Terms of Service

Effective: 17 March, 2014
Updated: 17 November, 2014

1. Information About Us

LawCanvas.com is a website (the “Website”) operated by LawCanvas Pte. Ltd. (“LawCanvas”, “we” or “us”). LawCanvas is registered in the Republic of Singapore under the Unique Entity Number 201319065K.

2. License to Use

LawCanvas provides an online platform for legal information, self-help and collaboration (the “Services”). Subject to these terms of service (the “Terms”) and any other applicable terms and conditions, LawCanvas grants you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Services for your own personal, internal business use.

3. Agreement Between You And LawCanvas

These Terms are an agreement between you and LawCanvas about your use of the information, software, products, and the Services contained in or available through the Website, including actions like clicking on links, entering information, browsing content, editing, downloading and printing documents and registering a customer account. There are collectively referred to as “using the Services”. Your using the Services constitutes your agreement to all the terms, conditions, and notices contained in these Terms.

You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms, and to abide by and comply with these Terms.

If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, or if you are not 18 or older or do not possess the requisite consent, please do not use LawCanvas.com.

These Terms limit the remedies available to you in the event of a dispute and require the use of arbitration on an individual basis to resolve disputes, rather than court proceedings or class actions. Please refer to paragraph 19 and 25 for more details.

4. NO LEGAL ADVICE

LAWCANVAS IS NOT A LAW FIRM, and NEITHER LAWCANVAS, OUR OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS NOR SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE ACTING AS YOUR SOLICITOR. LAWCANVAS DOES NOT PRACTICE LAW AND DOES NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR LEGAL DRAFTING SERVICES. NOTHING ON THE WEBSITE INCLUDING THE SERVICE WE PROVIDE, INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR DOCUMENTS CONTAINED THEREIN SHALL BE CONSTITUTED AS OR IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. The law is a personal matter, and no general information or legal tool like the kind LawCanvas.com provides is suitable for every situation. THE DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE ARE MEANT TO BE USED AS TEMPLATES FOR REFERENCE OR AS A STARTING POINT FOR THE PREPARATION OF LEGAL DOCUMENT(S). WE DO NOT REPRESENT, WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT THE TEMPLATES ARE FIT FOR USE FOR YOUR PURPOSES. IF YOU NEED LEGAL ADVICE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, PLEASE CONSULT A SUITABLY QUALIFIED LAWYER.

The Website is not intended to create a solicitor-client relationship and, by using the Website, no solicitor-client relationship will be created with LawCanvas. Instead, you are representing yourself in any legal matter you undertake through the Website’s legal document service.

5. No Referral Fees

We allow lawyers to list their services on our Website. There is no fee sharing arrangement on a commission basis between LawCanvas and any lawyer or law firm for any legal matter. Importantly, LawCanvas does not select, approve, or otherwise endorse any particular lawyer, law firm, or provider of legal services on LawCanvas.com. LawCanvas further expressly disclaims any representation or warranty that the information displayed in our listings are correct or reliable. Under no circumstances shall LawCanvas have any liability to you for any reliance on such information.

When you contact or engage the lawyers that are listed on our Website, no legal relationship, engagement, or retainer is formed between you and LawCanvas. LawCanvas is not responsible for your dealings with any of the lawyers listed on our Website.

Before retaining a lawyer, you should carefully consider the lawyer’s knowledge and experience and ask for a written legal services agreement detailing the terms and conditions of the engagement, including all fees, expenses and other obligations.

6. Templates

All rights, title and interests (including all intellectual property) in all legal document templates available on the Website (the “Templates”) belong to LawCanvas.

The nature and selection of the Templates shall be entirely at our discretion. We reserve the right to limit your viewing privileges to the Templates, any part thereof, or to summaries and preview extracts thereof.

7. Finished Documents and Draft Documents

“Finished Document” refers to the electronic PDF format execution copy of a legal document created through using the Services. Subject to the applicable terms and conditions, you may generate a Finished Document from any Template by completing all input fields in such Template and clicking on the “Download” button. Each Finished Document shall be automatically stored on the Website database.

“Draft Document” refers to the electronic document constituting a Template to which you have made edits but have yet to generate a Finished Document from and which is marked by a “DRAFT” watermark in its background. Any Draft Document that remains your work in progress may be saved by you at any time on the Website database.

Subject to the applicable terms and conditions, you shall ONLY be allowed to download and store at anytime electronic copy(s) of each Finished Document and each Draft Document in PDF format for your personal use. Save for the foregoing, you agree that at all times you shall not access and/or download any material or content from the Website, including Templates, Finished Documents and Draft Documents, in any other format without our prior written permission.

