TERMS OF SERVICE

Our rules of engagement

These Terms of Service (“Terms”) control:

  • How you can use www.unified.law (“Site“); and
  • Your relationship with Unified Law Group, PB LLC (“we,” “us,” “our,” and “Unified”).

By accessing or using the Website, you agree to follow and be bound by these Terms which govern:

(1) the information on the Website;
(2) our relationship;
(3) certain matters of professional responsibility
(4) your use of this website and any materials
Unified gives you (together, “Unified Materials”), and agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations

If at any time you find these Terms unacceptable or if you do not agree to these Terms, please, do not access or use the Site or any Unified Materials.
YOU AGREE THAT BY USING THE SITE AND ENGAGING WITH OUR SERVICES, YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE, AND YOU ARE LEGALLY ABLE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT.

The Terms require arbitration to resolve disputes rather than jury trials or class actions. The Terms limit the remedies available to you in case of a dispute.

THE TERMS OF USE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY UNIFIED IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION AT ANY TIME. It is your responsibility to review these Terms periodically. We may revise these Terms at any time without notice to you. When we make changes, we will update them on the Site. We will also update the “Last Updated” date at the top of the Terms. Check these Terms each time you use the Site to see if we’ve made any changes. Any use of the Site after we post the amended Terms is an agreement to the revised Terms. If you have any questions about these Terms, please get in touch with us here.

1. No Legal or Tax Advice

The Site is an advertisement for Unified legal and accounting support services. The Site doesn’t give legal or tax advice and isn’t a substitute for advice from qualified counsel and other tax or accounting professionals. Any opinions expressed on the Site are the author’s opinions and may not reflect the views of Unified or any individual attorney. Also, the Site may not reflect recent developments in the law, may not be complete, and may not be correct in or applicable to your jurisdiction. Because the Site may not pertain to your specific circumstances, you shouldn’t act or don’t act based on any Unified Materials without first obtaining advice from professional counsel qualified in the applicable subject matter and jurisdiction.

3. Other Matters of Professional Responsibility

3.1 No Advertising or Solicitation

The Site isn’t intended to be an advertisement or solicitation for a law firm but may be considered an ADVERTISEMENT in certain jurisdictions. Under Texas’s Code of Professional Responsibility, the Site’s content might hold advertising. Prior results don’t guarantee a similar outcome. Each representation has unique facts and circumstances that may affect results.

3.2 Sensitive Communications

You acknowledge and agree that email and the Internet are considered inherently insecure communication media. Emails sent by you to Unified will not invoke an attorney-client privilege unless you have engaged an attorney and Unified is working at that attorney’s direction under a written engagement agreement. Unified cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any email sent to or received by it or any information you submit through the Site. We have no liability for any loss, claim, or damages arising or in any way related to our response(s) to any email or other electronic communication that we, in good faith, believe you have submitted to us.

We have no duty to investigate the validity or to verify any email or other electronic communication. We may respond to any email at either the address provided with the transmission, the email address indicated in your Agreement, or any other application or written communication received by us. Although we have no obligation to do so, we reserve the right to require authentication of emails or electronic communications. The decision to require authentication is at the sole discretion of Unified. We will have no obligation, liability, or responsibility to you or any other person or company if we do not act upon or follow our instructions if a communication cannot be authenticated to our satisfaction.

3.3 Principal Office

Unified employees and contractors work remotely. Plus, Unified isn’t a law firm. But, if the State Bar Rules in your jurisdiction require us to designate a principal office or a single attorney responsible for the Site, Unified designates its Dallas, Texas office as its principal office and designates Amy Osteen as the person responsible for the Site.

4. Ownership

Copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights, protect the Site. We grant you a limited, non-sublicensable
license to access and use the Site and Unified Materials for your informational and personal use. But that license doesn’t
include

  • any resale or commercial use of the Site
  • the distribution, public performance, or public display of the Site
    modifying or otherwise making any derivative uses of the Site
  • use of any data mining, robots, or similar data gathering or extraction methods
  • downloading (other than the page caching) of any portion of the Site, except as permitted on the Site
  • linking to the Site without our permission
  • framing any elements of the Site without our consent
  • making any portion of the Site available through any timesharing system, service bureau, the Internet, or any other
  • technology now existing or later developed
  • using any automatic or manual process to harvest information from the Site
  • or any use of the Site other than its intended purpose.

