Terms & Conditions

Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC Law Firm
“Online Illinois Attorney” Terms and Conditions of Use

– Effective Date: 2013

The Terms and Conditions of Use (“Agreement”) are provided by Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC (“DGAA”).  The Agreement will govern your use of Online Illinois Attorney™ (“OIA”), including all online services provided by DGAA.  The Agreement to provide legal services to you covers the time period from which you engage the services of DGAA to the time that services have been provided and paid for.

DGAA provides limited legal assistance and document review.  By providing you with limited legal assistance, DGAA has not agreed to provide any legal services extending beyond those which you have purchased and which DGAA has agreed to provide.  After performing the services for which it has been engaged, DGAA has no further obligation to you.

Limitation of Services

DGAA will not provide physical legal representation or commence litigation on your behalf via services provided through OIA™.  DGAA does not meet in-person with clients utilizing OIA™.  The purpose of OIA™ is to provide limited legal assistance and general counseling on Illinois legal matters in an efficient and affordable manner.  IF DGAA determines that your specific legal needs cannot be met within the parameters of OIA™, we will refer you to the full service branch of DGAA for a more in depth assessment and consultation.  After you have purchased a service and DGAA has completed the work, you cannot expect us to perform in any additional capacity.  As with any legal service, we do not guarantee a particular outcome.  By purchasing DGAA limited legal assistance, you agree that it remains your responsibility to properly and timely file any legal documents and to comply with Illinois state and local legal procedures.

Confidentiality – Security – Maintenance of Records

In compliance with the professional rules and restrictions of the Illinois State Bar Association and for reasons of personal integrity, this practice is bound by stringent professional standards of confidentiality.  Any information received by us from our clients is held in strict confidence and is not released to anyone outside this practice, unless agreed upon in advance with the client, or as required under applicable law.

An attorney-client relationship with this practice is established only after a specific question has been posed to DGAA and that question has been confirmed as received through a reply communication from DGAA and said service has been paid for by the client.  Prospective clients should be aware that our duties of confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege will not arise until DGAA has expressly communicated the ability to accept that prospective client and services have been paid for.  Prior to accepting you as a client, we will run a crosscheck for any possible conflict of interest before accepting your request for engagement.  DGAA reserves the right to decline services if a conflict of interest is discovered.

Client Funds

No fee will be charged or obligation incurred by asking a question or uploading a document via this website.  DGAA will review your request for legal counsel.  If DGAA determines your needs can be met within the parameters of the OIA™ service, you will be notified and asked for complete payment of the agreed upon charges.  Once payment is rendered, DGAA will perform completely the agreed upon service.  If further communication with DGAA is required, the client may contact DGAA and request a price quote for additional legal work.  DGAA is not responsible for and will not pay any associated court costs, filing fees, service or process fees.

Force Majeure

DGAA will not be deemed to be in breach of this agreement for any delay or failure in performance caused by reasons out of its reasonable control, including acts of God or a public enemy; natural calamities; failure of a third party to perform; changes in the laws or regulations; actions of any civil, military or regulatory authority; power outage or other disruptions of communication methods or any other cause which would be out of the reasonable control of DGAA.

Complete Understanding

This Agreement supersedes any prior or contemporaneous communications, representations or agreements between DGAA and the client and constitutes the complete and final agreement between the parties relating to this Agreement, or any services provided by DGAA.