Terms of Application




The following represents the terms and conditions which apply once an individual submits an application (online or otherwise) to the BLC for free legal help (“the Applicant”).

1.       Client Matter Determination

Each Applicant, once accepted as a BLC client, must identify one discrete legal project (“Project”) as to which they seek legal assistance, such as the formation of a limited liability company, drafting of a contract, or a trademark registration.  BLC will attempt to assign the matter to a participating law firm on a single-project basis.  Once the Project is completed, a BLC client is welcome to reapply for additional help.

2.       Certification of Information

Each Applicant represents and warrants, as of the date of their submission of the application, the accuracy and completeness of all the information the applicant (or its representatives) provided in its application to BLC (submitted online or otherwise) and any follow up communications, including statements about the Applicant’s financial condition and inability to pay legal fees.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Applicant also certifies that they cannot afford to pay for legal services.

3.       Law Firm Matching Service

BLC cannot guarantee that we will be able to place an Applicant’s matter with a law firm, or that we will be able to place it within any specific time frame. Until an Applicant is formally engaged with one of our participating law firms, they should do whatever they need to do to protect themselves and their business. In addition, the Applicant agrees that throughout the law firm matching process, BLC may share their information with our participating law firms to facilitate placement. The Applicant also agrees to be responsive to the BLC and the law firms throughout the engagement.

4.       Billing

If the Applicant is successfully engaged through a BLC referral by a participating law firm, and becomes a BLC client, the Project will be performed on a pro bono (i.e. no charge) basis, unless the client works out a different arrangement with the law firm.  The client understands and agrees that they may be charged for any out-of-pocket costs incurred on the client’s behalf and with their permission, such as filing fees.

 5.       Progress Reports

To help us evaluate whether BLC is achieving its mission of job creation, we would like to receive periodic feedback from the Applicant if they are accepted as a client.  The client thus agrees, at least for the next 10 years, to provide BLC with information upon request from time to time on the progress its business and number of employees.

6.       Publicity

The Applicant agrees to allow BLC to use general information about their business (without disclosing the Applicant’s name, Applicant’s company name) in BLC’s marketing materials, press releases, and media materials.

In addition, once the Applicant is engaged through a BLC referral by a participating law firm, the client agrees to let BLC disclose their name to media outlets that are developing news stories on the BLC and/or the client’s involvement with our organization.

 7.       Term; Termination

This engagement shall commence upon submission of the application (online or otherwise) and continue until the earlier of (i) the completion of the Project, or (ii) 120 days following the engagement of the Applicant through a BLC referral by a participating law firm, unless sooner terminated as provided below.The Applicant agrees that the engagement is complete when the Project is completed.  The Applicant also agrees that if BLC is not successful in assigning your Project to a law firm after one or more tries, BLC may terminate this engagement upon written notice.  The Applicant may also terminate this engagement letter at any time upon written notice to BLC.  The Client’s obligations and assurances under Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 shall survive any expiration or termination, with our without cause, of this engagement letter.

 8.       Limitation of Liability

The Applicant understands that BLC is not, itself, providing legal services, but will endeavor to assign the Project to a participating law firm, and that BLC cannot provide assurances that it will be successful in assigning the Applicant’s Project or that the outcome of the legal work will meet the Applicant’s expectations.  Thus, the Applicant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless BLC and its officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against all liabilities and claims arising from this engagement letter.  If BLC incurs any liability under this engagement letter, BLC’s total liability to the Applicant shall not exceed the sum of $500.00.

9.       Miscellaneous

This engagement letter is the entire agreement between BLC and the Applicant concerning the provision of legal services and may be amended or waived only in writing signed by the Applicant and BLC.  This engagement will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Hawaii, other than those relating to conflicts of law principles.  All notices under this engagement letter shall be given by mail, email or fax to the addresses specified below, or such other address as either party may specify in a written notice to the other party, and shall be effective upon email, fax or five (5) days after deposit in the United States mail.  The unenforceability or invalidity of any part of this engagement will not be construed to affect any other part of this engagement.  This engagement may be signed in counterparts, all of which shall constitute one original, and may be executed and delivered by facsimile transmission, email or other electronic means.