[last updated: May 14, 2020]
Please read these Terms carefully before using Website.
USER IS OF LEGAL AGE TO FORM A BINDING AGREEMENT
This Website is offered and available to users who are 18 years of age or older. By using this Website, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age and sufficient capacity under law to form a binding contract with the Company. If the foregoing representation is not true, you must not access or use the Website.
CHANGES/UPDATES TO THESE TERMS
We may revise and update these Terms from time to time in our sole discretion. All changes are effective immediately when we post such changes or updates, and apply to all access to and use of the Website thereafter. However, any changes to the dispute resolution provisions set out in Governing Law and Jurisdiction section in these Terms will not apply to any disputes for which the parties have actual notice before the date the revised Terms are posted on the Website.
Your continued use of the Website following the posting of revised Terms means that you accept and agree to the changes. You are expected to check this page and review these Terms from time to time so you are aware of any changes, as they are binding on you.
CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE
We may update the content on the Website from time to time, but its content is not necessarily complete or continuously up-to-date. Although the Company makes a strong effort to keep all relevant terms relating to Services, policies, and terms governing the provision of Services to clients, it is possible that certain material on the Website may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material. For example, posts on our blog, while accurate at the time written and posted, may become out of date or obsolete because of changes in law, regulation, market conditions, or accepted practices.
NO “LEGAL ADVICE” PROVIDED
The Website is intended to provide you with a convenient way review the type and nature of the Services we offer, among other things. It provides Website visitors with a general understanding of the features, characteristics, and relative advantages and disadvantages of the types of business entities offered under Delaware law. While this discussion necessarily includes an assessment or comparison/contract of broad legal concepts governing the characteristics, treatment under various regulator regimes, and structure of Delaware business entities, which are essentially creatures of law, the Website does not tailor its discussion to the specific situation and circumstances of any person or entity.
The Website does not provide “legal advice” to any person or entity as that term is defined under state (and federal) regulation and the self-regulatory organizations for attorneys in each state, which may only be provided by licensed attorneys. The Company is not a law firm and is not (and will not) provide you with legal advice or legal counsel under any circumstances.
HBS and its employees, agents, representatives, and sales associates are not at any time acting as your attorney. Further, no attorney-client or other privilege applies to the communications between you and the Company, meaning that any discussions, notes or records, and the content thereof, can be subject to disclosure pursuant to a valid subpoena, other judicial disclosure order, or federal or state law enforcement requests.
Nothing on this Website should be taken as a substitute for legal advice, and the Company urges you to contact an attorney should you feel it necessary or appropriate. The Company is a document filing service; you are solely responsible for any actions or inactions taken in reliance on any information on the Website.
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS OUR PRIORITY
HBS is committed to ensuring your satisfaction with all of our Services and support. If you are not satisfied with our Services, please contact an HBS representative immediately by calling 800-345-2677. We will address your concern promptly by assigning your request to a manager who will work with you to attempt to resolve your issue or concern.
ACCESSING THE WEBSITE AND ACCOUNT SECURITY
We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently shut down or remove access to all or part of the Website, and any service or material we provide on the Website, in our sole discretion, with or without notice. We will not be liable to you if, for any reason, all or any part of the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire Website, to users, including registered users. This may occur in the process of servicing the Website, amending all or a portion of the Website’s content, or adding additional functionality and features to the Website, among other things.
You are responsible for:
REGISTRATION FOR SERVICES
If you elect to use our Services, you will be given access to an account (MyControlDesk) through the Company will provide information regarding such Services and other matters. When you register for such account to use these Services, you will be required to provide certain information about yourself. You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information about yourself, and to update this information when it changes. If you provide any information that is untrue or inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, or if HBS suspects that your information is untrue or inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, HBS may, in its sole discretion, suspend or terminate your account and refuse current or future access to any Service. More broadly, HBS has the right to disable any username, password or other identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time, including if, in our opinion, you have violated any provision of these Terms or the account has been compromised through unauthorized access.
You must treat as confidential any username, password or any other piece of information you select or are provided by the Company, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity. If you create an account, you also acknowledge that your account is personal to you and agree not to provide any other person with access to this Website or portions of it using your username, password or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your username or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to take reasonable steps to ensure the security of your account access information, such as signing out of your account at the end of each session and/or using extra caution when using a public or shared computer.
