Terms of Service
Last Updated February 12, 2015
Rapid Legal, Inc., herein referred to as “Rapid Legal,” appreciates the opportunity to provide court services to you including electronic court filing, fax court filing, process serving, document retrieval and courtesy copy delivery needs (the “Services”) under the terms and conditions of this Rapid Legal Services Agreement (the “Agreement”).
Acceptance of the Rapid Legal Agreement
By using the Services or rapidlegal.com website described in this Rapid Legal Agreement, you agree to be bound by all the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you are not making this Agreement on your own behalf, you represent and warrant that you are legally authorized to enter into the Agreement on behalf of the party you represent and that your actions will legally bind such party.
Control of Web Site
Rapid Legal may in its discretion modify, edit, translate, suspend, restrict access to or terminate this website, this Agreement, the content or any link on this website, or the Services at any time without liability or prior notice. Rapid Legal may in its discretion terminate the browsing of, registration with and use of this website by any user at any time without liability or prior notice for any reason, including for any breach of this Agreement.
Customer Information and Online Registration
Access to some areas and use of some functions of Rapid Legal Services or rapidlegal.com or other Rapid Legal websites may require you to register, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as prompted by our registration form (including your e-mail address), and (b) maintain and update your information (including your e-mail address) to keep it accurate, current, and complete. You acknowledge that, if any information provided by you is inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Rapid Legal reserves the right to terminate this Agreement and your use of this website and related services. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a password. You will be responsible for the confidentiality and use of your password and any account number. YOU ARE ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF YOUR PASSWORD AND ACCOUNT NUMBER, AND YOU ARE ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY AND ALL ACTIVITIES (INCLUDING REQUESTING SERVICES) THAT ARE CONDUCTED THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNT. If for any reason you feel either your account number or your password has been compromised or duplicated, you must immediately contact Rapid Legal at email@example.com or call 800 366-5445 to change your password or account number and to stop any service requested.
Agreement to Conduct Transactions Electronically
You agree that all of your transactions with or through Rapid Legal may, at its option, be conducted electronically. If you do not wish to have these transactions conducted electronically, you should not enter into this Agreement. You agree that Rapid Legal may determine (from time to time) to provide all or any part of its Services non-electronically, and that those Services will still be governed by this Agreement.
Affirmations and Declarations
By using the Rapid Legal website, you represent, affirm, and declare, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California or the state in which you are utilizing this website, that (1) you agree to adhere to the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction with which you are conducting business with Rapid Legal and that you are subject to civil and criminal penalties should you utilize Rapid Legal to violate those laws and regulations; and (2) you acknowledge that the information provided by Rapid Legal is derived from local government agency databases and as such may be inaccurate, out of date, contain errors or omissions, or be otherwise incorrect.
You and Rapid Legal are independent contractors. Neither you nor Rapid Legal is an employee, agent, representative, broker, or partner of one another. This Agreement shall not be construed to create an association, joint venture, or partnership between you or Rapid Legal to impose any partnership obligation or liability upon either party.
Rapid Legal determines the fees charged to you for using its website or services from time to time in its sole discretion. Fees for the Rapid Legal Services may vary by location, size, service level and/or the amount of time spent completing Services. Rapid Legal reserves the right to change its fee structure at any time without notice.
In order to file, record, copy or serve certain court documents a filing, recording, copy or witness fee may be required by court rules or statute. Rapid Legal will advance such fees for customers in good standing. For customers who choose to pay by Credit Card or Check as their payment method, an advance convenience fee will be added on the amount processed and collected for any statutory court or witness fees required by court rule or statute. In addition, customers choosing to pay by check will be required to immediately reimburse Rapid Legal for advances in excess of $1000.00. Furthermore, you represent and warrant to Rapid Legal that any statutory court or witness fees collected and processed by Rapid Legal on your behalf are not for personal, family or household purposes.
At any time you can review and print our fees via the rapidlegal.com website or you can request a schedule of our fees from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment Options and Terms
All charges for Rapid Legal services are due upon the submission of your order through rapidlegal.com.
