The Firm adheres to the privacy and confidentiality obligations of the Virginia State Bar. The Firm respects the privacy of its supporters. The Firm will not disclose any information obtained from a client or prospective client unless authorized to do so or required by law.
The safety of children is very important to us. Our Sites are not intended for children younger than 13 and we do not intend to collect personally identifiable information from children. Children should always ask a parent for permission before sending personal information to anyone online. However, there are limited situations in which children may seek legal advice and provide information to the Firm in which identifiable information may be provided and not released to anyone, including a parent or legal guardian. These situations include, but are not limited to circumstances where a child is entitled to legal counsel independent of their parent or guardian such as emancipation proceedings or criminal proceedings against the child.
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION
The Firm may collect information regarding visitors to the Sites, including IP address, browser and domain information, and information volunteered by you, such as e-mail address, contact information (which may include phone numbers) and, for payment purposes, credit card information. We may also monitor and track information, such as visitor usage patterns using standard website tracking software. When you are on any of the Sites and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with the Firm alone, unless stated otherwise. The Firm may share your personal information with its service providers in order to process payment information or maintain its online presence.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The Firm collects personally identifiable information (which may include name, email address, physical address, and phone number) from visitors and other potential clients when they contact our office. Please note that our web server does not automatically recognize or collect personal information based on your e-mail address; the personal information we collect is always voluntarily submitted by you.
We may also use certain third party service providers to place advertisements to market the Firm on sites across the web. We place a cookie on your browser, and then a service such as Google reads these cookies and may serve an ad for the Firm on a 3rd party site. You may opt out of this ad service by visiting Google’s advertising policy page. If you are concerned about 3rd party cookies served by networks, you should also visit the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.
The Firm works diligently to ensure that our advertisements do not appear on extremist or fake news websites. However, due to the nature of digital advertising, this can occur without our knowledge. If you see our advertisement on such a website, please let us know by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may investigate.
USE OF INFORMATION
The Firm uses the personally identifiable information we collect about you to be able to send you communications such as our e-newsletter or other communications relevant to your legal inquiry or concern. We use the information we collect with respect to accessing and using the Sites to help administer and improve the Sites and for other internal purposes.
SHARING OF INFORMATION
Except as set forth in this Policy, the Firm will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information to third parties, except when we have your permission, under special circumstances where permitted by law, or when legally required.
Please note: We are aware of and sensitive to the issue of unsolicited e-mail (“spam”); therefore the Firm will never rent, trade or sell your e-mail address to a third party for directed marketing of commercial products. We may, from time to time, allow our service providers to draw conclusions regarding user behaviors from demographic and aggregated information.
PROTECTING PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
When you give the Firm personally identifiable information, we take steps to treat your information securely. The Firm uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving sensitive visitor data (e.g., financial information) within the Sites. All online payments are processed via third parties using secure servers. The Firm is PCI compliant and works only with vendors who are also PCI compliant for handling personally identifiable information and/or financial transactions. The Firm does not store your credit card information for future use unless expressly authorized by you. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information, the Firm cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we use commercially reasonable efforts to secure it on our systems, and to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that we have collected.
LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES
The Sites may provide links to several third party websites. While we make efforts to choose our links carefully, we cannot take responsibility for the content of linked websites, or for the privacy policies of websites we link to. Since we do not control those websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies on those websites prior to any use.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 and believe that he or she is using any of the Sites, please contact us at email@example.com Upon request, the parent or guardian of a child under 13 may review and request the deletion of such child’s personally identifiable information, as well as refuse to permit the further collection or use of such information. If we discover that a user is under the age of 13, we will delete their account and all personally identifiable information immediately. However, the provisions of this Paragraph will not apply if a child under the age of 13 contacts the Firm for the purpose of providing legal counsel or advice regarding a matter in which the child is entitled to legal counsel independent of a parent or guardian, such as emancipation proceedings, criminal proceedings against the child, and other similar matters. While the Firm may elect not to handle certain matters, the Firm is obligated to protect the privacy and confidentiality of all prospective clients. In such cases, the Firm may, in appropriate cases, refuse to grant a parent or guardian any review of any information submitted by a child.
PRIVACY RIGHTS FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNT HOLDERS
Our Sites are operated in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you should be aware that we will collect, process, and maintain your information in the United States. By using the Sites, accessing the Sites or providing any information to the Sites, you consent to the transfer of your information to the United States, which may not offer the same level of privacy protection that would be required by your home country, and to the processing and maintaining of that information as described in this Policy.
If we decide to change this Policy, we will post the revised Policy here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we may disclose it to anyone. Your continued use of any of the Sites indicates your consent to the Policy as posted from time to time.