ExpertBids.com allows anyone who needs a professional service provider (a "Client") to post their need, including the location and description (a "Service Request").
ExpertBids then reviews and categorizes the Service Request and posts it to applicable lawyers or accountants ("Experts") who can view it. If interested, the Experts can send the Client either a flat fee or hourly price quote and a description.
The Client can then view this along with the Expert's profile, rating and past Client reviews. The Expert's profile includes their license information, educational background, location, websites, and other information about the Expert. Based on this information, the Client can decide whether to work with any of the Experts, get more information from any Expert, or do nothing - there are no obligations. Should the Client decide to work with any Expert, they can pay that Expert directly through the platform.
ExpertBids.com has the right, but is not obligated, to strictly enforce the TOU through litigation and prosecution.
You agree not to post, email, private message, or otherwise make available Content: that is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, misinformative, or constitutes "bait and switch"; that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy; that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent; that impersonates any person or entity or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL ExpertBids.com BE LIABLE FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM ANY ASPECT OF YOUR USE OF ExpertBids.com OR THE SERVICE, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF ExpertBids.com OR THE SERVICE, FROM INABILITY TO USE ExpertBids.com OR THE SERVICE, OR THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF ExpertBids.com OR THE SERVICE. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY REASON OF OTHER SERVICES OR PRODUCTS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH ExpertBids.com OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON ExpertBids.com AS WELL AS BY REASON OF ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH ExpertBids.com OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON ExpertBids.com. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In some jurisdictions, limitations of liability are not permitted. In such jurisdictions, some of the limitation may not apply to you.
In addition to all agreeing to all other terms found in this agreement, Lawyers must comply with all applicable laws and rules governing the practice of law in their applicable jurisdiction. All Lawyers must also comply with the Model Rules of Lawyer Conduct, or the applicable State equivalent. By registering and using the site all Lawyers agree to do so. Rule 5.5 states that an Lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction. Any Lawyer registering and participating in this site agrees to not participate in any unauthorized practice of law. Rule 7.1 prohibits false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer(s) services. Lawyers must also follow Rule 7.4 and not suggest to a potential Client that they have a specialty in a certain area of law if that is not true. Lawyers agree that by looking at any posting by a Client on this site, they agree to keep all information confidential. Rule 1.18 mandates that even if an official Lawyer-Client privilege has not formed, Lawyers owe potential Clients the duty of confidentiality. Because the identifying information of Clients is not shown to the Lawyer, a conflict of interest in violation of Rule 1.18 may arise in the future. By using this site, Lawyers agree to undertake the risk that a potential conflict may arise which may require them or their firm to disqualify themselves from the representation of a potential, current, or future Client. No component of ExpertBids constitutes a referral or endorsement by an approved or authorized lawyer referral service. All information lawyers enter for their profile may be made public.
In addition to agreeing to all other terms found in this agreement, Accountants agree that all information they registered with and that is included in their profile is accurate. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) must comply with all applicable laws and rules governing the profession in their state. All CPAs who designate themselves as such, must be licensed by their state's licensing department and have an active license number and be a member in good standing. If at anytime the status of your license is in question, immediately discontinue use of ExpertBids.com. By using this site, accountants agree to undertake the risk that a potential conflict may arise which may require them or their firm to disqualify themselves from the representation of a potential, current, or future Client. All information accountants enter for their profile may be made public.
Payment will be processed as soon as a user selects a proposal and enter their card information. If the proposal they select is a flat fee proposal, the entire amount will be paid up front. It the request is an hourly rate proposal, they will pay the required down payment amount right away. When a service request is marked as complete, ExpertBids will inform the user who posted the service request that the work is complete. The user must request changes within the site within 7 days. If no changes are requested within 7 days, ExpertBids will release the fee to the expert, minus any transaction fee. Disputes over payment can be emailed to email@example.com. b. Transaction Fees. ExpertBids will retain fifteen (15%) of any payments as a transaction fee.
For 24 months from the time you identify or are identified by any user through the site, you must use ExpertBids as your exclusive method to request, make and receive all payments for work directly or indirectly with that party or arising out of your relationship with that user. You may opt-out of this obligation only by paying ExpertBids an Opt-Out Fee of $2,500. To pay the Opt-Out Fee, you must request instructions by sending an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-Circumvention. You agree not to circumvent payment on the site. You must not: Submit proposals or solicit parties identified through the ExpertBids to contact, hire, manage or pay outside the site. Accept proposals or solicit parties identified through the site to contact, deliver services, invoice, or receive payment outside the site.