Rapid Legal supports three payment options depending on the type and location of your account. These options are:
If you choose to pay by ACH (eCheck), you authorize Rapid Legal, Inc. to debit your bank account for the total amount of service fees charged by Rapid Legal, plus any statutory court or witness fees. The following terms and conditions will govern ACH (eCheck):
- Bank Account Payments. By choosing to use a bank account as your payment method, you will be able to complete your purchase using any valid automated clearing house (“ACH”) enabled bank account at a United States-based financial institution. Your transaction must be payable in U.S. dollars. Rapid Legal in its sole discretion, may refuse this payment option service to anyone or any user without notice for any reason at any time.
- ACH Authorization. By choosing your bank account as your payment method, you agree that: (a) you have read, understand and agree to these Terms of Service, and that this agreement constitutes a “writing signed by you” under any applicable law or regulation, (b) you consent to the electronic delivery of the disclosures contained in these Terms of Service, (c) you authorize Rapid Legal, Inc (or its agent) to make any inquiries we consider necessary to validate any dispute involving your payment, which may include ordering a credit report and performing other credit checks or verifying the information you provide against third party databases, and (d) you authorize Rapid Legal, Inc (or its agent) to initiate one or more ACH debit entries (withdrawals) or the creation of an equivalent bank draft for the specified amount(s) from your bank account, and you authorize the financial institution that holds your bank account to deduct such payments.
- Customer Service. Transactions that we process using your bank account will be identified as “Rapid Legal” (or similar identifier) on the statement issued by your bank or other financial institution holding your account. All questions relating to any transactions made using your bank account by us should be initially directed to us. Save the order confirmations that you are provided when you place an order and check them against your bank account statement. You may contact us regarding your RapidLegal.com orders or any payments made using your bank account and by writing to us at http://www.rapidlegal.com/contactus.
- Transaction Errors. If you believe that any payment transaction initiated by RapidLegal.com (or its agent) with respect to your bank account is erroneous, or if you need more information about any such transaction, you should contact us as soon as possible at email@example.com or 1-800-366-5445. Notify us at once if you believe the password associated with your RapidLegal.com customer account has been lost or stolen, or if someone has attempted (or may attempt) to make a transfer from your bank account to place an order using your RapidLegal.com customer account without your permission. We reserve the right to cancel the ability to pay by bank account on RapidLegal.com or other website for any reason at any time.
- You’re Liability for Unauthorized Transactions. Federal law limits your liability for any fraudulent, erroneous unauthorized transaction from your bank account based on how quickly you report it to your financial institution. As general rule, you should report any fraudulent, erroneous or unauthorized transactions to your bank within 60 days after the questionable transaction FIRST appeared on your bank account statement. You should contact your bank for more information about the policies and procedures that apply to your account and any unauthorized transactions, including any limits on your liability.
- Electronic Delivery of Future Disclosures. You agree to accept all disclosures and other communications between you and us on this website or at the primary e-mail address associated with your RapidLegal.com customer account. You should print and retain a copy of all such disclosures and communications.
By choosing to use your Credit Card as your payment method, it is understood and agreed that the Credit Card on file will be charged immediately for the total amount of fees charged by Rapid Legal (including any statutory court or witness fees). A convenience fee will be added to process and collect any statutory court or witness fees required by court rule or statue. All transactions must be in U.S. dollars.
Rapid Legal will charge a $25 fee for any returned checks or ACH transactions.
Should any invoice become delinquent and Rapid Legal has to initiate a collections effort, all reasonable collection costs and/or legal fees will be added to the balance due.
Any taxes which Rapid Legal may be required to pay or collect under any existing or future law in connection with providing you with the Services shall be charged to your account.
Unsuitable Content and Conduct
You agree not engage in conduct or submit to this website any material that is illegal, inaccurate, misleading, misappropriated, infringing, dilutive, defamatory, obscene, offensive, or otherwise objectionable. You agree not to cause damage, embarrassment or adverse publicity to Rapid Legal.
