Veritas Law Terms and Conditions of Use

Please take a minute to read the following terms and conditions so you understand how our services and products work.  If you use any of VERITAS LAW’s services, you agree to these terms.

1. Terms of Use
1.1 Welcome and thank you for using our website and/or services. Please read the Terms and Conditions of Use of this website and business carefully.
1.2 These Terms and Conditions of Use (hereafter referred to as the “Terms”) set forth the Terms and Conditions of Use that apply to your use of this website www.veritaslaw.co.za (hereafter referred to as the or this “Site”) and of our business Veritas Law and any services, advice or information provided. Your use of this Site or our services indicates your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to follow and be bound by them.
1.3 By using the Site or by making use of a service provided by VERITAS LAW, the Terms and Conditions herein contained shall be deemed to have been read and accepted.
1.4 The right to use the Site is personal to you (hereafter referred to as the “Client”, “User”, “Customer” or “Visitor”) and is not transferable to any other person or entity.
1.5 VERITAS LAW may at any time modify these Terms and your continued use of the Site will be subject to the modified Terms and Conditions of Use. Accordingly, you agree to review and check these Terms periodically for changes or updates, and your continued access or use of the Site and/or any provided services shall be deemed to be your acceptance of the amended Terms and Conditions of the Site.
1.6 Any material, information or content that you download or receive from this Site or VERITAS LAW is done so at your sole discretion and risk, and that you will be solely responsible for any damage or harm caused to your network connection(s), computer or computer-related software and equipment, system loss or data that results from your visit to this Site and/or the download or reception of any data or information from the Site.

2. Intellectual Property, Copyrights and Trademarks
2.1 All materials contained on the Site are copyrighted and all rights are reserved.
2.2 Copyright and all intellectual property rights in all materials (including, but not limited to, all software, programs, technology, databases, know-how, text, graphics, icons, hyperlinks, process, private information, designs, publication, product, or ideas described in this Site) made available through this Site are owned by VERITAS LAW, alternatively, VERITAS LAW is the lawful user thereof and is protected by both South African and international intellectual property right legislation, treaties and conventions. Accordingly, any unauthorised copying, reproduction, transmission, retransmission, distribution, dissemination, sale, publication, broadcasting, adaptation, posting, downloading, storing, performance, licensing displaying, or other circulation or exploitation of such material as aforesaid or any component thereof will constitute an infringement of such copyright and other intellectual property rights if done without the prior written permission of VERITAS LAW.

3. Disclaimer
3.1 The contents, services and information published on the Site and any links are provided on an “as is” basis. VERITAS LAW makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this Site or the accuracy, timelines, performance, quality, correctness, fitness for a particular purpose, reliability of any information or completeness of the information and contents included on the Site.
3.2 VERITAS LAW shall not be liable for any loss or damage directly or indirectly caused by your use of, or inability to use, this Site or any services provided or offered. VERITAS LAW shall also not be liable for any damage or loss caused by information changes, deletions, site suspension or discontinuation, or for any errors or reliance upon any information, contained in this site. Accordingly, you download or access data, files, software, etc. at your own risk.
3.3 No warranty, whether express or implied, is given that any files, downloads or applications available via this web site are free of viruses, worms, Trojans, bombs, time-locks or any other date or code which has the ability to corrupt or that has contaminating or destructive properties.
3.4 VERITAS LAW shall not be liable for any damage, loss or liability of whatsoever nature arising from the use or inability to use this Site or the services, information or content provided from, through or via this Site (subject to sections 43(5) and 43(6) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 or any amendment thereof).
3.5 The provisions of Part 2 of Chapter III of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 is hereby excluded from applying to any electronic communications and data messages that a User sends to VERITAS LAW. Any communication or data message that a User sends to VERITAS LAW will be regarded having been received by VERITAS LAW when receipt is acknowledged in writing. If the User however does not receive a response within a reasonable period of time, the User must follow it up by contacting VERITAS LAW again. VERITAS LAW shall not be liable or held accountable for any failure to respond to any communications whatsoever.

4. Limitation of Liability
4.1 VERITAS LAW, its employees, representatives, subcontractors, agents, successors, etc. shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever (including, without any limitation, attorneys fees and or lost profits or savings) in any way due to, resulting from, or arising in connection with this Site, information or services provided, including its content, regardless of any negligence. Such limitation shall also apply with respect to damages resulting from the inability to use the Site, the operational failure of the Site, or for any information, data and services obtained through the Site, or otherwise arising out of the use of the Site, whether based on contract, delict, strict liability or otherwise.
4.2 The Site and all content on the Site, including any current or future offer of products or services, are provided on an “as is” basis and may include inaccuracies or typographical errors.
4.3 The owners and/or VERITAS LAW make no warranty or representation as to the availability, validity, safety, accuracy, usefulness, correctness, or completeness of the content, information, tools or services provided on or via the Site.
4.4 VERITAS LAW shall not be liable for loss of profits, business, revenues, fuel or additional fuel costs, anticipated savings, goodwill or other economic loss (whether direct or indirect) or any special, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage, in each case whether arising under warranty or guarantee, contract, negligence (including negligent misrepresentation), strict liability, indemnification, or any other cause whatsoever.
4.5 Notwithstanding any other provisions, VERITAS LAW liability shall in all circumstances always be limited to an amount equivalent to the total fees paid to VERITAS LAW by the claimant in the 6 months prior to the date on which the liability arose.

