Owner of McKinley Law Online, LLC
Licensed Mississippi Attorney
Terms and Conditions of Use
Effective Date: 2011
The Terms and Conditions of Use ("Agreement") are provided by McKinley Law Online (MLO) an online Mississippi law practice established in Ridgeland, Mississippi and managed by attorney Wm. Bruce McKinley, a Mississippi licensed attorney. The Agreement will govern your use of this website, including all content provided on the website and through access to all online services provided by MLO. The Agreement to provide legal services to you covers the time period from which you accept this Agreement and we have received your payment through our funds transfer service to the time we have provided you with the requested and purchased legal service.
You agree that it remains your responsibility to proceed as a pro se litigant by filing all legal documents and complying with Mississippi state and local legal procedures unless a specific agreement in writing between you and MLO provides otherwise. By providing you with limited legal services, MLO has not agreed to attend a hearing or trial on your behalf or provide any legal services extending beyond those services which you have purchased and we have agreed to provide unless a specific agreement in writing between you and MLO provides otherwise. We only provide limited legal assistance and document preparation and review. After performing the services purchased by you, we have no further obligation to you.
Limitation of Services
While authorities in some jurisdictions may deem this website and this law practice to be an advertisement for legal services in their jurisdiction, our website is not to be considered as a solicitation for legal services related to any other states' law. This website and this legal practice offer services related to Mississippi law only.
MLO will not provide physical legal representation or commence litigation on your behalf unless a specific agreement in writing between you and MLO provides otherwise. The primary purpose of MLO is to provide limited legal advice and general counseling on Mississippi legal matters with prompt service provided in a cost-effective manner. If we determine during our communication with you that your specific legal matter requires the engagement of another law firm, then we will promptly refer you to another Mississippi law firm in your area.
Nature of Unbundled Legal Services
MLO is not a pre-paid legal service; it is an online legal practice where you are charged a one-time fee for limited legal services related to Mississippi law. MLO provides unbundled legal services. This means that the legal services provided by us only extend to those services which you have requested and purchased and we have provided. After you have purchased a service and we have agreed to provide it and have completed the work, you cannot expect us to perform in any additional capacity unless a specific agreement in writing between you and MLO provides otherwise. For example, if we assist you in creating Estate Administration documents, it is not our responsibility to ensure that the forms are properly filed, to attend a hearing or trial on your behalf, or to provide any other legal services related to that matter beyond the original purchased and provided limited legal services. Likewise, after you have paid for the requested services and we have performed them, we will not expect any further payment from you other than payment for the original requested legal services performed by us.
As with any legal service, we cannot guarantee any legal outcome. By purchasing our services, you agree that it remains your responsibility to properly and timely file any legal documents and to comply with Mississippi state and local legal procedures unless a specific agreement in writing between you and MLO provides otherwise..
Confidentiality - Security - Retainment of Records
MLO provides limited legal services pertaining to Mississippi law only. The attorney responsible for this site is licensed to practice law only in the State of Mississippi.
In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys in Mississippi 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 of this practice, unless agreed with by you, or as required under applicable law.
An attorney-client relationship with this practice is established only after a specific question has been posed to an attorney at this practice through a prospective client's personal login page and that question has been confirmed as received through a reply communication from an attorney at this practice. Prospective clients should be aware that our duties of confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege may not arise until an attorney has expressly communicated the ability to respond to that prospective client. Once you have provided us with your personal information, we will first run a crosscheck for any possible conflict of interest before accepting representation of your matter. We may decline to provide our services to you if a conflict of interest is discovered.
All our records are securely retained in electronic files, along with secure backups, for the period of years required under Mississippi law.
Articles and Other General Public Information Provided on this Website
Any articles for general knowledge published on this website contain basic information on legal matters and are not meant to provide advice regarding a specific legal problem you may have. We remind you not to rely on this general information without first communicating with us or other legal representation regarding your specific legal situation.
McKinley Law Online claims copyright protection on all of the content provided in this website. The content from this website may not be reproduced, copied and/or redistributed in any form without the express permission of MLO. Furthermore, the content from this website cannot be modified nor can it be used for commercial purposes. Each document posted at this website shall contain the following copyright notice: © 2011-2012 McKinley Law Online. All rights reserved.
No fee will be charged or obligation incurred by registering on this website. In most situations, a client's funds will not be transferred to MLO until the legal services requested by the client are ready to be accessed and received by the client on their personal login page. Some requested services may require the upfront payment of a retainer fee before MLO will begin work. After the client's payment of the agreed upon price is confirmed through a Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) compliant credit card processor, the client will have complete access to the legal advice, documents, research or other services provided by the attorney. If further communication with the attorney is required, the client may post a separate question regarding the received legal services or request a price quote for additional legal work. MLO will not pay any court costs associated with your case which may be required as part of a lawsuit, filing fees or service of process fees.