Functional Compatibility and System Abuse
When submitting content, documents or other information to rapidlegal.com, you agree to submit only content, documents or information that is functionally and technically compatible with this website. You agree not attempt to and will not damage, corrupt, tamper with or infect this website, the content or any information or telecommunication system of Rapid Legal with a virus or other malicious computer program. You agree to only use this website for the permitted purposes stated in this Agreement, and will not engage in abusive activity with respect to this website.
Third Party Sites and Other Information
This website may contain as a convenience to you, links to other websites and information that are not under Rapid Legal’s control. Rapid Legal has no obligation to monitor, control or restrict the use of any third party websites accessible via links on this website. These other sites are not under Rapid Legal’s control, and you acknowledge that (whether or not such sites are affiliated in any way with Rapid Legal) Rapid Legal is not responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, decency, or any other aspect of the content of such sites. The inclusion of such a link does not imply endorsement of any site by Rapid Legal or any association with its operators.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
You agree that your use of the Rapid Legal services and information on the website is at your own and sole risk. All services are provided on an as is and as available basis. Rapid Legal disclaims all warranties and duties of any kind, express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a specific purpose, non-infringement or title, duties of workman-like effort, or lack of negligence. Rapid Legal assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions on its website and is not responsible in any way for the functionality, specifications, or any other aspect of the items posted. Rapid Legal does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to rapidlegal.com or Rapid legal Services or those defects in its website will be corrected. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures to satisfy your particular requirements for protection of your system and/or accuracy of data, and for maintaining a means of reconstruction of lost data. Without limiting the above, you agree that Rapid Legal and its parent corporations, subsidiaries, partners, employees, agents, affiliates, subcontractors, and/or consultants do not make any warranties or undertake any duties regarding, without limitation, the following: (i) Infringement of title or quiet enjoyment; (ii) Functionality, including functionality of search or retrieval software; (iii) Accuracy, completeness, or completion of forms; (iv) Receipt of DOCUMENTS by local governments; (v) Appropriateness or propriety of DOCUMENTS pulled for a particular job; (vi) Approval of DOCUMENTS by local governments; (vii) Timeliness of Services; (viii) Uninterrupted, secure, error or virus-free service or storage; and (ix) Adequacy of fees paid to local governments.
You agree that your sole remedy for any breach of this Agreement by Rapid Legal or any of its parent corporations, subsidiaries, partners, employees, agents, contractors, or consultants shall, at the option and sole discretion of Rapid Legal, be the following: (i) correction of any Service causing you damage; or (ii) refund of the amount you paid for the Service that caused damages incurred by you in reasonable reliance on the Service. You also agree that the damage exclusions and this limitation of liability shall apply even if any remedy of its essential purpose fails.
No Incidental or Consequential Damages
RAPID LEGAL SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGE ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR FOR ANY OTHER CLAIM RELATED IN ANY WAY TO YOUR USE OR REGISTRATION WITH RAPID LEGAL. THESE EXCLUSIONS FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES INCLUDE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA, LOSS OF GOODWILL, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OR ANY OTHER COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES, EVEN IF RAPID LEGAL HAD BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF AND REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY UPON WHICH THE CLAIM IS BASED. BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH STATES OR JURISDICTIONS, RAPID LEGAL’S LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
You agree to indemnify, defend, protect and hold harmless Rapid Legal, its parent corporations, subsidiaries, successors, assigns, partners, employees, agents, affiliates, contractors, and consultants and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all losses, claims, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees and costs, incurred by Rapid Legal with or without suit and whether incurred on appeal or in bankruptcy) arising out of or relating to (i) your breach of any terms of this Agreement, (ii) the determination by a jurisdiction that you have improperly utilized the Services of Rapid Legal to violate the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction, (iii) your use of the Rapid Legal Services, the Rapid Legal website, your dealings or transactions with other parties resulting from use of the Rapid Legal Services or the Rapid Legal website, or your failure to pay all sums due Rapid Legal or any local government; and (iv) your supplying inaccurate, out of date, errors or omissions, or otherwise incorrect information as well as any action taken by you as a direct or indirect result of the information displayed on the Rapid Legal web site.
