Our Terms and Conditions

Last updated January 4, 2024

Take a moment to read these rules before you use our website. If you use our website, it means you agree to follow these rules and our privacy guidelines. If you don't want to follow these rules, please don't use our website.

About Us,

Our Services

and These Terms

Villalba Firm LLC ("we," "us") is an Ohio limited liability company that provides legal services ("Services"). All references to our Services include our website ("Website") all information, photos, videos, graphics, logos, materials, and other content ("Content") provided through our Website. We and our licensors own all the rights to the Content, and this includes the intellectual property rights. All Content is protected by laws in the United States and other countries, through copyright and trademark laws. You agree not to take away, change, or hide any copyright, trademark, service mark, or other notices that show up with the Content on the website.

These rules, called "Terms," are an agreement between you and us about using our Website at www.villalbalawfirm.com. When you use our Website or Services, you're agreeing to follow these rules, along with our privacy guidelines and the law. Sometimes we might change these rules, and the most recent version will have a date showing when it started. If you keep using our website and services, it means you agree to follow the updated rules. Make sure to check these rules now and then. If you don't like the changes, please don't use our website.

Using and Accessing Our Website

You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age to access and use our website.

As long as you follow these rules, you can use our website for your personal, non-commercial use. Using the site for anything else is not allowed.

In some states, the law doesn't allow certain restrictions on implied warranties or limitations on damages. If these laws apply to you, some of the things we said may not apply, and you might have extra rights.

Prohibited Uses

By using our Website, you agree not to:

  • use the Website for any other reason than your personal use

  • use our Website or Services for any illegal purpose, to violate any laws or regulations, to violate or encourage others to violate third party rights, including the infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property rights

  • to access, monitor, or copy any content or information provided on our Website using any robot, spider, scraper, or automated or manual means for any purpose without our written consent

  • interfere with the security features of our Website or Services or attempt to interfere with the proper functioning of the Website (e.g., disabling or circumventing features that limit your use or copying any content of the Website or reverse engineer our Services to discover its source code)

  • access or use our Website to distribute any virus or other harmful code

  • use our Website or Services in a way that could harm our reputation or the goodwill, or that of anyone else.

  • use the Website or our Services for the solicitation of business or in connection with a commercial enterprise

  • attempt to do, or assist anyone else to do, any of the above.



You understand and agree that everything on the website and the software we use is our property or the property of those who let us use it. This includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other rights, and we keep all these rights. You can't use our trademarks, service marks, or other intellectual property without our written permission, and that includes any use that might confuse people or harm us.

If you break these rules, our usual legal actions might not be enough to make things right. So, we could ask for specific actions, stop you from doing something, or both. We might also ask for damages and for you to cover our expenses, like lawyers' fees, to solve any disputes. We have different ways to solve problems, and our rights and actions can overlap.

You understand and agree that everything on the website and the software we use is our property or the property of those who let us use it. This includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other rights, and we keep all these rights. You can't use our trademarks, service marks, or other intellectual property without our written permission, and that includes any use that might confuse people or harm us.

If you break these rules, our usual legal actions might not be enough to make things right. So, we could ask for specific actions, stop you from doing something, or both. We might also ask for damages and for you to cover our expenses, like lawyers' fees, to solve any disputes. We have different ways to solve problems, and our rights and actions can overlap.

Downloadable Content

By providing your email address, creating a user account, enrolling in our programs, or participating in our subscription program/membership we will provide you with a limited, non-exclusive, and personal license to use our downloadable content such as ebooks, courses, videos, templates, and forms (“Downloadable Content”) on our Website that you agree to exclusively use for your own personal or internal business benefit. You warrant and agree that you have no right to modify, edit, copy, reproduce, create derivative works, reverse engineer, alter, enhance or in any way exploit any Downloadable Content in any way, including creating any competing (services, products) based upon our Downloadable Content.

Notice of Copyright Violation

If you believe any content posted or appearing on our Website possibly constitutes copyright infringement of any of your creative work, please provide us with written notice immediately along with the following information: (i) a description of the work you believe has been infringed; (ii) a description of the material you claim is infringing your work and a detailed description of where it is located on our Website or other social media platforms; (iii) your full name, address, telephone number, and email address; (iv) a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized; (v) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf; and (vi) an electronic or physical signature. Notice of Copyright Violations should be sent to us at: thevillalbafirm@gmail.com.

