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The purpose of this site is to educate the general public about disability law and to allow users to request to be contacted by a lawyer or advocate to discuss their case and the possibility of representation. You understand that SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me does not endorse any lawyer or advocate or vouch for the quality of their services. SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me is not a lawyer referral service. It is attorney advertising for which the subscribing attorneys and advocates pay a fee to the owners of the Site for each user of the Site whose contact information is provided to a subscribing attorney or advocate. It is your decision alone whether or not to work with a lawyer or advocate. There may be more than one subscriber to this advertising service who covers the area where you reside. By submitting a request to the Site, you will be provided contact information for an attorney or advocate who serves the area where you live and the attorney or advocate will be provided your contact information. The assignment of an attorney or advocate in response to your submission does not in any way constitute an evaluation of the suitability of that attorney or advocate for handling your particular claim.
NOTE: some states require special disclosures in connection with attorney advertising. Those disclosures are listed at the bottom of this Disclaimer. You should review the disclaimer (if any) that applies to the state where you reside.
SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me is not a law firm but rather a website owned (or, as applicable, licensed) by a third-party, for-profit organization. The lawyers or advocates whose names are provided through the Site pay the owners of the site for the right to be included. SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me does not receive any portion of any lawyer’s or any advocate’s fees and any arrangements between you and any lawyer or advocate do not involve SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me in any way.
SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me does not in any way evaluate or otherwise state any opinion about your disability claim. If you choose to be assisted by the lawyer or advocate identified by your use of the Site, that lawyer or advocate is solely responsible for the evaluation of your claim and any assistance provided to you in pursuing your claim.
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THIS WEBSITE IS AN ADVERTISEMENT OF LEGAL SERVICE and nothing on the Site should be construed as legal advice. This site serves only to provide information, and the information contained within the Site is not guaranteed to be correct, complete, current, or to reflect recent legal developments and/or legal variances among different jurisdictions. The opinions expressed and information contained in this Site do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the lawyers or advocates, their clients, affiliates, partners, or any other parties who subscribe to or use the services of SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me. This Site is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice, and thus should not be used for this purpose. Neither SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me nor any of its licensors provides legal advice. A licensor may provide legal advice in the event you choose to engage such licensor to act as your legal counsel or advocate. Using this Site does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and the attorneys or advocates, their clients, affiliates, partners, or any other attorney or advocate associated with the Site. Neither receiving an e-mail nor “posting” on the Site creates an attorney-client relationship.
The applicable lawyer or advocate is solely responsible for providing services to you. Further, you agree that SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me shall not be liable for any damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way associated with your use of such services (including, without limitation, malpractice claims). You also agree that any claim arising out of your relationship with an attorney or advocate shall be brought solely against such attorney or advocate, as SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me is only assisting lawyers and advocates market their respective practices. Thus, neither SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me nor any of its licensors or affiliates shall be included within any such claim.
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c) You are permitted to use the Site to find an attorney or advocate to assist you with a Social Security Disability or SSI claim (each, a “Permissible Use”). You are not permitted to use the Site for any other reason other than a Permissible Use as described above. Impermissible Uses shall include, but are not limited to, using the Site to order to solicit, hire, engage or otherwise work with the employees or affiliates of SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me. or the mediators who participate in SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me or for any other purpose other than described herein (each, an “Impermissible Use”). If you do engage in such conduct, the resulting damage will be hard to quantify as a dollar amount and thus you hereby agree to pay us liquidated damages in the amount of $25,000 for each Impermissible Use. You further agree that this liquidated damages provision reasonably approximates actual costs, losses, and expenses which would be incurred by SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me, due to any such Impermissible Use. You also agree that nothing in this section is intended to limit SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me’s right to obtain injunctive and other relief as may be appropriate.
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i) You shall not intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law.
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User agrees that by using this Site user does not acquire any rights to the Site other than the limited license to use this Site as provided in paragraph 7 that can be terminated in accordance with this section. User agrees that we in our sole discretion may terminate your password, account or any part of your account, decline to post photos or comments provided by you, or refuse you use of this Site for any reason, including but not limited to and without limitation, non-payment, lack of user’s use, or if we believe that you have violated these terms and conditions or have acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this agreement. User agrees further that we may remove and discard any Content on this Site without notice and for any reason within the sole discretion of us. We may also in our sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Site, or any part thereof, with or without notice.
