General Statement about Privacy

(Version GA02a)

Federal Privacy Policy Not Required to be Sent. A Federal Court has ruled that the Federal privacy legislation does not apply to New York law firms. Nevertheless, we are publishing our privacy policy so that clients and potential clients may be fully informed of the law firm's commitment to the preservation of our clients' privacy. This Federal privacy legislation required law firms, like other professional organizations that advise on personal matters, to inform clients of the law firm's policies and practices regarding privacy and disclosure of nonpublic personal information about clients who obtain from the firm financial products or services primarily for personal, family or household purposes. In this regard, this firm does not sell products to its clients, but rather only provides legal services to its clients, some of which may involve providing legal services pertaining to a client's financial or tax matters.

Law Firm Does Not Reveal Client's Confidences and Secrets. Lawyers in the State of New York have been and continue to be bound by professional standards of confidentiality, which are more stringent than those required by the Federal privacy legislation.

The Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility, governing lawyers in the State of New York, provides that lawyers may not reveal a client's confidences and secrets relating to their representation of the client without the client's consent, or as required or permitted by law. We believe that nonpublic personal information is the client's confidence or secret that cannot be disclosed.

Nondisclosure of Nonpublic Personal Information

Source of Nonpublic Personal Information. In the course of providing our clients with the services we offer, we may receive, orally or in writing, nonpublic personal information from our clients, during transactions involving our clients, and about our clients from third parties.

Confidentiality of Nonpublic Personal Information. Current and former clients of our firm should know that all nonpublic personal information we receive from our clients, during transactions involving our clients, or about our clients from third parties, during the course of our representation, is held in confidence and will not be released to anyone outside the firm, except as authorized by the client or as required or permitted by law.

Retaining Records Containing Nonpublic Personal Information. We retain copies of records relating to professional services that we provide, including records pertaining to nonpublic personal information, so that we will be better able:

  1.  to assist clients with their professional needs,
  2.  to verify, or respond to questions about, the services that we performed for clients, and
  3. in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines.

Security of Records Containing Nonpublic Personal Information. In order to protect our clients' nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that meet or exceed generally accepted standards.

Scope of Policy. This policy applies to all current and former professional services provided by this firm.

Questions. If there are any questions about this privacy policy or about the confidentiality of any information that is received by our firm, the client should contact the attorney at the firm with whom the client usually works.

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