4.1 Use of Unified Materials

You understand that download and use of Unified Materials are neither legal nor tax advice nor the practice of law UNLESS you engage an attorney of your own or through Unified Plus.

4.2 Don’t Resale Unified Materials

By downloading Unified Materials, you agree that you are the only one that can use Unified Materials and that you must never sell or redistribute the Unified Materials without Unified’s express written consent.

5. Disclaimer of Warranties

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING THE UNIFIED MATERIALS, IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. UNIFIED PROVIDES THE WEBSITE AND THE UNIFIED MATERIALS ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITH ALL FAULTS. UNIFIED AND ITS PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, “UNIFIED PARTIES”) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATED TO THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING UNIFIED MATERIALS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED TERMS, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABIILTY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

The Unified Materials may be inappropriate for your circumstances. State or national laws may require different or added provisions to ensure the desired result. Consult with legal counsel to decide the proper legal or business documents necessary for your transactions, as the Unified Materials may not apply to a particular situation.

6. Limitation of Liability

YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT NONE OF THE UNIFIED PARTIES WILL EVER BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE, LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, OR FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE WHETHER OR NOT UNIFIED HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE AGGREGATE CUMULATIVE LIABILITY OF THE UNIFIED PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE WEBSITE WILL NEVER EXCEED $100 (USD). THAT AMOUNT IS IN PLACE OF ALL OTHER REMEDIES WHICH YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST THE UNIFIED PARTIES.

7. Indemnification

You Agree To Indemnify, Defend And Hold Unified Parties And Third-Party Suppliers Or Providers To This Site Harmless For And Against All Claims, Losses, Liabilities, Expenses, Damages, And Costs, Including Attorneys’ Fees, Arising From Your Use Of The Site Or Any Violation Of These Terms.

8. Responsibility for User Content

8.1 Types of Content

You are responsible for all information, data, text, messages, and other materials (“Content“) that you upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available (“Make Available“) through the Site (“Your Content“).

8.2 Storage

Unified doesn’t have to store any of Your Content you Make Available on the Site. Unified has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or accuracy of any Content, including Your Content.

8.3 Personal Data

Where Your Content holds your personal data (such as your name and voice), Unified will collect, use, and disclose your personal data in compliance with all applicable personal data protection laws and our privacy policy.

9. Acceptable Use Policy

As a condition of use, you agree not to use the Site for any purpose prohibited by the Terms or applicable law. You must not (and must not allow a third party to) take any action that:

  • infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, personal data, or other rights of any person or entity.
  • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, tortious, obscene, offensive, or profane.
  • constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, junk or bulk email.
  • involves commercial activities or sales without Unified’s prior written consent, such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes.
  • impersonates any person or entity, including any employee or representative of Unified
  • interferes with, or attempts to interfere with, the proper functioning of the Site or uses the Site in any way not expressly permitted by the Terms.
  • or attempts to engage in, or participates in, any potentially harmful acts directed against the Site, including but not limited to violating or attempting to violate any of the Site’s security features using manual or automated software or other means to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” any pages in the Site, introducing viruses, worms, or similarly harmful code into the Site, or interfering or attempting to interfere with the Site by any other user, host or network, including by overloading, “flooding,” “spamming,” “mail bombing,” or “crashing” the Site.

10. Dispute Resolution.

10.1 Arbitration

Any claim or dispute (including whether the claims asserted are arbitrable but excluding claims for injunctive or other relief as set forth below) arising out of or related to these Terms or your use of the Unified Materials must be referred to and finally decided by binding and confidential arbitration under sections 10.1 to 10.4. The Federal Arbitration Act (rather than any state arbitration law) controls. Arbitration is conducted before a commercial arbitrator with substantial experience in resolving commercial contract disputes from the American Arbitration Association (“AAA“). Unless we both agree otherwise in writing, the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules govern the arbitration. Despite the normal arbitration requirement, Unified may seek injunctive or other equitable relief to protect its intellectual property rights in any court of competent jurisdiction.

