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Terms of use (Almu Inc)

Date of Last Revision: December 22, 2019

Almu’s services are provided by Almu, Inc. These terms and conditions of use (“terms”) affect your use of Almu’s website and services (collectively, our “services”). Make sure to read and understand all the terms. If you do not understand these terms, do not use our services or website and hire a lawyer or attorney to explain them to you.

By accessing this website or using the services, you are agreeing to our terms. If you do not understand the terms, please contact a lawyer to receive legal advice. If you do not agree with the terms, do not use our website or services.

Almu is not a law firm and is simply a technology company. It is unaffiliated directly with any law firm. We plan to follow the law society rules (even though they are not our regulator) and will not practice law or provide legal advice. We are simply a service for lawyers and law firms to allow them to better service their clients.

We do not plan to expand into the United States. We will focus our efforts on Canada and the United Kingdom.

When Using Our services

You may use our services only if you are able to form a valid contract with Almu. No use of the services is permitted by those under the age of majority in their province. In no event is the use of the services permitted by those under the age of 18. If you are using the services on behalf of any entity, then you are agreeing to the terms on behalf of that entity. You are agreeing that you have the authority to do so. Please note that we do not remove lawyer profiles. There are countless precedents that show that lawyer directories do not have to remove lawyer profiles when asked. Ratings are also protected by free speech rights.

Applicable law

The laws of the Province of British Columbia will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the services. As mentioned below, we use arbitration by written submissions.

Entire agreement

These terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Almu.

Waiver, severability, and assignment

Almu’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. They will continue to be enforceable.

Lawyers Who Sign Up For Our services

Almu offers optional subscription services for lawyers, including, but not limited to: Advertising, Premium, and Websites (collectively, the “Premium services”). By selecting a paid service, you agree to pay Almu the subscription or usage fees (the “Subscription Fees”) indicated for that service.
You further agree to provide Almu with a valid payment method. Almu will automatically charge Subscription Fees as they become due. Subscription Fees will be charged on the day your Premium Service goes into effect and will cover the use of that service for the period indicated.

Thereafter, you agree that monthly payments will continue to be charged to your payment method on a recurring basis until you cancel your Premium Service. The amount of the monthly recurring charge will be the then-current Subscription Fee applicable to the Premium Service you selected. You acknowledge that the amount of the recurring charge may increase if the applicable Subscription Fee increases.

Premium services must be cancelled prior to the applicable renewal date in order to avoid billing of the next month’s Subscription Fee. Almu must receive written notice of your cancellation or lower service option request at least thirty (30) days in advance of the applicable renewal date on which you wish to make the cancellation or reduction.

All cancellations or reductions of advertising services must be received in writing by email (info@Almu.com.)

Subscription Fees for Premium services are not prorated or refundable. In no event will a cancellation or reduction in service relieve you of your obligation to pay the Subscription Fees that are due for the period prior to the effective date of cancellation or reduction in service.

If your payment method fails or your account is past due, Almu reserves the right to either suspend or terminate your Premium services.

Communications

It is solely the responsibility of lawyers and law firms to ensure that any information or advertisements they post or place on the Almu 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 rules of professional conduct, including those concerning the unauthorized practice of law and those regulating the form, manner or content of communications with clients, advertising, or other matters.

Please note that Almu does not practice law in any province or state.

Disclaimers and acknowledgements regarding use of legal information

While Almu strives to provide, and to allow lawyers to provide useful information regarding lawyers and legal services, we cannot make guarantees. Information on our website consists of third party data and contributions.

Almu does not screen such information for accuracy. There are limitations to the accuracy of such information. Legal and other information may be incomplete, may contain inaccuracies, or may be based on opinion. Not all lawyers agree on what the law is. Law in nature is something that can have people have multiple opinions.

Also please note that some people might do fake reviews to put down other lawyers. Some lawyers might create fake profiles to do positive reviews of themselves.

Our Lawyer Ratings

More information will come out in the future once we design our rating system. We plan to base our lawyer ratings on Google Maps system.

No lawyer-client relationship

We are not a law firm, but a technology company. At no time will you enter into a lawyer-client relationship with Almu. Almu is not qualified to manage trust accounts, provide legal advice, or provide legal services.
Please verify with the local law society that the lawyer you hire is a member of their provincial law society.
Any payments you may make to Almu will never go into trust, as we are not a law firm. We never hold money in trust.

Receiving legal services

Almu is a platform where lawyers unaffiliated with Almu can offer information and interact with potential clients. We will one day offer a number of methods by which someone can purchase legal services. People will be able to have a direct, confidential discussion of their legal issues with a lawyer. This is our response to the access to justice problem.

Although some of these methods will involve Almu processing a transaction on your behalf, in all instances, Almu is simply the intermediary in such transactions. The money will never go into a trust account, as we are not a law firm.

You are liable for paying the lawyer for the services provided. Almu has no liability, either primarily or secondarily, for paying the lawyer. We plan to work with the local law societies, but will not take part in law society complaints made about lawyers.

The fees you pay for such services are charged by the lawyer and passed through to the lawyer once services have been rendered. This amounts would be flat fees, which would go into the lawyers general account, not trust. If you need to make a trust account payment, you would work with the lawyer directly as Almu does not handle trust money.
Any lawyer-client relationship formed as a result of such discussions is between you and the lawyer you speak with—not between you and Almu.

Limitation of liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event shall almu or any of its affiliates, suppliers and distributors, or any of their respective directors, employees and agents, be liable for any damages whatsoever.

User posted content & other interactive services or areas

When you post User Content to Almu, you grant Almu and its affiliates the right to use, replicate, modify, adapt, print, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and view such User Content in any media around the world. To the extent that such content is attached to a profile on the Almu platform, the above licence includes the right to reproduce your profile and any names, similarities or photographs contained in that profile. If you provide feedback or suggestions on our services, we may use your feedback or suggestions to you without any obligation.

Mandatory Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Please read this section carefully, as it affects your rights.

We hope we never have a dispute, but if we do, you and we agree to try for 60 days to resolve it informally. You may send us the details of your concern to info@almu.com. However, if Almu is not able to informally resolve your complaint, you and Almu agree to individual binding arbitration by written submissions.

Any arbitration must be commenced by filing a demand for arbitration within one year, or it won’t be allowed. Whenever feasible, the arbitration will be held in writing unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. The arbitration will take place with an arbitrator in British Columbia. Judgment upon any award may be entered in any court holding jurisdiction.

Notwithstanding our agreement to arbitrate disputes as provided above, the following EXCEPTIONS will apply to the resolution of disputes between us:

Small Claims Court. If the claim qualifies, either you or Almu may bring an action in small claims court in Victoria, British Columbia. Any small claims court action must be filed within one year from when it first could be filed. Otherwise, the claim is permanently barred.

NO CLASS ACTIONS: You may only bring individual claims. Under no circumstances are you allowed to bring a claim as a plaintiff or class member in a class. Class action lawsuits, class-wide arbitrations, private attorney-general actions, and any other proceedings where someone acts in a representative capacity are not allowed. Any combining of individual proceedings must have the consent of all parties.