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Privacy Policy

1. Our Commitment to Privacy. This notice describes our Privacy Policy. Our privacy policy is designed to advise you about how we collect, use, and protect the personal information you provide, if any. By visiting this site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy

2. What Information is Collected. (a) Information You Provide to Us: We collect any information you enter on our site, or that you give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of our services and features. (b) Automatic Information: When you visit a website, you disclose certain information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and the time of your visit. This site, like many other sites, may record this basic information about visits to our site from time to time.  (c) “Cookies”: Cookies are pieces of information that are transferred to your computer from a web server. Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can change your settings to have your browser notify you when you receive a new cookie or to refuse to accept cookies.

3. How and When the Information is Used. The information we collect is used for administering our business activities. Occasionally we may use the information to notify you about changes to our website, new services, or announcements. If you provide your information regarding potential services, we may also contact you directly to discuss those potential services. Our firm’s policy is to check for potential conflicts of interest before receiving any information that may be considered confidential if reasonably possible. Because of our duties to our existing clients we reserve the right to share any information we receive from you unless and until we notify you that (1) we do not have any conflicts of interest, and (2) we are willing to receive confidential information from you. Thus, in filling out this page or otherwise initiating contact with our firm, please do not provide any information you do not want us to share with others.  Until we notify you that we have no conflicts of interest and that we are interested in communicating with you about undertaking your representation, please do not send any information other than: (1) the general nature of the matter about which you are contacting us (e.g., legal malpractice defense, State Bar defense, ethics or risk management consultation, etc.); (2) the identity of any other party who might join you as a client of the firm in this matter; and (3) the identity of all potential adverse parties and known key witnesses. Once again, please do not provide us with any information you want kept confidential unless and until we inform you that we have no conflicts and are willing to receive confidential information from you.  Furthermore, in order to establish an attorney-client relationship with our firm, we require a written retainer agreement that defines the scope of the representation and that is signed by both the client and an authorized attorney at Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation. Electronic signatures will not suffice to establish an attorney-client relationship unless we expressly consent to such arrangement. Our procedures are designed to protect the interests of our existing clients as well as the interests of potential new clients communicating with our firm.

4. How We Protect Your Information. The privacy and protection of your information is important to us. Except as otherwise provided herein, we do not make any personal information available to third parties without your permission.  Note that by submitting information to us on this website you are giving us permission to share such information with our staff, attorneys, insurers, CPA, investigators and clients and other third parties to the extent reasonably necessary to check for conflicts of interest, investigate your potential matter and prepare to conduct and/or conduct legal services reasonably necessary to handle your matter and/or potential matter.

5. Who Has Access to the Information. Information about our users is important to us. Except as otherwise provided herein, we will not disclose any individually identifiable information to any third party without first receiving that user’s permission unless otherwise required by law.

6. Methods We Use to Protect Your Information. We use security software to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, our business practices are reviewed periodically for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security and confidentiality of our information. Our business practices limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons.

7. Children and Minors. This website does not provide services or sell products to minors nor children under the age of 13.

8. How You Can Access Your Information. You can request access to personally identifiable information we collect, if any, by sending an e-mail to contact@smplawcorp.com.

9. Consent. By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.  Again, we may use and disclose certain personal information to third parties to check for conflicts of interest, investigate your matter and prepare to conduct legal services. Note this site contains links to other sites.  WE are not and cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or information provided by such other sites.

10. Changes to Privacy Policy. If our Privacy Policy or procedures change, we will immediately post those changes to our website. Any such changes will be effective immediately upon being posted, unless otherwise stated in the change.

11. Effective Date. This Privacy Policy is effective as of July 31, 2013.

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