ALL SUBMITTED MATERIAL AND DOCUMENTS YOU PURCHASE FROM OUR SITE.
You further grant to us a perpetual, transferable, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, adapt, distribute, modify, edit, publish, and publicly display your company name, trademark, and associated logo(s) on our Site and customer lists, in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed.
We may retain and use your Submitted Material as necessary to provide our Services to you, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. Consistent with these requirements, and upon your account termination. Please note, however, that there may be some delays or latency in deleting any Submitted Material and that there may exist some residual data (like general use data) or backed-up versions. We are unable to delete any Submitted Material from third-party servers or from accounts that you may share with other licensees of our Service.
We may enable you to use third-party services on our Site. Any ongoing fees for use of third party registered agents will be billed to you directly from those agents and you are responsible for payment of those fees directly to such parties. The services provided by any third parties are governed by their respective terms of service and policies and we disclaim any and all liability for third-party acts or omissions.
Our aim is to ensure accessibility to the website at all times. However, DIYlaw cannot guarantee that the Service will always function without disruptions, delay or other imperfections. Since the DIYlaw Service will be transmitted through public internet lines and the public switched telephone network, there may be power outages or internet service disruption and You may experience some disruptions e.g. packet loss and delay which will interfere with the quality of Your communications. You accept that service interruption may occur in order to allow for website improvements, scheduled maintenance or may also be due to outside factors beyond our reasonable control, such as, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of government, acts of terror or civil unrest, or technical failures beyond Our control.
However, please remember that the manner in which Social Networking Services use, store and disclose your information is governed solely by the policies of such third parties, and DIYlaw shall have no liability or responsibility for the privacy practices or other actions of any third party site or service that may be enabled within the Service.
It is solely the responsibility of lawyers and law firms to ensure that any information or advertisements they post or place on the DIYlaw website (including without limitation any Legal Information), and any communications they may have with prospective clients through the Services, fully complies with all applicable laws, and The Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007, including those concerning the unauthorized practice of law and those regulating the form, manner or content of communications with clients, advertising, or other matters.
Some of the Services may be supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to Content, user-generated content, queries, or other information. The manner, mode, and extent of advertising by or permitted by us on the Site are subject to change without specific notice to you. In consideration for our granting you access to and use of the Site and Services, you agree that we may place such advertising on the Site or Services.
The Site may provide you with the ability to contact us through email addresses, contact forms, or other means. To the extent that you do so and send along any ideas, input, feedback, or anything of similar nature, you grant us a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use any such ideas, input, feedback, or anything of similar nature to change our existing products or services, to develop new products or services, or otherwise in our business.
While DIYlaw strives to provide and to allow lawyers to provide useful information regarding lawyers and legal services, there are some things that we cannot guarantee. You acknowledge that such information consists of third party data and contributions, that there are certain inherent limitations to the accuracy or currency of such information, that legal and other information may be incomplete, may contain inaccuracies, or may be based on opinion. DIYlaw DOES NOT SCREEN SUCH INFORMATION FOR ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DIYlaw AND ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT THE SERVICES. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." DIYlaw ALSO DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL DIYlaw OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM (A) THE OUTCOME OF ANY LEGAL MATTER; (B) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (C) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY RELATING TO THE SERVICES; OR (D) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE OR ALTERATION OF LEGAL INFORMATION.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF DIYlaw, AND ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY MANNER TO THE USE OF THE SERVICES, IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT YOU PAID US TO USE THE SERVICES TO WHICH SUCH CLAIM RELATES IN THE 12 MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE FILING OF SUCH CLAIM.
DIYlaw includes interactive areas in which you may post content and information, including peer and client reviews, questions and answers, comments, photos, and other materials (the "User Content"). You retain all rights in, and are solely responsible for, the User Content you post to DIYlaw. You are also solely responsible for your use of such interactive features, and use them at your own risk. By using any interactive feature, you agree to comply with the DIYlaw Community Guidelines. We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or our policies.
When you post User Content to DIYlaw, you give DIYlaw and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Content throughout the world in any media. To the extent such content is attached to a profile on the DIYlaw platform, the foregoing license includes a right to reproduce your profile, and any name, likeness or photograph contained in such profile. If you submit feedback or suggestions about our Services, we may use your feedback or suggestions without obligation to you.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless DIYlaw, its corporate affiliates, independent contractors, service providers and consultants, and each of their respective directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to any User Content you post, store or otherwise transmit on or through the Services or your use of or inability to use the Services, including without limitation any actual or threatened suit, demand or claim arising out of or relating to the User Content, your conduct, your violation of these Terms or your violation of the rights of any third party.
We shall send notices to you by email to the email address you provide to DIYlaw during the registration process. Notice shall be deemed given 24 hours after email is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the email address is invalid. Alternatively, we may give you legal notice by registered mail to the address provided during the registration process. Notices sent to you by registered mail shall be deemed to have been received by that party three days after the date of mailing.
These Terms and Conditions shall be interpreted and governed by the laws in force in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Subject to the Arbitration section below, each party hereby agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of Nigeria and to waive any objections based upon venue.
Notwithstanding any of these Terms, DIYlaw reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to terminate your license to use the Services, and to block or prevent your access to and use of the Services. DIYlaw reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. In the event of termination of access to the Services for any reason, you have no right to obtain a copy of any data or communications you stored or effected via the Services, or any other data.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and DIYlaw with respect to the subject matter of these Terms, and supersede and replace any prior version of the Terms. These Terms create no third party beneficiary rights.
DIYlaw's failure to enforce a provision of these Terms is not a waiver of its right to do so later. If any provision of these Terms is found unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Terms will remain in full effect and an enforceable term or terms will be substituted reflecting our intent as closely as possible. You may not assign any of your rights under these Terms, and any attempt to do so will be void. DIYlaw may assign its rights to any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, or to any successor in interest of any business associated with the Services.
If you have any question regarding the use of the Site, or comments about the Site or its contents should be directed to [email protected]w.ng.