ExpertBids.com is not liable for the information content of this site, see below for further information on the content. This includes the information provided by any persons registering as Experts with this site. The term Expert carries no connotation or meaning other than a reference to the user being registered as a Lawyer, Accountant or Consultant. You are under no obligation to select an Expert. Your username, business name, or name may be posted with your request. If you do select an Expert, you are agreeing to have your Name, Phone Number, and Email address sent to the Expert. By clicking the Select Expert button, you are requesting and consenting to the Expert contacting you. If you are selecting a lawyer, It is recommended that you check with your State Bar to ensure the Lawyer you select is qualified to practice law in the jurisdiction you are seeking legal help. No Lawyer-Client relationship is formed until an agreement is signed between the Expert and Client. Not all accountants listed on this site are Certified Public Accountants (CPA). If you are looking only for a CPA, it is recommended that you check with your State licensing department to ensure the CPA you select is a licensed CPA in the state you are seeking the services of a CPA. No legally-binding relationships are formed on ExpertBids.com. No legally binding agreement is formed until a separate agreement is signed by the Client and the Expert. You have no obligation to select an Expert, or retain any Expert based on the bids you receive. There is no guarantee as to the number of bids you will or will not receive. Some Service Requests do not receive any bids, and others receive multiple bids. Therefore, if you need a Expert immediately, or are unsure if you do, you should contact a Expert immediately. Details of posted cases may be written about on the homepage of ExpertBids, or other websites including, Twitter.com. Any information Clients provide may be shared with any Experts for the purpose of increasing the potential of multiple bids. Clients' contact information will not be shared without consent. The information you receive from lawyers does not constitute a referral or endorsement by an approved or authorized lawyer referral service.
You understand that all postings or other materials ("Content") posted on, transmitted through, or linked from the Service, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. More specifically, you are entirely responsible for all Content that you post, email, message or otherwise make available via ExpertBids.com. You understand that ExpertBids.com does not control, and is not responsible for Content made available through the Service, and that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is inaccurate or misleading. Furthermore, the ExpertBids.com site and Content available through the Service may contain links to other websites, which are completely independent of ExpertBids.com. ExpertBids.com makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained in any such site. Your linking to any other websites is at your own risk. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, that you may not rely on said Content, and that under no circumstances will ExpertBids.com be liable in any way for any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, messaged, emailed or otherwise made available via the Service. You acknowledge that ExpertBids.com does not pre-screen or approve Content, but that ExpertBids.com shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or move any Content that is available via the Service, for violating the letter or spirit of the TOU or for any other reason.
The ExpertBids.com site and Content available through the Service may contain features and functionalities that may link you or provide you with access to third party content which is completely independent of ExpertBids.com, including web sites, and the Internet as a whole. Your interactions with organizations and/or individuals found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals. You should make whatever investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any online or offline transaction with any of these third parties. You agree that ExpertBids.com shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings. If there is a dispute between participants on this site, or between users and any third party, you understand and agree that ExpertBids.com is under no obligation to become involved. In the event that you have a dispute with one or more other users, you hereby release ExpertBids.com, its officers, employees, agents and successors in rights from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and / or our service.
You acknowledge that ExpertBids.com may establish limits concerning use of the Service, including the maximum number of days that Content will be retained by the Service, the maximum number and size of postings, email messages, or other Content that may be transmitted or stored by the Service, and the frequency with which you may access the Service. You agree that ExpertBids.com has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any Content maintained or transmitted by the Service. You acknowledge that ExpertBids.com reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice, and that ExpertBids.com shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
You agree that ExpertBids.com, in its sole discretion, has the right (but not the obligation) to delete or deactivate your account, block your email or IP address, or otherwise terminate your access to or use of the Service (or any part thereof), immediately and without notice, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, if ExpertBids.com believes that you have acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOU. Further, you agree that ExpertBids.com shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service. Further, you agree not to attempt to use the Service after said termination.
You agree to indemnify and hold ExpertBids.com, its officers, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, service providers, suppliers and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable Expert fees and court costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your violation of the TOU, your breach of any of the representations and warranties herein, or your violation of any rights of another.
The TOU and the relationship between you and ExpertBids.com shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and ExpertBids.com agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Cook, Illinois. The TOU constitute the entire agreement between you and ExpertBids.com and govern your use of the Service. The failure of ExpertBids.com to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOU shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOU is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOU remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TOU must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these terms and conditions at any time. Such modifications shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. You must review this agreement on a regular basis to keep yourself apprised of any changes.
This policy was last modified on March 2, 2014.