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We shall not be responsible or liable for and unless otherwise stated we do not endorse or recommend any contents linked to from this site.
Disclosures Regarding Attorney Advertising
THIS SITE CONTAINS ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL OR LAWYER ADVERTISEMENTS
Some jurisdictions may consider the Site to be a form of advertising for legal services and as such may require specific disclosures. Please read the following carefully:
THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. Hiring a lawyer is an important process that should not be based solely upon advertisements.
FREE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Before you decide to hire any lawyer or advocate, ask them to send you information about their qualifications and experience. Additional information about lawyers or law firms may also be obtained by contacting the Bar Association in the State in which such lawyers or law firms are licensed.
No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or fields of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist, expert, authority or is certified in a particular field of law, nor do such memberships or licenses mean that such a lawyer is more expert or competent than any other lawyer.
A description or indication of limitation of practice does not mean that any agency or board has certified such lawyer as a specialist, expert or authority in an indicated field of law practice, nor does it mean that such lawyer is more expert or competent than any other lawyer. We urge all potential clients to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered.
Unless specifically otherwise indicated, none of the attorneys subscribing to the Site are certified by any legal specialty certifying entity or body. SocialSecurityOfficeNear.me has not independently verified that any attorney subscribing to the Site has been certified as a legal specialist. You should contact the appropriate office in the state where you reside to determine whether any attorney subscribing to the Site has been certified as a legal specialist. The fact that certain attorneys or firms concentrate their practices in disability cases (or any other field) is not meant to imply that they have gained any specific type of certification in these areas. Indeed, many states do not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and explicitly state that any such certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in those states.
ADDITIONAL STATE SPECIFIC DISCLOSURES:
Georgia: This is a public communication for which the lawyer has given value.
Kentucky: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.
Mississippi: FREE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
Missouri: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement.
New Jersey: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT—NOT AN ATTORNEY REFERRAL SERVICE
Texas: This is not an advertising cooperative or venture inasmuch as the cost of advertising by any individual attorney or advocate is based only upon the number of prospective clients whose identification is made known to them by the Site. Only in the event the Site is considered an advertising cooperative or venture of two or more lawyers not in the same firm, you are advised that : (1) This is an advertisement paid for by cooperating lawyers; (2) the cooperating lawyer’s or law firm’s names are listed here [link]; (3) no special claims to competence are claimed by the lawyers who advertise on the Site; (4) the lawyers who subscribe to the Site are not able to perform services in a superior manner, nor do they possess special competence in the area of law advertised.
Within the Site, we may include descriptions of successful lawsuits brought by Law Firms, or other attorneys not affiliated with us or the Site. These descriptions are not meant to create any unjustified expectations that similar results can be obtained for others, for each case turns on its own specific factual and legal circumstances. No attorney can guarantee the success of a case and past successes even in very similar lawsuits do not mean that success in a subsequent case is guaranteed or even likely. Past success cannot be an assurance of future success because each case must be decided on its own merits. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case.
The material on the Site is not intended to, and does not, include any advertisements for legal services that contain dramatizations, testimonials or endorsements. This site is intended to provide useful, factual information presented in a non-sensational, objective and understandable manner. The images and pictures on this site are not meant to represent or depict actual persons or events, but rather are merely provided for illustrative purposes only.
The Site is not intended for the purpose of advertising legal services to be performed in any state solely by the Law Firms, unless they are specifically licensed to practice in that respective State. However, practice before the Social Security Administration is federal in nature and is open to any lawyer licensed in any one or more states of the United States. To the extent that the Site does not comply with the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction in which it may be received, the lawyers who subscribe to the Site wish to, and will not knowingly, accept legal representation based on or resulting from the use of the Site from a person located in that jurisdiction. None of the lawyers who subscribe to the Site wish to, or knowingly will, accept legal representation based on or resulting from the use of the Site from a person located outside the United States.
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Exclusions And Limitations
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
This document constitutes the entire agreement between you and us and governs your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and us with respect to the Service. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other services, affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software.
Choice of Forum.
All disputes shall be submitted to arbitration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania carried out in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association.
Waiver and Severability of Terms.
Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of this agreement 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 this agreement remain in full force and effect.
Statute of Limitations.
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 this agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.