The Fine Print

This page contains the Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, Terms of Service and Refund Policy. It also contains a supplemental agreement, as may be applicable.

Terms of Use

These terms and conditions govern your use of RESPICIO & CO. website.  Please read the terms in full before you use this website. If you do not accept these terms, please do not use this website. Using the website implies that you accept these terms.

Access

You will be able to access the majority of this website without having to register any detail with us.

Use

You are permitted to use our website for your own purposes and to download material from this website provided that you do not modify any content without our consent. Material on this website must not be republished online or offline without our permission.

Unless otherwise indicated, the copyright and other intellectual property rights in all materials on this website are owned by us and must not be reproduced without our prior consent.

No part of this website may be reproduced without our prior written permission.

Uptime

We take all reasonable steps to ensure that this website is available 24 hours every day, 365 days per year. However, websites do sometimes encounter downtime due to server, maintenance, and other technical issues. Therefore we will not be liable if this website is unavailable at any time.

This website may be temporarily unavailable due to issues such as system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond our control. Where possible we will try to give our visitors advance warning of maintenance issues but shall not be obliged to do so.

Conduct

With the exception of personally identifiable information, the use of which is covered under our Privacy Policy, any material you send to or through this website shall be considered non-proprietary and not confidential, unless you are obtaining legal advise, or in any case where an attorney-client privilege may arise.

When using this website you shall not send to or from this website any material: (a) for which you have not obtained all necessary consents; (b) that is discriminatory, obscene, pornographic, defamatory, liable to incite racial hatred, in breach of confidentiality or privacy, which may cause annoyance or inconvenience to others, which encourages or constitutes conduct that would be deemed a criminal offence, give rise to a civil liability, or otherwise is contrary to the law in the Philippines; (c) which is harmful in nature including, and without limitation, computer viruses, Trojan horses, corrupted data, or other potentially harmful software or data.

Links

Any link to third party websites located on this website are provided for your convenience only. We have not reviewed each third party website and have no responsibility for such third party websites or their content. We do not endorse the third party websites or make representations about them or any material contained in them. If you choose to access a third party website linked to from this website, it is at your own risk.

If you would like to link to this website, you may only do so on the basis that you link to, but not replicate, any page on this website, and subject to the following conditions: (a) you do not in any way imply that we are endorsing any service or product unless this has been specifically agreed with us; (b) you do not misrepresent your relationship with us or present any false information about us; (c) you do not link from a website that is not owned by you; and (d) your website does not contain content that is offensive, indecent, controversial, or infringes any intellectual property right or other rights of any person. If you choose to link to our website in breach of this paragraph, you shall fully indemnify us for any loss or damage suffered as a result of your actions.

Disclaimer

We take all reasonable steps to ensure that all information posted on RESPICIO & CO. website is correct. However, we do not guarantee the correctness or completeness of material on this website. We may make changes to the material on this website at any time and without notice. The material on this website may be out of date, or on rare occasions incorrect and we make no commitment to ensure that such material is correct or up to date.

The material at this website is provided without any condition or warranty of any kind. To the maximum extent permitted by law, we provide access and use of this website on the basis that we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions which but for these Terms may have effect in relation to this website.

Exclusion of Liability

Neither we nor any other party (whether or not involved in producing, maintaining or delivering this website), shall be liable or responsible for any kind of loss or damage that may result to you or a third party as a result of your or their use of our website. This exclusion shall include servicing or repair costs and, without limitation, any other direct, indirect or consequential loss, and whether in tort or contract or otherwise in connection with this website.

Nothing in these Terms shall exclude or limit liability for (i) death or personal injury caused by negligence; (ii) fraud; (iii) misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter; or (iv) any liability which cannot be excluded or limited under the law of Philippines.

Terms of Service

The client retains the firm for the matter and fee. The firm shall render legal services related to the matter. The assigned attorney shall be available for consultations during office hours. The firm may render legal opinions verbally or in writing.

Exclusions

This engagement does not cover concerns not ordinarily arising from the client’s affairs or from the matter.

Demand Letters

Should the firm be required to send demand letters, it will be entitled to 10% of the amount collected.

No Compromise

The firm shall not compromise a dispute without the client’s consent.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

The client shall shoulder out-of-pocket expenses, including fares, meals, gas, accommodation, filing fees, photocopying, printing, scanning,  stenographic notes, publications and notices.

Non-liability

The client may not recover from the firm or the assigned  attorneys damages arising out of ordinary negligence or fault. The client shall not sue them before any tribunal on account of these.

Paying with Cards

When the client pays with a card, he authorises the firm to charge the card for past and future invoices.

Refund Policy

We refund when steps has not been taken yet to initiate the service. Otherwise, we do not refund.

Privacy Policy

This policy covers how we use your personal information. We take your privacy seriously and will take all measures to protect your personal information. We at RESPICIO & CO. treat the privacy of our visitors with the highest importance. We have systems in place to preserve and safeguard the privacy of our visitors when they communicate with our site or personnel.