Technology - Security
Primary communications are done through this website over Secure HTTP, which provides you with the highest industry standard protection available on the web. The maintainer of this site has over 7 years experience developing secure web-based applications, from 100% HIPPA-compliant patient portals in the medical industry, and uses secure programming techniques and best practices along with continual code auditing to ensure that this site is as secure as possible.
This office is hosted by a third-party service provider and relies on software as a service (SaaS), one form of cloud computing, to operate and maintain its law office data. The attorney has done his due diligence in researching this practice management method and taken reasonable care to ensure the confidentiality of client data by researching the third-party provider and its service level agreement to make sure that it is in compliance with current industry standards for security. By clicking to accept these terms and conditions for the use of the virtual law office, the client acknowledges and consents to the use of this technology for the delivery of his or her legal services.
Links and Email Addresses
Links posted on this website to other websites are provided only as a convenience to our clients. We assume no responsibility for the content, security or reliability of any websites to which we have posted links.
Spamming, the unsolicited broadcasts of email addresses or links in this website is prohibited and unauthorized.
1. General Site:
2. Use of the office
In order to retain our services, you must register on our website. There will be no fee charged for registration on this website. By registering you will receive access to a personal information page where you may request our services in a secure manner. By registering on our website, you are representing that you are at least 21 years of age or otherwise able to enter into a binding contact with MLO. Furthermore, by registering you are representing that the information you provide to us is correct, accurate and updated.
Reviewing and Updating Your Personal Content
MLO requests that you keep your personal contact information current. After you have registered on our website, you may enter your personal information page at any time to review and update your personal information.
Because we are a virtual law practice, we would prefer that you provide your information to us using the technology provided for you on your personal client login page. However, if this is not possible and we require further information in order to review your legal matter, MLO'S mailing address is P.O. Box 1108 Ridgeland, MS 39158-1108.
Social Media Policy
Clients of the law office may find profiles for the attorney or future attorneys and his or her law office posted in different social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, among others. It is the policy of this virtual law office not to "friend", "follow" or otherwise engage with clients through these applications. Clients who attempt to send messages to the attorney using social media applications will be directed to log into their secure account page on the virtual law office. The attorney will respond directly to the client's request once inside the secure client case file. The purpose of this policy is to avoid the unintentional communication of confidential client information through an unsecure and public online forum. For the protection of the attorney's clients, the attorney prefers to communicate primarily through the secure client portal on the virtual law office.
Limitation of Liability - No Warranties
MLO assumes no liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this website. We will not be responsible under any legal theory for damages, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special, arising as a result of your use of this website. As stated above, this website pertains to the practice of Mississippi law only. Therefore, the content of this website is not applicable in any other state other than Mississippi.
The general information provided on this website is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. MLO reserves the right to change, modify, add, and delete the content on this website.
The terms of this agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Mississippi. The state and federal courts of Madison County, Mississippi will have exclusive jurisdiction over any case or controversy arising from or relating to this agreement, MLO's website or any services provided by MLO. Each person who registers on this website consents irrevocably to personal jurisdiction in such courts with the respect to any matters and waives any defense of forum non conveniens. Furthermore, each person who registers on this website is deemed to have knowingly and voluntarily waived any right to a trial by jury in any case or controversy related to this agreement, MLO 's website or any services provided by MLO.
The rights and obligations created for you under this agreement may not be assigned to any other party.
MLO 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 MLO.
In the event that one or more of the provisions of this agreement shall be found unenforceable, illegal or invalid, it shall not affect any other provisions of this agreement, and this agreement shall be construed as if the provision found to be unenforceable, illegal or invalid had never been contained in the agreement, or the unenforceable, illegal or invalid provision shall be construed, amended and/or reformed to be made enforceable, legal and valid.
IRS Circular 230 Disclosure
In compliance with the requirements of the IRS pertaining to the publication of Circular 230, we inform you that any advice contained on this website or in any communication originating from this website or this law practice which is related to U.S. federal tax advice is not intended or created to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of 1) either avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or promoting, marketing or 2) recommending to another party any transaction or matter that is contained on this website or in any communication originating from this law practice.
This agreement supersedes any prior or contemporaneous communications, representations or agreements between MLO and the client and constitutes the complete and final agreement between the parties relating to this agreement, MLO 's website or any services provided by MLO.