Links to Third Party Websites

Our Website may contain third-party links. You assume all risks associated with these third-party links, subject to their terms and conditions of use. We are not responsible for any third-party content or services.


You are responsible for how you use our website and services. To the fullest extent allowed by law, you agree to protect, not harm, and compensate Villalba Firm, our owners, directors, officers, employees, agents, consultants, and affiliates for any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses (including reasonable lawyers' and accounting fees) related to:

  • your access to, use, or inability to use our Website or Services

  • your violation of these Terms or any law or regulation to access, monitor, or copy any content or information provided on our Website using any robot, spider, scraper, or automated or manual means for any purpose without our written consent

  • your breach or violation of these Terms, our Privacy Policy, or any of our policies

  • any third-party claim relating to any actual or alleged breach by you of any representation, warranty, covenant, or obligation hereunder

  • any infringement or other violation of intellectual property by you of the rights of any other user or third party

  • any disputes between you and any third-party

  • the Services in general or the software or systems that make the Services available

If you have to defend us, we can take control of the situation, but you still need to help us.

Limitation of Liability and


  • Our website and services are provided "as is," and we don't offer any warranties. We can't guarantee the accuracy, reliability, or content of any information on our website or services.

  • We are not responsible for any losses or damages that result from relying on information or content posted on our website, services, or sent to you.

  • You agree that we won't be responsible for any kind of damages, including direct, indirect, special, incidental, fair, or consequential damages. This includes things like lost profits, delays, or the inability to use our website or services. It also includes damages related to the information, software, products, services, and graphics obtained through our website or services. This applies whether the cause is a contract, negligence, strict liability, or any other reason, even if we or our suppliers have been told about the possibility of damages. However, this might not apply to you if your state or jurisdiction doesn't allow excluding or limiting liability for consequential or incidental damages.

  • Our website and services might have inaccuracies or errors. It's up to you to check if the information on our website, services, or any linked third-party sites is accurate and complete.

By using our website and services, you agree to this disclaimer voluntarily. If you don't agree with this limit on our responsibility, please don't use or access our website or services.

International Users

Our Website and Services are controlled, operated, and administered from our offices in Ohio, within the United States. If you access our Website or Services from a location outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws. You agree that you will not use our Website or Services in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.

Dispute Resolution

Should any dispute arise between you and us with regards to these Terms, you agree to resolve the issue in the following ways:

  • You must provide notice of the dispute with 15 days to try to resolve the issue. If no resolution occurs after 35 days, we will agree to mediation in the courts of Butler County, Ohio.

  • To the fullest extent permissible by law, you further agree that you are responsible for all costs associated with initiation and administration of any mediation, including attorney's fees and court costs.

Governing Law Jurisdiction and Venue

This Agreement is construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of Ohio. You voluntarily consent to the jurisdiction of the courts located in Butler County, Ohio, and the venue of any cause of action will be undertaken in Butler County, Ohio.

No Joint Venture or Other Relationship

Nothing in these Terms will be construed to create any joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship between you and Villalba Firm or our affiliates. An attorney-client relationship will only exist upon execution of our engagement agreement.


You agree that you are responsible for the payment of all fees and charges associated with our Services. All payments will be made in United States dollars. You further agree that we may recover from you any overdue fees and charges which apply to your use of our Services using any available means of collection. Should you hire us for legal services, payment terms and conditions will be governed by our engagement agreement.

Due to the nature of our downloadable content, we do not offer any refunds.

General Provisions

  • Severability/Waiver: If any provision of these Terms is deemed void, invalid, or unenforceable for any reason by any arbiter or court of competent jurisdiction, then such provision will be enforced to the maximum extent possible under applicable law. All provisions of these Terms are severable and will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions. Any failure by us to exercise any right or remedy under these Terms will not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy or any other right or remedy.

  • Modification: We reserve the right to modify and revise these Terms at any time. We will post any revised Terms and update the “Last Updated” date at the top. It is your responsibility to review these notices and any modifications. You accept these new Terms if you use or continue to use our Website or Services.

