You are not required to provide Personal Information (PI) such as your name, address, email address, telephone number, or other general information used to identify you personally, to make general use of this Site. The Firm will only collect PI when it is provided to us in an email, on a registration form, in an online survey, or in other similar transmissions.
To help us monitor Site usage patterns and to help us improve this Site, we may use certain technologies, including cookies, to gather generic information ("GI") that does not reveal your identity, such as information about the Internet Protocol ("IP") address assigned to your computer, the number and frequency of visitors, and the Web pages visited. You can choose not to accept the cookie by adjusting your Internet browser settings but, if you choose to do so, certain parts of this Site may not function properly.
WHY WE COLLECTION INFORMATION
We collect GI and PI for the following purposes:
To provide legal services;
To provide our users and clients with ongoing client assistance and technical support;
To be able to contact our Site visitors and users with general or personalized service-related notices and promotional messages;
To create aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-personal Information, which we or our business partners may use to provide and improve our respective services;
To comply with any applicable laws and regulations.
USE OF INFORMATION
The Firm will use your PI you give to us to provide legal advice and services to you, including for billing purposes after a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Unless you specifically direct otherwise, the Firm may also use your PI to include you in any direct marketing activities by the Firm. If you inform us that you no longer wish to receive information about our services, or about new developments in the law, we will not send any further material.
The Firm will not disclose your PI to any third party to enable them to market their products and services. For example, we do not provide our client mailing lists to other law firms or to consultants we work with from time to time.
The Firm will also disclose your PI to other third parties if:
You consent to the disclosure of PI;
We believe we are compelled to do so for legal or regulatory purposes;
When we believe that the legal services we are providing require us to give your information to a third party;
Where it is necessary to establish or collect fees;
We engage a third party, expert witness, or other attorney or law firm to provide legal services on your behalf;
If the information is already publicly known.
The Firm may share GI we collect with our affiliates, contractors and other third parties.
Internet data transmission is not guaranteed to be secure nor is any security system completely secure. The Firm does not guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us or provide to us online.
THIRD PARTY LINKS
YOUR ACCESS TO PI
You may ask for a copy of and access to any PI we hold about you. Files are retained for the period required by law in North Carolina. Archival, retrieval and copying charges may apply. We reserve the right to deny access to your PI under certain circumstances if the granting of access to your PI constitutes: a violation or potential violation of applicable laws, rules, or regulations; an unreasonable impact or invasion of other people's privacy; a frivolous request. We will provide a written explanation of any refusal to provide you with access to your PI.