Smith Law acknowledges the significance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal data. As lawyers, we have a professional obligation to maintain the confidentiality of all client-related information. We are committed to safeguarding all personal information in our possession. This Privacy Statement details how we manage and protect your personal information.
Personal information is any information that identifies you or could be used to determine your identity. We could not provide legal services without collecting and using your personal information.
We collect information solely through legal and ethical means, and never in an unreasonable manner. Whenever possible, we collect your personal information directly from you at the beginning of a retainer and throughout the duration of our service.
We may collect the following types of personal information: Contact information (such as name, address, email address, and telephone number); Proof of identity (such as a driver’s license number or social insurance number); and Financial information (such as bank account information, investment account information, salary information, and insurance coverage); and Demographic information (such as age, education and occupation).
We use your personal information to provide you with legal advice and services and to manage our client relationships (time and billing)
Smith Law does not share your personal information with other parties for the purpose of marketing their products and services. We do not, for instance, share our client email lists with other legal firms or organizations.
Under certain conditions, Smith Law may be required to reveal your personal information. These conditions may include:
- when we are required or authorized by law to do so, such as if a court issues a subpoena;
- when you have consented to the disclosure;
- when the legal services we are providing to you require us to give your information to third parties (such as a lender in a real estate mortgage transaction), your consent will be implied, unless you tell us otherwise;
- when it is necessary to establish or collect fees; if we engage a third party to provide administrative services to us; if we engage
Smit Law takes all commercially reasonable precautions to secure the personal information we gather from you from loss and unauthorized access. This protection applies to information kept in both digital and physical formats. Among the measures taken to safeguard your data are:
- premises security; restricted file access to personally identifiable information;
- technological measures to prevent unauthorized computer access
- corporate security procedures
We store your personal data for as long as needed to accomplish the purpose(s) for which it was obtained and to comply with applicable laws.
Our website contains connections to external websites that may not adhere to this privacy statement. Only information collected by our website is covered by this privacy statement. The privacy practices and policies of third parties are not our responsibility.
In order to optimize our web service, we may analyze traffic patterns, site usage, and associated site information on our website, similar to the majority of other commercial websites. We may share aggregated data with third parties, but these statistics will not contain any personally identifying information.