Privacy Policy

ONLINE PRIVACY NOTICE:

[Effective: December 31, 2010]

Purpose of Privacy Notice

Hinch Newman LLP (the “Firm”) respects your concerns about privacy and takes them very seriously.  This Online Privacy Notice (the “Privacy Notice”) applies only to personal information collected on http://www.hinchnewman.com (the “Website”).  This notice describes the types of personal information we collect on this Website, how we may use that information and with whom we share it.  Our Online Privacy Policy also describes the measures we take to protect the security of the information.  We also tell you how you can reach us to answer any questions you may have about our online privacy practices.

This Privacy Notice governs your use of this Website and any content, products or services made available from or through this Website. The Website is made available by the Firm.  By visiting this Website and requesting information, products or services offered on or through this Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Notice, as they may be amended from time to time.  As the Firm updates or expands its Website, services or products, this Privacy Notice may change and the changes are effective upon posting.  Please check back frequently for updates as it is your sole responsibility to be aware of changes.  The Firm does not provide notice of changes in any manner other than by posting the changes at this Website.  The Firm is not responsible for the information collection or privacy practices of third-party websites or applications which the Firm does not own or control.  This Website is intended for users who are located in the United States of America.  The Privacy Notice shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States.

Collection of Information

If you email us via the Website, you may choose to provide personal information to us such as your name, e-mail address, or telephone number.  You may choose to provide additional information as well.  We use the information you provide to respond and communicate with you about your legal questions and comments.

We may collect certain information by automated means when you visit the Website, such as how many users visited the site and the pages accessed.  By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our Website to our visitors.  We collect this information through “cookies” and IP addresses.  Cookies are a feature in your browser software that, when enabled, place bits of text on your computer’s hard drive when you visit certain websites.  We may use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited the Website before and what content you may have viewed on past visits that may be of particular interest to you.  Your web-browser may tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies.

User Direct Information

Each time you provide or transmit information via the Website, the Firm may obtain and collect personal information about you, including, but not limited to, your name, e-mail address, mailing address, social security number, credit card information, bank account information and telephone or cell phone number (collectively referred to as “Personal Information”).  An additional method of collecting Personal Information may include when voluntarily subscribe to a Firm service or newsletter.

No Information Collected from Children

The Firm will never knowingly collect any Personal Information about children under the age of 13.  If the Firm  obtains actual knowledge that it has collected Personal Information about a child under the age of 13, that information will be immediately deleted from its database.  Because it does not collect such information, the Firm has no such information to use or to disclose to third parties.

Use of Personal Information

The following paragraphs describe how the Firm currently uses Personal Information, but the Firm may amend this paragraph from time to time.  The Firm may use Personal Information to provide newsletters and news alerts by means of e-mail advertising.  If e-mail recipients wish to end their e-mail subscription from a particular list, they need to follow the instructions at the end of each e-mail message or send an unsubscribe e-mail to [email protected].

Storage of Personal Information

The Firm stores the Personal Information in a database on its’ own computers.  All computers upon which your Personal Information is stored have security measures (such as a firewall and password protections) in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under the Firm’s control.  Despite the foregoing, the Firm cannot guarantee that its security measures will prevent its computers from being illegally accessed, and the Personal Information on them stolen or altered.

Other Use of Personal Information

The Form may use your Personal Information in the following ways: (1) If you contribute to a public area or feature of our Website, such as a chat room, bulletin board, list serve, blog, or other open forum that we may make available on or through our Website, the information that you submit will be made available to the general public and will not be considered “Personal Information” for purposes of this Privacy Notice.  For this reason, we recommend that you do not submit any sensitive information, including your full name, home address, phone number, other information that would enable other users to locate you or your financial information on these areas of the Website.  It might be wise to create a username that will not disclose your personal identity.

The Firm may use your Personal Information for any marketing and survey purpose on behalf of the Firm, to send information to you about services and news that may be of interest to you.  The Firm will not disclose your Personal Information to third party agents and independent contractors.

Service Providers

The Firm may use third parties to help operate our Website, deliver products and services, and the Firm may share your Personal Information with such third parties for our business (such as Website or database hosting companies, address list hosting companies, e-mail service providers, and other similar service providers that use such information on our behalf).  These parties do not have any right to use the Personal Information we provide to them beyond what is necessary for them to assist us.

Complying with Legal Process

The Firm will use or disclose your Personal Information in response to subpoenas, court orders, warrants, or legal process, or to otherwise establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims or in the event you violate or breach an agreement with the Firm.  The Firm reserves the right to disclose your Personal Information if we believe you will harm the property or rights of the Firm, its owners, or those of the Firm’s other customers. Lastly, the Firm reserves the right to use or disclose your Personal Information if we believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by law when responding to subpoenas, court orders and other legal processes.

Site Content is Not Legal Advice

No content posted on this Website is a substitute for the legal advice or opinion of a licensed attorney in your state.  This website is simply a starting resource for information on the topics contained herein and does not claim to provide any definitive answer and should not be relied upon for any purposes whatsoever.  Non-professionals should seek the assistance of a licensed attorney in their jurisdictions, and professionals should please consult the primary source materials such as statutes and case laws directly.

No Attorney Client Privileged Communications

Communications through this Website (a) does not create an attorney-client relationship; (b) are not solicitations; (c) does not convey or constitute legal advice; and (d) does not substitute as legal advice from a qualified attorney. All users must seek qualified professional counsel pertaining to user specific questions or issues. Any exchange of information via e-mail to an attorney of the Firm through this Website, does not create an attorney-client relationship.  Any contact through this website or via e-mail prior to the execution of a written retainer agreement with the Firm is not afforded any attorney client privilege.  No confidential or sensitive information should be sent through or posted on this Website.  This Website contains advertising for an attorney.  No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, please contact us at [email protected] or via telephone at (619) 233-5200.  You may also write to us at:  Hinch Newman LLP, 401 W. “A” St. #2330, San Diego, CA  92101 (USA)