These terms of service and conditions of use (“Terms”) affect your use of ClearWay Law’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 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.
ClearWay Law is not a law firm and is simply a technology company. It is unaffiliated directly with any law firm. ClearWay plans to follow the law society rules (even though they are not our regulator) and will not practice law or provide legal advice. Our company is simply a service for lawyers and law firms to allow them to better serve their clients.
We offer a fixed fee marketing service for lawyers. It is not tied to fees paid by clients and we do not market a “ law firm” or lawyers collectively. Instead, we assist lawyers to bring in clients to their own practices separately and independently.
There is a law society rule that lawyers “shall make legal services available to the public in an efficient and convenient way.” Many lawyers do not do this. They have to have websites, answer phone calls, or to get back to clients. As such, they are violating 4.1-1 of the Law Society of Ontario rules. ClearWay Law was designed to help lawyers meet this rule.
How We Operate In The Legal Industry
We do not plan to expand into the United States. We will focus our efforts on Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand.
Any subscription fee charged to the lawyers does not impact the client’s bill. Further, we do not get paid a percentage of the lawyer’s fees. Also, our fees are paid to us regardless of whether the lead becomes a client or not.
ClearWay Law is mainly an online marketplace for legal services and the initial screening agents. We will not represent or suggest that we will act for the client.
Our intake team works hard to try to find an appropriate lawyer or law firm to assist someone with a legal issue. Most of the time this is a sole practitioner who can’t afford to properly market their law firm. However, they are happy to pay subscription fees to ClearWay Law.
The Law Society of Ontario said, “A lawyer may assist in making legal services available by participating in… lawyer referral services and by engaging in programmes of public information, education or advice concerning legal matters.”
Terms of Service | Canadian Lawyers
A lawyer’s listing in this paid website, in no way, suggests or implies a qualitative superiority to other Canadian lawyers that are not listed in this Canadian lawyer directory. Additionally, a lawyer’s past success or results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount (if any) recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts and merits of each individual case. Hiring a lawyer is an important decision and the selection process should not be taken lightly.
No decision should be based solely upon newspaper, radio, internet (Including biographies and ads on this website) or other advertisements. Perform your own due diligence to determine the proper ability, knowledge, and experience of the lawyer/law firm to handle your case.
If you want to get to know our values, please read our blogs once you are finished reading these terms of service.
Terms of Service | When Using Our Services
You may use our services only if you are able to form a valid contract with Clearway Law. 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.
Receiving Legal Services From A Lawyer
Clearway Law is a platform where lawyers unaffiliated with Clearway Law 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 Clearway Law processing a transaction on your behalf, in all instances, Clearway Law 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. Clearway Law 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.
Any lawyer-client relationship formed as a result of such discussions is between you and the lawyer you speak with—not between you and Clearway Law.
Terms of Service | Limitation of liability
To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event shall Clearway Law 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 Clearway Law, you grant Clearway Law 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 Clearway Law platform, the above license 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
If there is a dispute, you and Clearway Law agree to try for 30 days to resolve it informally. You may send us the details of your concern to info (at) Clearway Law.com. However, if Clearway Law is not able to informally resolve your complaint, you and Clearway Law agree to file the claim in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Small Claims Court. If the claim qualifies, either you or Clearway Law may bring an action in small claims court in Victoria, British Columbia. Any small claims court action must be filed within two years from when the event in question occurred. Otherwise, the claim is permanently barred.
Terms of Service | British Columbia
The laws of the Province of British Columbia will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the services.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Clearway Law.
Waiver, severability, and assignment
Clearway Law’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
Clearway Law offers optional subscription services for lawyers, including, but not limited to: Advertising, Premium, and Websites (collectively, the “Premium Services”). Further, by selecting a paid service, you agree to pay Clearway Law the subscription or usage fees (the “Subscription Fees”) indicated for that service.
You further agree to provide Clearway Law with a valid payment method. Clearway Law 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. This will happen 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. Also, you acknowledge that the amount of the recurring charge may increase if the applicable Subscription Fee increases.
Terms of Service | Paid Services
Premium services must be canceled prior to the applicable renewal date. That must be done in order to avoid billing of the next month’s Subscription Fee. Further, Clearway Law 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 (at) Clearway Law.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, Clearway Law reserves the right to either suspend or terminate your Premium Services.
It is solely the responsibility of lawyers and law firms to ensure that any information or advertisements they post or place on the Clearway Law website (including without limitation any legal information), and any communications they may have with prospective clients through the services, fully comply with all applicable laws and rules of professional conduct. That includes information concerning the unauthorized practice of law. Further, information regulating the form, manner or content of communications with clients, advertising, or other matters.
Please note that Clearway Law does not practice law in any province or state.
Disclaimers and acknowledgments regarding the use of legal information
Clearway Law 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.
Clearway Law 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.
Terms of Service | 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 With Clearway Law
We are not a law firm, but a marketing co-operative company. At no time will you enter into a lawyer-client relationship with Clearway Law. Clearway Law 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 made to Clearway Law will never go into trust, as we are not a law firm. We never hold money in trust, or handle money for legal services at all.