LIMITED SCOPE LEGAL or FINANCIAL SERVICES
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND UNDERSTANDING
Thank you for participating in the “COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses” consultation program (the “Program”) organized by Start Small Think Big (“SSTB”), a not-for-profit organization, in collaboration with multiple private law firms, companies, nonprofits, law schools, and other organizations (collectively, the “Partners”). The attorneys and financial professionals assisting with the Program (the “Volunteers”) are volunteering their time to SSTB.
This is an Acknowledgment among the Partners, the Volunteers and you. It contains the basic terms of this project to provide you with limited legal and/or financial advice and assistance so that you can better address your problem.
Scope of Advice: The Partners and the Volunteers are providing short-term limited legal services and/or general financial information/guidance to you. The Partners and the Volunteers are not representing you in any capacity. What they will do is provide you with assistance, general guidance and/or legal advice only with respect to issues related to your small business and the COVID-19 pandemic based on the information that you give to us.
Duration of Help: If you are matched with a Volunteer through the project and schedule a consultation, any assistance will begin at the start of your scheduled consultation and will end immediately upon completion of your consultation. Unless agreed upon in writing, neither the Partners nor the Volunteers will help you in any capacity after the completion of your consultation, unless otherwise separately agreed.
Attorney’s Fee and Costs: There is no cost for these meetings.
Declining to Advise: The Partners or the Volunteers may decline to advise you:
- if the Partners or the Volunteers have a conflict of interest – for example, if a Partner has already advised or provided legal representation to an opposing party in a case involving you, then that Partner has a legal conflict of interest, and cannot provide you with legal advice during your scheduled consultation or otherwise;
- if your legal problems are more complicated than the typical legal problems that we can handle responsibly within the scope of the Consultation; or
- for any other reason set forth in the California Rules of Professional Conduct.