5. Indemnity
5.1 The User hereby agrees to indemnify and save VERITAS LAW harmless against all damages, losses, expenses and costs (including legal costs) suffered or incurred by VERITAS LAW in connection with or arising from the User’s breach of any of these Terms, the User’s access of this Site (and/or use of any services) and/or any other party’s access of this Site (and/or use of any services).
5.2 You warrant that any comments of information disclosed, submitted or offered by you to the Site or VERITAS LAW do not and will not violate any right of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or any other personal or proprietary right. You agree not to disclose, submit or offer any comments or information that will be or will contain any defamatory, unlawful, abusive or obscene material. VERITAS LAW disclaims any liability towards any third party regarding your comments or information and you shall remain accountable towards any third party regarding the contents of your comments or information.

6. Applicable law and jurisdiction
6.1 The User’s access and use of this Site, any services provided and these Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws in force in the Republic of South Africa.
6.2 The User hereby consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court of the Republic of South Africa.
6.3 The User specifically consents to the jurisdiction of the courts situated in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa in respect of any dispute (which can not be resolved amicably) arising in connection with this Site and/or services provided by VERITAS LAW. At the sole discretion of VERITAS LAW, any dispute arising out of these Terms may however be brought in any Magistrates’ Court of competent jurisdiction (also notwithstanding that the amount in issue may exceed the jurisdiction of such court). This clause shall also be deemed to constitute the required written consent conferring jurisdiction upon the court in terms of section 45 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1944 (Act 34 of 1944), as amended.
6.4 Any dispute, difference or deadlock pursuant to these Terms that cannot be settled amicably may also be settled by Arbitration by one or more arbitrators appointed in accordance with the Arbitration Act, if so elected by VERITAS LAW. The standard provisions of the Arbitration Act shall apply.

7. Attorney-client relationship and confidential information
7.1 The use of this Site or VERITAS LAW does not constitute the forming of an attorney client relationship with VERITAS LAW and nor does it provide you with attorney-client privilege in respect of any communications you may make with us (unless expressly stated otherwise).
7.2 The use of this Site does not constitute an invitation to the User to communicate confidential information to us. The User furthermore agrees that VERITAS LAW will have no duty to either retain the information, or keep confidential any information the User may choose to transmit to us.
7.3 Before communicating any information to any legal advisor or attorney over the Internet, or via any other format, you should first establish if that attorney to whom you intend communicating the information, represents an opposing party in your matter or is prevented from taking your case due to a conflict of interest, or any other reason.

8. General Incapacity
8.1 VERITAS LAW cannot be held liable in any way if any of the following events or conditions below prevent it from fulfilling its obligation to clients/Users:
a) Unanticipated interruption (or defect in) to the electricity, water, gas, sewage to, from or on any premises where VERITAS LAW, its employees, representatives or subcontractors are operating from.
b) Criminal activity, industrial action or civil uprising.
c) Flooding, fire, frost, or any other force majeure event.
d) Public enemy, explosion, earthquake, perils of the sea, flood, storm or other adverse weather conditions, subsidence, war declared or undeclared, civil war, revolution, diseases, pandemics, civil commotion or other civil strife, riot, strikes, blockade, embargo, sanctions, epidemics, act of any Government or any ‘Act of God’.

9. Inherent Nature of the Internet
You acknowledge and accept that the inherent nature of the Internet is such that transmissions may be subject to interruption, interception, hacking, transmission blackout, delayed transmission and/or incorrect data transmission. VERITAS LAW shall not be liable for any failures or defects in server or communications facilities not under its control that may affect the accuracy, authenticity or timeliness of messages and transactions that may be sent and does not warrant that any identified failures or defects will be corrected.

10. Security and acceptable use
Any person, business, or entity that delivers or attempts to deliver any unauthorised, damaging, destructive, malicious or contaminating code, programs or software to this Site, to gain unauthorised access to any page on this Site, to tamper with any of the content or pages that constitute this Site may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If VERITAS LAW or any third party suffers any damage or loss as a result of such actions, VERITAS LAW reserves the right to claim civil damages and/or lay criminal charges. The User may not collect any information about other users of the Site without their consent.

11. Hyperlinks and External Links
VERITAS LAW reserve the right to contain links (hyperlinks or external links) to websites of third parties on the Site. Such websites are independently managed and maintained by such third parties or individuals and VERITAS LAW has no control over such websites. VERITAS LAW is not liable for any loss or damage caused by using any link or website that links to the Site and use of such websites is at your own discretion and risk.