The Company is permitted to rely upon directions, instructions, or other information transmitted from or entered in the account until we are otherwise instructed otherwise, and shall have no liability, therefore.
FRANCHISE TAX SERVICES
The Company facilitates its clients Delaware Franchise Tax payments, accepting such payments and transmitting them to the State. By using our Services to file your Delaware Franchise Tax, you are indicating your understanding and consent to the following:
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE COMPANY
If you sign up for an account or if you sign up to receive them, the Company may choose to send you limited materials, such as notices letting you know of problems with the site or with services offered by HBS, or presenting you with the opportunity to review for purchase selected products and services.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The Website and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video and audio, and the design, selection and arrangement thereof), are owned by the Company, its licensors or other providers of such material, The foregoing materials are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.
These Terms permit you to use the Website for your direct use only. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store or transmit any of the material on our Website, except as follows:
You must not:
If you wish to make any use of material on the Website other than that set out in this section, please address your request to: email@example.com.
If you print, copy, modify, download or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to 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. No right, title or interest in or to the Website or any content on the Website is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by the Company. Any use of the Website not expressly permitted by these Terms is a breach of these Terms and may violate copyright, trademark and other laws. Violation of the foregoing may result in our termination of services to you and/or resignation of our role as registered agent for entities affiliated with you (as permitted by Delaware law), if applicable.
Harvard Business Services, Inc., HBS, the HBS logo, MyControlDesk, ComplianceMonitor and DelawareInc.com and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans are trademarks of Harvard Business Services, Inc., and all other trademarks, service marks and trade names used on the Website are the property of their respective owners. None of the trademarks discussed above may be copied, downloaded or otherwise exploited without the permission of HBS or the owner of such trademark, service mark, or trade name, as applicable.
It is a condition of your use of the Website that you do not:
The Company, at its sole discretion, shall determine whether any behavior, action, inaction, or information transmitted or received violates this provision.
MONITORING CONDUCT; ENFORCEMENT
We have the right to:
YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING, OR TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF, INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER THE COMPANY/SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
The Company assumes no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or content provided by any user or third party. The Company accepts no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or non-performance of the activities described in this Section.
SUBMISSIONS BY USERS
Any testimonials or other comments or posts on our blog, podcast or other creative forum by Website users or those with an account on the Website (“Comments”) shall be deemed, and shall remain, the property of HBS, and shall otherwise be subject to the provisions below. You represent and warrant that you are authorized to grant all rights in any Comments to the Company. Disclosure, submission, or offer of any Comments shall constitute an assignment to HBS of all worldwide rights, titles, and interests in all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in such Comments. HBS may edit, copy, publish, distribute, translate, and otherwise use in any medium any Comments that you forward to HBS and will own exclusively all such rights, titles, and interest and shall not be limited in any way in its use, commercial or otherwise, of the Comments. HBS is and shall be under no obligation to: (1) maintain any of your or any user’s Comments in confidence; (2) to pay to you or any user any compensation for any Comments; or (3) to respond to any of your or any other user’s Comments.
RELIANCE ON INFORMATION POSTED
The information presented on or through the Website is made available solely for general information purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any other visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.
This Website may include content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users, bloggers and others. All statements and/or opinions expressed in these materials, and all articles and responses to questions and other content, other than the content provided by the Company, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the person or entity providing those materials. These materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Company. We are not responsible or liable to you or any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials provided by any third parties.
The Company may rely on third-party statistical, survey, or other information or figures in its discussions on the Website or in the Company’s blog. The Company makes every attempt to only rely on sources it believes to be accurate and verified, but is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of such information or sources.
ONLINE PURCHASES AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All contracting for Services through the Website or other transactions you make on the Website will be governed by separate agreements for such services (“Services Agreements”). The template Services Agreement for registered agent services is available here. In connection with your Services Agreement(s), you will have the opportunity to review, carefully read through, and, if you choose, ask the Company’s staff questions regarding the relevant agreements. Your payment for and acceptance of these Services constitutes your agreement to the applicable Services Agreements.