You may generate as many mechanical copies as you need (including print copies and photocopies) of Finished Documents and Draft Documents.

8. Free Trial

From time to time, in order to provide you with an introductory experience of using the Services, we may allow you to access on the Website, free of charge, certain Templates which you will be allowed to edit, customize and generate a Finished Document from, for your personal use (“Free Trial”).

The nature of such Free Trial Templates as well as your Free Trial access privileges shall be entirely at our discretion. We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, Free Trials without notice to you or giving any reason.

9. Customer Accounts

You may browse through the public-access content and Templates on the Website anonymously.

However, in order for you to:

a) undertake a Free Trial;

b) register for a usage plan or subscription for the Services; and/or

c) manage Draft Documents and Finished Documents,

you must create a customer account with us and provide us your personal data, i.e.: data that identifies you as an individual. This may include your name, e-mail address, billing address, shipping address, phone number and credit card and other payment information.

You warrant that all information provided by you to us is true and accurate and you are authorized to use the relevant payment instrument. 

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account registration information and password and for maintaining the security of your account. You agree that you will not let anyone other than you use your account registration information or password. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account registration information or password by contacting us at info@lawcanvas.com.

10. Usage plans and subscription options

From time to time, we may prescribe on the Website different usage plans and subscription options for using the Services. You may register for such plans and subscriptions through your customer account.

10.1 Agreement for usage or subscription

By following the purchase procedures prescribed on the Website, you may make an offer to us to register for subscriptions or usage plans to use the Service. All such offers shall be subject to our acceptance in our sole discretion. We shall indicate our acceptance by sending you a confirmatory email to your email address. Each such offer accepted by us in this manner shall constitute an independent agreement between you and us for your use of the Service in consideration of payment of monies in accordance with the terms and conditions applicable to your chosen subscription or usage plan.

For the avoidance of doubt, LawCanvas reserves the right to refuse use or subscription of the Service to any person and to unilaterally terminate the continued use of the Service by any person at any time in its sole discretion (with refund of the proportionate fees or charges for any unused portion of the relevant subscription or usage plan).

10.2 Fees and charges

The subscription fees and usage charges may be set at our discretion.

10.3 Prior payment

The subscription fees and usage charges shall be paid prior to the commencement of your usage of or subscription for the Services.

10.4 No refunds

Except in the case of our collection of excess subscription fees and/or usage charges due to administrative mistake, all fees, charges and other monies payable in consideration of using the Services are non-refundable once paid.

10.5 Cancellations and expiry

Ongoing subscriptions and usage plans may be canceled or terminated by you submitting a written request to us at any time prior to their expiry. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR ANY UNUSED PORTION OF THE CANCELLED SUBSCRIPTION OR USAGE PLAN.

Upon cancelation or expiry of your subscription or usage plan, you will no longer be able to utilize or access any part of the Services that you were using through such subscription or usage plan, including any Draft Document(s) which remain as work(s) in progress.

In the case of Finished Documents generated prior to the cancelation or expiry of your subscription or usage plan, these shall remain accessible to you despite the cancelation or expiry of your subscription or usage plan.

10.6 Automatic renewal

All subscriptions and usage plans shall be auto-renewed in the following manner: from or around 60 days before the date of expiry of your current subscription or usage plan, we will send you a notification email of your impended subscription or usage plan auto-renewal on at least 2 separate occasions. If you do not wish for your subscription or usage plan to be auto-renewed, you may respond in writing to our notification emails to cancel such auto-renewal. Your subscription or usage plan shall then lapse after its expiry date. On the other hand, if you do not respond to the notification emails, on or around the date of expiry of your current subscription or usage plan, such subscription or usage plan shall be automatically renewed and the accompanying subscription fees or usage charges shall be charged to you using any valid payment source we have on record for you.

SHOULD YOU NOT WRITE TO US TO CANCEL THE AUTO-RENEWAL OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION OR USAGE PLAN, YOU ARE DEEMED TO AUTHORIZE US TO COLLECT ANY APPLICABLE SUBSCRIPTION FEES AND/OR USAGE CHARGES WITHOUT ANY FURTHER NOTICE TO YOU.

10.7 Payment method

You may pay the applicable subscription fees or usage charges using any of the payment methods prescribed on the Website from time to time.

