Terms of Service


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The following terms and conditions govern all use of the forum.step.org website and all content, services and products available at or through the website, including, but not limited to, forum.step.org Forum Software, and the forum.step.org Hosting service (“Hosting”), (taken together, the Website). The Website is owned and operated by The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, forum.step.org’s Privacy Policy and Conditions of use of the Website and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by

STEP (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by STEP, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.

1. Your forum.step.org Account

If you create an account on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account. You must immediately notify STEP of any unauthorized uses of your account or any other breaches of security. STEP will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.

2. Responsibility of Contributors

If you post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

  • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
  • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
  • the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
  • your content is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
  • your content is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company; and
  • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by STEP or otherwise.

3. User Content License

User contributions are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, STEP has the right (though not the obligation) to, in STEP’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in STEP’s reasonable opinion, violates any STEP policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in STEP’s sole discretion.

4. Responsibility of Website Visitors

STEP has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, STEP does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. STEP disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content (including files such as PDFs or images) there posted.

5. Content Posted on Other Websites

We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which forum.step.org links, and that link to forum.step.org. STEP does not have any control over those non-forum.step.org websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-forum.step.org website or webpage, STEP does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. STEP disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-forum.step.org websites and webpages.

6. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy

As STEP asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by forum.step.org violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify STEP in accordance with STEP’s Policy. STEP will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. STEP will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of STEP or others. In the case of such termination, STEP will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to STEP.

7. Intellectual Property

This Agreement does not transfer from STEP to you any STEP or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with STEP. STEP, forum.step.org, the forum.step.org logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with forum.step.org, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of STEP or STEP’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of
other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any STEP or third-party trademarks.

8. Advertisements

STEP reserves the right to display advertisements on your content.

9. Changes

STEP reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. STEP may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

10. Termination

STEP may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your forum.step.org account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

11. Disclaimer of Warranties

The Website is provided “as is”. STEP and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither STEP nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.

12. Limitation of Liability

In no event will STEP, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data. STEP shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

13. General Representation and Warranty

You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the STEP Privacy Policy, Conditions of use of website, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the country in which this website resides or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

14. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless STEP, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.

15. Miscellaneous

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between STEP and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of STEP, or by the posting by STEP of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by English and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

This article was last updated in May 2015.


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