The Company only accepts payments in U.S. dollars.
LINKING TO THE WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES
You may link to our homepage, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of our reputation or standing, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association with your website, business, or other venture, or our approval or endorsement on our part without our express prior written consent.
This Website may provide certain social imedia features that enable you to:
You may use these features solely as they are provided by us, and solely with respect to the content they are displayed with and otherwise in accordance with any additional terms and conditions we provide with respect to such features. Subject to the foregoing, you must not:
You agree to cooperate with us in causing any unauthorized framing or linking immediately to cease. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. We may disable all or any social media features and any links at any time without notice in our discretion.
LINKS FROM THE WEBSITE
If the Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your convenience only (“Advertisement Links”). These Advertisement Links include links contained in advertisements, including banner advertisements and sponsored links. We have no control over the contents of Advertisement Links, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your access, use, or reliance upon them. We do not endorse or recommend the use of any Advertisement Links. If you decide to access any Advertisement Leak, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such websites.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
Although we take commercially reasonable steps to prevent such occurrence, you understand that the Company cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the Website or content to which the Website links will be free of viruses or other destructive code. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to our Website for any reconstruction of any lost data.
WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.
YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT OR ANY SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.
THE COMPANY HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT WILL THE COMPANY, ITS AFFILIATES OR THEIR LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS OR DIRECTORS BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT, ANY CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES OR ANY SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES, INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF DATA, AND WHETHER CAUSED BY TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE.
THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
LIMITATION ON TIME TO FILE CLAIMS
ANY CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR THE WEBSITE MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES, OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED. IF THE FOREGOING PROVISION IS DEEMED UNENFORCEABLE AS A MATTER OF LAW, THEN THE PROVISION SHALL BE AMENDED TO PROVIDE FOR THE SHORTEST PERIOD OF TIME FOR COMMENCEMENT OF A CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM AFTER SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUED PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, licensors and service providers, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses or fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms or your use of the Website, including, but not limited to, your contributions, any use of the Website’s content, services and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms, or your use of any information obtained from the Website, or any misconduct or illegality involving the foregoing.
HBS may, in its sole discretion, terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Website, or remove and discard any communication transmitted by you, or information stored, sent, or received via the Website without prior notice and for any reason, including, but not limited to:
You may terminate your membership hereunder upon thirty (30) days written notice by you to HBS of your intent to terminate these Terms. Termination, suspension, or cancellation of these Terms or your access rights shall not affect any right or relief to which HBS may be entitled, at law or in equity. Upon termination of these Terms, all rights granted to you will automatically terminate and immediately revert to HBS and its licensors.
The Company’s Services provided through its Website are subject to United States export controls. No Services may be provided (1) to a national or resident of Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or any other country to which the U.S. has embargoed goods or prohibited commercial transactions (“Restricted Countries”), or (2) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) lists. By using the Website, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of a Restricted Country and are not currently named on any sanctions list maintained by OFAC.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Sussex County, Delaware, U.S.A., regarding any and all disputes relating to these Terms.
DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS ARE MATERIAL TERMS
You acknowledge and agree that the warranty disclaimers and liability and remedy limitations in these Terms are material terms and that they have been taken into account in the decision by the Company to operate the Website in connection with its business.
No waiver of any provision or any right granted hereunder will be effective unless set forth in a written instrument signed by the waiving party. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell, or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Website or access to the Website. The headings and subtitles-headings used in these Terms are used for convenience only and are not to be considered in construing or interpreting these Terms.
In the event any of the provisions of these Terms are deemed to be unenforceable by a court of law, such provisions shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Terms shall otherwise remain in full force and effect.
You agree that these Terms are the complete and exclusive agreement between you and Harvard Business Services, Inc. pertaining specifically to your use of the Website. If any provision herein conflicts with a Services Agreement for a particular Service, the applicable Services Agreement shall control.
COMMENTS AND CONCERNS
This Website is operated by the Company, located at 16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958.
All notices of copyright infringement claims should be sent to our copyright agent, Jarrod Melson, General Counsel of the Company. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications relating to the Website should be directed to: email@example.com.
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