You acknowledge that whichever payment method you select subjects you to the applicable user agreement of such payment method, i.e.: if you select to pay via Paypal, you shall be deemed to agree to Paypal’s terms and conditions of using their payment portal.

You may not claim against us or any of our agents for any failure, disruption or error in connection with your chosen payment method. We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any payment method prescribed on the Website without notice to you or giving any reason.

10.8 Error in publication of fees and charges

While we endeavour to provide an accurate description of the various subscription fees or usage charges applicable to the Service, we do not warrant that such description is accurate, current or free from error. We reserve the right to amend such fees or charges at any time without giving any reason or prior notice. In the case where an erroneous fee or charge has been paid by you, we reserve the right to unilaterally terminate your continued use of the Service and refund you the monies paid by you.

10.9 Outstanding term

In the case of ongoing subscriptions or usage plans, you may write to us at info@lawcanvas.com at any time to request information on the outstanding term of your subscription or usage plan.

11. Changes to usage plans and subscription options

We reserve the right to change at any time, the terms and conditions and any and all features of any usage plans and subscription options offered in relation to the Services. Such changes shall be effective upon their publication on the Website. Where such changes may result in a substantial and material reduction in the availability and benefits to you of the Services, we will provide holders of ongoing subscriptions three (3) months written notice of such changes. In all other circumstances, we will give notice (which may be immediate notice) before the changes take effect. You understand and agree that your using the Services on or after the date on which such changes were published on the Website shall be deemed as awareness and acceptance of the relevant changes.

12. Data backup

We regularly back up all data on the Website database including Draft Documents and Finished Documents to safeguard against technical glitches such as server crashes and other like events that may lead to loss of data.

13. Disclaimer

To the maximum extent permissible under applicable law, except as explicitly permitted in these Terms, YOU AGREE NOT TO publish, re-publish, lend, license, give away, look at the software source code of, modify the software source code of, post to an Internet web site, or use in an automated system any Templates, Draft Documents, Finished Documents, any other legal documents and all other content and material found on the Website ("LawCanvas Content") nor will you allow or assist a third party to do so.

LawCanvas DOES NOT transfer to you title to any copy, or original, of the documents or any other content and material constituting LawCanvas Content. All ownership, copyright and other intellectual property rights to any LawCanvas Content belongs solely to LawCanvas except as expressly licensed in these Terms.

Without reducing or restricting any other remedies that LawCanvas may be entitled to, you agree that, to the extent allowable under applicable law, any automated system using any LawCanvas Content will be the property of LawCanvas.

14. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold LawCanvas, its directors, officers and employees, harmless from any claim, demand, or damage, including legal fees, asserted by any third party due to or arising out of your access of the Website or your use of the Services or LawCanvas Content.

15. Modification to Terms

We may update and make improvements to the Website regularly and can change the content at any time. We will use our reasonable efforts to keep the Website available to you, but if necessary, we may suspend access to the Website, or close it indefinitely. We will not be liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. You understand and agree that your use of the Website remains subject to such suspension or closure.

16. Third party links

The Website and some of the articles on the Website may contain links to other resources and businesses on the Internet. We provide these citations and aids to help you identify and locate other Internet resources that may be of interest. We are not responsible for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage ("Loss") related to your use of any website linked to the Website (“Linked Website”) including if this Loss (i) arises from errors or omissions in the content of any Linked Website, or (ii) is as a result of any Linked Website being down or (iii) arises from any other use of any Linked Website. Your use of any Linked Website is at your own risk. In addition, the citations do not mean that we sponsor, are affiliated to or associated with, or legally authorised to use, any trade name, registered trademark, logo, legal or official seal, or copyrighted symbol in the links.

17. Your privacy

Protecting your privacy is important to us. Please review our Privacy Policy which explains how we treat your personal information and protect your privacy.

18. No unlawful or prohibited use

As a condition of your use of the Website, you warrant to us that you will not use the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You must not use the Website in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Website or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Website. You must not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Website.

LawCanvas Content is protected by copyright and all other applicable intellectual property rights. LawCanvas Content is for your personal use only and not for resale or third party use. Your access of the Website and using the Services does not entitle you to resell or otherwise redistribute any LawCanvas Content. For the avoidance of doubt, your using the Services constitutes your acceptance of these Terms and your promise that you will not resell, redistribute or otherwise attempt to commercially benefit from the LawCanvas Content without the express written consent of LawCanvas. If you print, copy or download any part of the Website in breach of these Terms, your right to use the Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

19. Liability disclaimer

The legal information on the Website is not legal advice and is not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date. Because the law changes rapidly, we cannot guarantee that all the information on the Website is completely current. The information may also include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Although LawCanvas will use its reasonable efforts to keep the Website available and the information on the Website reasonably accurate, LawCanvas and/or its officers and employees make no representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, and accuracy of the information, software, products, services, and related graphics contained on the Website for any purpose. All such information, software, products, services and related graphics are provided "as is" without warranty or condition of any kind. To the maximum extent permitted by law, LawCanvas, its officers, employees, agents or sub-contractors (i) expressly exclude all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, software, products, services and related graphics, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement, and (ii) any and all liability to you, whether arising under these Terms or otherwise in connection with your using the Services.

