NOTICE OF OUR FIRM’S PRIVACY POLICIES
We, as lawyers, together with all other providers of personal financial services, are now required by law to inform our clients of our policies regarding privacy of client information. For us, this is nothing new. The sanctity of the lawyer-client privilege is at the heart of our profession. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct provide that we as lawyers may not reveal information relating to our representation unless our client consents after consultation. Nevertheless, to assure compliance with both the letter and spirit of the rules and applicable federal law, we are providing this notice of our policy. We have in the past and will always continue to protect your right of privacy.
Information We Collect About You
We collect nonpublic personal information about you only in connection with providing you with the legal services that you request. The types of nonpublic personal information that we collect vary according to the services that we perform for you, and may include:
- Information that we receive from you (such as your name, address, income, assets, social security information, and other financial or household information);
- Information about your relationship and past history with us and others (such as the types of legal services we provide to you, your invoice balances and payment history);
- Information that we receive, with your authorization, from third parties such as accountants, financial advisors, insurance agents, banking institutions and others.
How We Handle Your Information
We do not disclose to anyone outside our firm any public or nonpublic personal information about you that we have collected, except as authorized by you or required by law. For example, with your consent, we may disclose personal information to a third-party contractor, such as an appraiser or accountant, who is assisting us in providing services to you. In addition, we will release information to the extent required by law or regulation.
We do not sell client information to anyone or disclose client information to marketing companies.
We may disclose information regarding the type of legal services we have provided to you, your invoice balance, and your payment history as necessary to terminate our relationship or collect unpaid sums due to us.
How We Protect Your Information
We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you that we have collected to attorneys and staff members in our firm. All of our attorneys and employees are required to maintain the confidentiality of all nonpublic personal information about you. We maintain physical and procedural safeguards to protect the nonpublic personal information that we collect about you.
While the federal laws and regulations establish rules and disclosure requirements, they do not limit the attorney-client privilege or the confidentiality rules for information provided to attorneys. In circumstances where applicable federal laws may allow disclosure, we will continue to follow the stricter non-disclosure rules of attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality.
Please call if you have any questions, because your privacy, our professional ethics and the ability to provide you with quality legal services are very important to us.