In general, this website does not require its visitors to provide any personal information in order to consult the site. However, if visitors choose to contact our law office by the information provided for in our biographies and contact page, we ask that visitors provide us with their name, contact number and e-mail address.

Cookies

The RESPICIO & CO. website may occasionally collect information regarding our visitors’ computer as they enter our website. The data gathered will not identify anyone personally. It is strictly aggregate statistical data about our visitors and how they use resources on our site. No identifying personal information will be shared at any time via cookies. Data gathering can be about general online usage through files of cookies. When used, cookies are automatically placed on our visitors’ hard drives, where information transferred to their computer can be found. These cookies are designed to help us correct and improve our site’s service. Visitors may elect to decline all cookies via their computer. Every computer has the ability to decline file downloads like cookies.

Use of Information

Primarily, we collect and store data from our visitors to help us provide better service and products.  The following are purposes we may use your information for:

  • At any time you request information from us via a form or other electronic transmission, we may use your information to fulfil that request relating to our services.
  • We have the right to notify you of changes to our website, products or services that could affect our service to you.

Third Party Links

Links on our site that belong to third parties may be found.  These websites have their Privacy Policy, which visitors agree to once the link to the site has been clicked.  Visitors should read this third party policy.  We do not accept claims of liability or responsibility in any way for these policies or links, as we have no way to control the third party sites.

Paying Online

When you pay online, any personal information received will only be used to process payment. We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.

Contacting Us

We welcome any query, request you may have regarding this Privacy Policy, or comment. Please do not hesitate and feel free to contact us at manila@respicio.ph.


Supplemental agreement

As may be applicable, especially to online services

This supplemental Terms and Conditions of Use (“Agreement”) are provided by Respicio & Co. Law Firm, an law practice established in the Philippines. The Agreement will primarily govern your use of this website, including all content provided on the website and through access to all services provided by us. The Agreement to provide legal services to you covers the time period from which you accept this Agreement and we have received your payment to the time we have provided you with the requested and purchased legal service. By continuing to use our site, you accept this Agreement.

You agree that it remains your responsibility to proceed as a pro se litigant by filing all legal documents and complying with your state and local legal procedures. By providing you with limited legal services, we have 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. 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 Philippine law only.

Unlike a geographically located law practice, we will not provide physical legal representation or commence litigation on your behalf. The purpose of our services is to provide limited legal advice and general counselling on Philippines 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 a full service, such as in the event that your situation may require the commencement of a formal lawsuit, then we will promptly refer you to our full service.

Nature of Unbundled Legal Services

We are 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 Philippine law. We provide unbundled legal services. This means that the legal services provided by us only extend to those services of 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. 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 Philippine legal procedures.

Confidentiality, Security, Retainment of Records

We provide limited legal services pertaining to Philippine law only. The attorney responsible for this site is licensed to practice law only in the Philippines.

Our 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 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 for the period of years required under applicable 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.

Copyright

We claim 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 our express permission. Furthermore, the content from this website cannot be modified nor can it be used for commercial purposes.

Client Funds

No fee will be charged or obligation incurred by registering on this website. Some requested services may require the upfront payment of a retainer fee before we begin work. After the client’s payment of the agreed upon price is confirmed, the client will have complete access to the legal advice, documents 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. We 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.

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 unauthorised.

Web Tracking - Cookies, Information Collection and Privacy Policy

1. General Site

To view the articles and public documents on this site you do not need to reveal any personal information. This site will present your browser with the option of accepting JavaScript and cookies in order to lay out the web page correctly and to store customised settings for your next visit. These features may be disabled by your browser, however this will limit the look and functionality of the website. All page requests are logged in order to properly maintain the service and security of this website.

2. Virtual Law Office

You may be required to register a username and provide personal information about yourself. This information will be used during your transactions with us to provide limited legal services in compliance with Philippine law. Your information may be provided to a third party in order to provide the service you requested and/or as is required by law. All other use of your personal information will be limited to your attorney-client relationship with us. This site uses cookies to store a session id.

Engagement

In order to retain our services, you must get in touch with us. There will be no fee charged for getting in touch. By using our website, you are representing that you are at least 18 years of age and able to enter into a binding contact with us. Furthermore, you are representing that the information you provide to us is correct, accurate and updated.

Reviewing and Updating Your Personal Content

We request that you keep your personal contact information current. Feel free to contact us.

Limitation of Liability - No Warranties

We assume no liability for any error or omission 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 Philippine law only. Therefore, the content of this website is not applicable in any other state other than the Philippines.

The general information provided on this website is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. We reserve the right to change, modify, add, and delete the content on this website.

Jurisdiction

The terms of this agreement will be governed by the laws of the Philippines. The courts located in Makati City will have exclusive jurisdiction over any case or controversy arising from or relating to this agreement, our website or any services provided by us. You consent irrevocably to personal jurisdiction in such courts with the respect to any matters and waives any defence of forum non conveniens.

Assignment

The rights and obligations created for you under this agreement may not be assigned to any other party.

Force Majeure

We 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 our reasonable control.

Severance

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.

Complete Understanding

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