The foregoing is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in these Terms is intended to exclude or limit any liability that may not by law be excluded or limited, and in particular none of the exclusions and limitations in this clause are intended to limit any rights you may have as a consumer under Singapore law or statutory rights which may not be excluded, nor in any way to exclude or limit our liability to you for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our employees or agents.

To the extent that foregoing limitation of liability is prohibited, LawCanvas’ sole obligation to you for damages shall be limited to S$100.00.

20. No liability for damage

Obtaining any materials through using the Services is done at your own discretion and at your own risk. LawCanvas shall have no responsibility for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any content.

21. Site access within and outside of Singapore

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms, and that they comply with it.

We will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the Website is available at all times. However, we cannot guarantee that the Website or any individual function or feature of the Website will always be available and/or error free. The Website may be unavailable during periods when we are implementing upgrades or carrying our essential maintenance on the Website.

We make no promise that the materials on the Website are appropriate or available for use in locations outside Singapore. Accessing the Website from territories where its contents are illegal or unlawful is prohibited. If you choose to access the Website from elsewhere, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

22. Contact information

Most customer concerns can be resolved quickly and to the customers satisfaction by contacting our customer service department at info@lawcanvas.com.

23. General

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of these Terms or your using the Services.

Our performance of these Terms is subject to existing laws and legal process. Nothing contained in these Terms is in derogation of our right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Website or information provided to or gathered by us with respect to such use.

If any part of these Terms is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under any applicable law, including. but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set out above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of these Terms will continue in effect.

Unless otherwise specified, these Terms constitutes the entire agreement between you and us with respect to the Website and it supersedes all prior communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and us with respect to the Website.

You must not assign or otherwise transfer these Terms, or any right granted under them, without our written consent. We can freely transfer our rights under the Terms.

Any failure by us to enforce or exercise any provision of the Terms, or any related right, will not be a waiver of that provision or right. Any rights not expressly granted in these Terms are reserved.

We may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms, by email, regular mail, postings on the Website, or other reasonable means now known or developed in the future.

24. Copyright and trademark notices

All contents of the Website are Copyright ® 2014 LawCanvas. All rights reserved. LawCanvas, LawCanvas.com, and our logo are trademarks belonging to us. We give no permission for the use of these trademarks, and any such use may constitute an infringement of our rights. Other trademarks or service marks on our Website are the property of their respective owners. Unless otherwise stated, we do not endorse and are not affiliated with any of the holders of such rights and we cannot and do not grant any license to exercise such rights.

25. Governing law, arbitration, and jurisdiction

All matters related to the Website will be governed by the laws of Singapore, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions.

If you have a complaint, question, or dispute (collectively, "Dispute") regarding the Website, you are encouraged to bring it to our attention. You may contact us at info@lawcanvas.com, and we will try to address your concerns. If we are unable to resolve a dispute ourselves, any dispute relating in any way to the Website shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in Singapore, except that to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate our intellectual property rights, we may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any court of Singapore. Arbitration under these Terms shall be conducted in accordance with the prevailing rules and procedures of the Singapore International Arbitration centre, with each party being responsible for its own costs and fees and the joint costs of arbitration being shared equally by the parties. The arbitrators award shall be final and binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, no arbitration or claim under these Terms may be joined to any other arbitration or claim, including any arbitration or other legal proceeding involving any other current or former user of the Website, and NO CLASS ACTION PROCEEDINGS WILL BE PERMITTED.

By agreeing to arbitration in these Terms, you understand and agree that you are (i) relinquishing any right to pursue claims or have disputes resolved in a court of law, (ii) any right to compulsory discovery, and (iii) any right to the appeal of an adverse arbitration decision.

You agree that, regardless of any law or statute, any claim or cause of action you may have against us must be brought within one year after the claim or cause of action arises or is known or should reasonably have been known to you, or the claim or cause of action will be forever barred.