  • Assignment/Third-Party Beneficiaries: You may not assign or otherwise transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms without our prior written approval. Any alleged assignment without our permission is null and void. These Terms do not grant any third-party beneficiary rights. Agreements with third-party providers are separate from this Agreement.

  • Force Majeure: You agree that we will not be liable to you for any failure or delay in performing any obligation under these Terms due to any circumstances beyond our reasonable control including, without limitation, acts of God, natural disasters, weather events, fires, epidemics, pandemics, power failure, internet or other communications outage, service interruption, third party supplier failure, virus or other harmful code, denial of service or other cyber-attack, acts or orders of government, acts of war, terrorism, embargoes, insurrection, strikes, labor disputes and riots or other acts of civil disorder.

Entire Agreement

These Terms, our Privacy Policy, and other policies constitute the entire agreement between you and us, and govern your use of our Website and Services, and supersede prior agreements, written or oral, between you and us.

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Why you should register your trademarks

February 06, 20243 min read

“It's definitely a beautiful thing to have a little trademark or something that sets you apart from everyone else.” - Jadakiss

Should I register my trademark or not? That's a big question that everyone asks...

I get asked this question a lot, especially considering the expense and time-consumption of registering trademarks. My reasoning is always...it depends. I need to look at the overall business and what types of trademarks they are using. Which ones are being used as source identifiers, which ones will increase the value of the business, which ones will be able to get registered either through the state or the USPTO. I also consider whether or not state or federal registration is best. I enjoy meeting with business owners to devise a strategy to register certain marks. After our initial overview, I conduct a search and analyze the potential risks to registration.

7 reasons to register your trademark

With that said, here are 7 reasons why you should register your trademarks! 💥®👍

1. Provides Your Business with Legal Protection

Registering a trademark provides legal protection against others who might try to use the same or similar mark for similar products or services. As a trademark owner, you have the right to sue anyone who tries to use your mark without your permission, and can recover damages for any losses or harm caused by unauthorized use.

2. Increases Brand Recognition

A registered trademark helps your business build brand recognition while establishing a unique identity for it, making it easier for customers to identify and remember your business's products or services, and gives them confidence in the authenticity and quality of your products or services. Brand recognition increases your bottom line - the more people can recognize your business, the more business you get!

3. Builds Your Business's Reputation and Integrity

A registered trademark can enhance your business's reputation and credibility because customers have more confidence in your products and services. Registered trademarks signal customers that your brand is legitimate, established, and committed to maintaining its reputation.

Protecting your brand through trademark registration demonstrates your commitment to maintaining brand integrity and preventing dilution or unauthorized use. This commitment helps build trust with consumers, stakeholders, and can increase your business's reputation over time.

4. Increases the Value of Your Business

Registered trademarks can create a strong intellectual property portfolio, which contributes to the overall valuation of your company, making it more attractive to investors, partners, and potential buyers. Registered trademarks indicate the serious commitment your business has to building its intellectual property portfolio for long-term use.

5. Gives Your Business a Competitive Advantage

A registered trademark can give your business a competitive advantage over others in the same industry, which can make it difficult for competitors to use similar marks, and increase your business's reputation and credibility. For example, registered marks for beers can prevent other breweries from using the same name such as Rheingeist Truth or Mad Tree Thundersnow. Everyone knows famous marks like the Starbucks logo, Nike's "Just Do It," or Tiffany's blue box.

6. You Can Leverage Your Marks Through Franchising and Licensing

A registered trademark can be licensed or franchised to other businesses or individuals, providing a valuable source of revenue for the trademark owner. You can thereby potentially expand your business's market share, resulting in financial gain and a competitive edge in the marketplace.

7. Expands Your Business's Footprint in the Marketplace

Registered trademarks facilitate market expansion by providing nationwide protection. As your business grows and expands into new markets, your registered trademark ensures consistent brand identity and protection across different regions, strengthening your reputation among diverse consumer bases.

Overall, registering your trademarks offer your business several benefits that can boost your overall reputation, value, and give you a competitive edge in the marketplace.

We have several services and packages available to help you with applying for registration of your trademarks. We're happy to assist you with this monumental decision!

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Shannon Villalba

Shannon Villalba is an experienced senior level business and intellectual property lawyer who empowers her clients to expand their legal mindset so they can be better entrepreneurs

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