Effective date: 06/05/2009
1. NO LEGAL ADVICE: HigherLegal™ is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services. HigherLegal™ is a Lawyer Referral Service which is Certified by the California State Bar (LRS #130). As such, HigherLegal™ is governed by the Rules and Regulations of the State Bar of California Pertaining to Lawyer Referral Services Including Minimum Standards for a Lawyer Referral Service in California (“Rules”). The Information is made available for general informational purposes only, and is not intended to constitute specific legal advice or to be a substitute for advice from a lawyer. The Information may not reflect recent developments in the law, may not be complete, and may not be accurate in or applicable to Your case. Because the Information is general in nature and may not pertain to Your specific case or circumstances, You should not act or refrain from acting based on any Information without first obtaining advice from a lawyer who is qualified in the subject area which is applicable to Your case and/or in Your jurisdiction.
2. NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP: Higher Legal™ does not enter into an attorney-client relationship with its clients. You agree that Your access of the HigherLegal™ Site and/or receipt of the Information, or Your transmission of electronic mail to addresses on the HigherLegal™ Site, does not create an attorney-client relationship between You and Higher Legal™.
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5. LRS-CLIENT PRIVILEGE: California Evidence Code § 912 was amended and new Evidence Code §§ 965 through 968 were added which specifically provide for a lawyer referral service–client privilege in California. Under new Evidence Code § 965(a), the new lawyer referral service–client privilege provides that "client" means, ‘a person who, directly or through an authorized representative, consults a lawyer referral service for the purpose of retaining, or securing legal services or advice from, a lawyer in his or her professional capacity, and includes an incompetent who consults the lawyer referral service himself or herself or whose guardian or conservator consults the lawyer referral service on his or her behalf.’ And, under § 965(b), "[c]onfidential communication between client and lawyer referral service" means, ‘information transmitted between a client and a lawyer referral service in the course of that relationship and in confidence by a means that, so far as the client is aware, does not disclose the information to third persons other than those who are present to further the interests of the client in the consultation or those to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary for the transmission of the information or the accomplishment of the purpose for which the lawyer referral service is consulted.’ Finally, under § 965(d), "[l]awyer referral service" means, ‘a lawyer referral service certified under, and operating in compliance with, § 6155 of the Business and Professions Code or an enterprise reasonably believed by the client to be a lawyer referral service certified under, and operating in compliance with, § 6155.’
6. JURISDICTIONS: HigherLegal™ provides referral services in the jurisdictions in which it is authorized by the California State Bar.
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Personally Identifiable Information does not include aggregated
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individual persons and does not include the Activity Information.
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services. Additionally, HigherLegal™ cannot fully ensure that
Your Personally Identifiable Information will not be disclosed to
third parties. For example, Higher Legal™ may be legally
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the security (including access control or authentication systems)
or integrity of the HigherLegal™ Site.
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20. NON-COMMERCIAL USE: The HigherLegal™ Site may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors except those that are specifically endorsed or approved by HigherLegal™. Any illegal and/or unauthorized use of the HigherLegal™ Site, including but not limited to collecting clients, client information, and/or email addresses by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email or unauthorized framing of or linking to the HigherLegal™ Site is prohibited. Appropriate legal action may be taken for any illegal or unauthorized use of the HigherLegal™ Site. 21. California law requires certain specific disclosures be made available to California residents who use the Internet and provide information that may be used for marketing purposes. That law requires any business that discloses a customer's Personally Identifiable Information to any third party for direct marketing purposes to provide the customer a method for obtaining the names, addresses and certain other specified details of anyone who might have received that Personally Identifiable Information. If you are a California resident you may request this information from HigherLegal™ by writing to:
Higher Legal™ 1100 Glendon Ave. 17 th Floor Los Angeles, California 90024
or by sending an e-mail to info@HigherLegal.com. You can also reach HigherLegal™ by telephone at (424) 388-1000. HigherLegal™ is not obligated to respond to more than one such request from you per calendar year.