12. Privacy policy and Cookie Policy
Please see our Privacy & Cookie Policy on our website www.veritaslaw.co.za

13. Email disclaimer
13.1 All electronic mail that you receive from VERITAS LAW, its employees, representatives or any other person using a VERITAS LAW’ e-mail address, including any attachments thereto, is subject to this e-mail disclaimer (“disclaimer”). Such e-mails may contain information that is confidential, private, subject to legal privilege or otherwise protected by law. It is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and others authorised to receive it. Construction, validity and performance of this disclaimer shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
13.2 VERITAS LAW or any of their employees or representatives shall not be liable for the proper and complete transmission of the information contained in any communications, or for any delay in its receipt, or for the assurance that it is free of harmful viruses or any other code or programs with destructive or contaminating properties. Furthermore, VERITAS LAW accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information or advice contained in the e-mail, or for any loss arising from reliance on it.
13.3 This email is confidential and may contain privileged or copyright information. You may not present this message to another party without consent from the sender.
13.4 If you are not the intended receiver please notify the sender at westlegal@yahoo.com and delete this email. You are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.
13.5 VERITAS LAW does not certify that this email is free of viruses, worms or any other or code or programs with destructive, damaging, malicious or contaminating properties.
13.6 Any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of VERITAS LAW. Any actions taken on the basis of this email are at the reader’s own risk.
13.7 Notwithstanding any other provision of this disclaimer, shall VERITAS LAW, the sender of the e-mail, any VERITAS LAW employee or representative be liable for any loss, damage or expense of whatever nature (including without limitation that caused by the corruption or loss of data, damage to software programmes and interruption of business operations) resulting directly or indirectly from the transmission of the e-mail (including without limitation any malicious, damaging or destructive software code or viruses transmitted together with the e-mail, or any corruption to or loss of data contained in the e-mail).
13.8 The provisions of Part 2 of Chapter III of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 is hereby excluded from applying to any electronic communications and data messages that a User sends to VERITAS LAW. Any communication or data message that a User sends to VERITAS LAW will be regarded having been received by VERITAS LAW when receipt is acknowledged in writing. If the User however does not receive a response within a reasonable period of time, the User must follow it up by contacting VERITAS LAW again. VERITAS LAW shall not be liable or held accountable for any failure to respond to any communications whatsoever.

14. Other provisions
14.1 Construction, validity and performance under these Terms shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
14.2 VERITAS LAW reserves the right to pursue any and all legal remedies for any breach, failure or default in performance these Terms. Any indulgence, leniency or extension of time granted by VERITAS LAW to anybody shall not be construed as a waiver or variation of any of our rights or remedies.
14.3 From time to time VERITAS LAW may post content related to the law and/or developments in the legal field. Such content is intended to provide general guidance only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice from professional legal advisors in relation to your particular circumstances.
14.4 Great care is taken to keep any legal information or advice provided on the Site or by VERITAS LAW accurate, valid and current, but due to constantly changing laws VERITAS LAW does not guarantee the fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability, accuracy, completeness, validity or fitness for any other nature of the information or advice supplied. VERITAS LAW cannot be held responsible for errors, misprints, omissions or misinformation. No information or advice, whether it is given orally or in written form, virtually or physically, by any means of communication, virtual or actual, from this Site, the business, employees, owners, affiliates, officers, agents, partners, and representatives shall create any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms.
14.5 To make use of this Site or a service provided by VERITAS LAW you must be over the age of 18 (eighteen) years.
14.6 Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under law.
14.7 All Users shall be completely responsible for all charges, fees, duties, taxes, liabilities and assessments arising out of the use of this Site or the services offered by VERITAS LAW.
14.8 Drafting, copying and perusing of all documents including (without limitation) letters, instructions to counsel, pleadings and affidavits are based on time spent. VERITAS LAW will not be obliged to render detailed accounts in respect of pre-agreed fees. VERITAS LAW may require advance deposits or interim payments on account based on estimated fees and disbursements incurred or to be incurred.
14.9 All time spent by VERITAS LAW will be charged in units of 15 minutes and will include (without limitation) time spent on the telephone, perusing, in the course of factual and legal research and in the administration of client’s funds and affairs generally. Interest on payments overdue for more than 30 days will be due and payable and calculated monthly at a rate of 20% per annum.

15. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
We will update these Terms and Conditions from time to time in response to changing legal, regulatory or operational requirements. We will provide notice of any such changes (including when they will take effect) in accordance with law. Your continued use of the Veritas Law service after any such updates take effect will constitute acceptance of those changes. If you do not accept any updates to these Terms and Conditions, you may cancel your use of the Veritas Law service. To see when these Terms and Conditions were last updated, please see the “Last Updated” section below. The latest version will be published on our website.

How to contact us
Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please contact us at veritas.law@yahoo.com

Last updated: MAY 2017