Termination or Cancellation
Rapid Legal reserves the right to terminate your use of the Rapid Legal website and services, without notice, for any reason or no reason at all. If your use of the Rapid Legal website and Services is terminated or cancelled, you agree that neither you nor any other party will hold Rapid Legal, its parent corporations, subsidiaries, partners, employees, agents, affiliates, contractors, and consultants, liable for any general, special, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, those damages resulting from loss of use, data, sales, goodwill, or profits, whether or not Rapid Legal has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or under any legal or equitable theory of liability, including theories of tort, contract, or otherwise.
Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights
All content, text, images, data, information and other material displayed, available or present on this website (Content), including any intellectual property rights in such Content (including without limitation trademarks and copyrights), are the property of Rapid Legal, its affiliates, its licensors or the designated owners, and are protected by applicable intellectual property laws. You should assume that everything you see or read on this website is copyrighted unless otherwise noted, and may not be used without our written permission, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement.
Comments and Suggestions
You agree that any comments or suggestions that you provide to Rapid Legal regarding the services provided by Rapid Legal, including, without limitation, feedback, suggestions or ideas in response to any customer survey (“Comments”) shall be deemed, and shall remain, the property of Rapid Legal.
None of the Comments shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of Rapid Legal and Rapid Legal shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Comments. Without limitation of the foregoing, Rapid Legal shall exclusively own all rights to the Comments of every kind and nature and shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Comments for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to the provider of the Comments.
Dispute Resolution; Governing Law
Rapid Legal has no obligation to become involved in any dispute between a user and any other person. The Rapid Legal Services, the Rapid Legal website and this Agreement, and any dispute arising in connection therewith, shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law principles. Rapid Legal and you agree that all disputes arising under this Agreement shall be brought by you in your individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding, and shall be resolved by confidential binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in Chino Hills, California, or another forum mutually agreed upon by you and Rapid Legal, pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules (“Rules”) of the AAA by a sole arbitrator nominated by agreement of you and Rapid Legal and confirmed in accordance with the Rules. If AAA is not hearing consumer commercial disputes at the time, Rapid Legal may select another arbitral body in its sole discretion. The arbitrator’s award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in a court of competent jurisdiction. You agree that Rapid Legal is entitled to obtain preliminary injunctive relief to the extent allowed by law to enforce any of the terms of this Agreement pending a final arbitral decision.
Rapid Legal shall not be responsible for interruptions, delays or failure in performance resulting from causes beyond its reasonable control. Such acts shall include but not limited to acts of God, war, riot, acts of terrorism, labor stoppages, governmental actions, fires, floods, and earthquakes.
Third Party Rights
The provisions in this Agreement are for the sole benefit of you and Rapid Legal and shall not inure to the benefit of any other person either as a third party beneficiary or otherwise.
Neither this Agreement nor any part or portion may be assigned or otherwise transferred by the customer without Rapid Legal’s prior written consent. Should any provision of this Agreement be held to be void, invalid, unenforceable or illegal by a court, the validity and enforceability of the other provisions will not be affected thereby. Failure of any party to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not constitute or be construed as a waiver of such provision or of the right to enforce such provision. The headings and captions contained in this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and do not constitute a part of this Agreement. The failure of either party to insist upon or enforce strict performance by the other party of any provision of this Agreement or to exercise any right under this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of the right of such party to assert or rely upon such provision or right in that or any other instance.
Effect of Agreement
Amendments and Updates
We may at any time, at our sole discretion, update and revise this Agreement by posting an amended Agreement on this website; any changes that Rapid Legal makes to this Agreement will be effective immediately upon posting. Please check this page periodically for changes to the Agreement; you will be able to determine if this Agreement has been changed since your previous visit by viewing the “Last Updated” information that appears at the top of this Agreement. Your use of this website following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.
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