You are thus GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT to assert or defend your rights EXCEPT for matters you choose to bring in small claims court. A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR will decide your rights, NOT a judge or jury. You are entitled to a FAIR HEARING, BUT the arbitration procedures are SIMPLER AND MORE LIMITED THAN RULES APPLICABLE IN COURT. Arbitrator decisions are as enforceable as any court order and are subject to VERY LIMITED REVIEW BY A COURT.

10.2 Rules

We all must abide by these rules:

  • ANY CLAIMS BROUGHT BY YOU OR UNIFIED MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE PARTIES’ INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING
  • THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S CLAIMS, MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A REPRESENTATIVE OR CLASS PROCEEDING, AND MAY NOT AWARD CLASS-WIDE RELIEF
  • if you can demonstrate that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to costs of litigation, Unified will pay as much of your filing and hearing fees in connection with the arbitration as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive as compared to the cost of litigation
  • Unified also reserves the right in its sole and exclusive discretion to assume responsibility for all the arbitration costs
    the arbitrator shall honor claims of privilege and privacy recognized by law
  • the arbitration shall be confidential, and neither you nor we may disclose the existence, content, or results of any arbitration, except as required by law or to enforce the arbitration award
  • the arbitrator may award any individual relief or individual remedies permitted by applicable law
  • and each side pays its own attorneys’ fees and expenses unless a statutory provision requires the prevailing party to pay its fees and litigation expenses, and then, applicable law determines the fees and costs awarded.

10.3 Proceedings and Award

The arbitration and all pleadings and written evidence will be in English. The arbitrator must issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including calculating any damages awarded. The arbitrator doesn’t have authority to award damages over the amount or other than the types allowed by Section 7. Judgment on the arbitrator’s award may be entered by any court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrator also may grant any temporary, preliminary, or permanent equitable remedy or relief it deems just and equitable and within the scope of the Terms, including, without limitation, an injunction or order for specific performance. The arbitration award shall be final and binding upon the parties without appeal or review except as allowed by Texas law or United States federal law.
The above agreement to arbitrate doesn’t apply if:

  • either you or Unified would rather bring an individual action in small claims court in the state or federal courts in Dallas County, Texas.
  • either you or Unified need to seek emergency equitable relief before the state or federal courts in Dallas County, Texas, to maintain the status quo pending arbitration, and each party agrees to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the courts within Dallas County, Texas, for such purpose. A request for interim measures is a waiver of the right to arbitrate.

10.4 Provision Void

If either subsection 10.2(1) or 10.2(2) is found to be invalid, unenforceable, or illegal, then this entire arbitration provision shall be void, and neither you nor Unified shall be entitled to arbitration. If, for any reason, a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, the dispute shall be exclusively brought in a state or federal court in Dallas County, Texas. You agree to the above arbitration provision by using the Site in any manner.
For more information on AAA, its Rules and Procedures, and how to file an arbitration claim, visit the AAA website at

http://www.adr.org.

10.5 Governing Law

The Terms and any action related to Unified will be governed and interpreted by and under the laws of the State of Texas, consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act, without giving effect to any principles that apply the law of another jurisdiction.

11. General

11.1 Termination

Unified reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to end your license to use the Site and to block or prevent your future access to the Site.

11.2 Feedback

Unified will own all questions, comments, suggestions, feedback, ideas, or other information or materials regarding the Site (but excluding any client information) (“Feedback“) you provide in the form of email or other submissions to Unified, or any postings on the Site, are (as between you and Unified). Unified owns the exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, and may have the unrestricted use and dissemination of such Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

11.3 IRS Circular 230

Any discussion of U.S. tax matters (including any Unified Materials available at the Site) isn’t intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for (1) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (2) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another party any transaction or other matter. The foregoing language is intended to satisfy the requirements under regulations in Section 10.35 of Circular 230.

11.4 Third Party Information

We may hyperlink to or otherwise make third-party information available on the Site solely for convenience. We don’t endorse or approve of any such third-party information or such third parties. If you access linked third-party sites, you do so at your own risk.

11.5 Waiver

Any waiver or failure to enforce any provision of the Terms once will not be considered a waiver of any other provision or of such provision on any other occasion.

11.6 Severability

If any provision of the Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions of the Terms will remain enforceable, and the invalid or unenforceable provision will be modified, so it is valid and enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law.