Privacy Policy

AN IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING CLIENT PRIVACY

June 2001

Attorneys who provide legal services involving financial matters of clients are now required by federal law to inform their clients of their policies regarding the privacy of client information. The purpose of this notice is to explain what we will be doing with the financial information that you provide to us, and the ways that we will protect your privacy.

We strictly adhere to the duty of confidentiality required of all attorneys licensed to practice in North Carolina under Rule 1.6 of the Revised Rules of Professional Conduct of The North Carolina State Bar. These professional standards are even more stringent than those now required by federal law. Therefore, we have always protected your right to privacy and will continue to do so. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and related Federal Trade Commission regulations now require that we communicate with you in writing our policies and practices regarding the privacy of your information in our possession. We are pleased to provide a statement of our policies to you in compliance with the Act.

We collect nonpublic information about you that is provided to us by you or obtained by us in the course of providing you with legal services that you have requested.

We disclose nonpublic personal information about you only to individuals or entities necessary in order to provide you with the legal services that you have requested. For instance, employees of this firm may have access to your nonpublic personal information in order for us to efficiently provide you with the legal services you have requested. In some situations, we may provide information (with your authorization) to another organization (such as your accountant or financial advisor) in order to obtain information or assist in providing the legal services you have requested.

We do not disclose any nonpublic information about you to anyone, except as permitted by law, or except as is necessary in order to provide you with the legal services you have requested.

If for any reason you do not want us to provide nonpublic personal information about you to other parties in the course of providing you with the legal services you have requested, you may direct us not to make those disclosures.

We retain records and files relating to the professional services you have asked us to provide. In order to guard your nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with the rules of professional conduct which govern our profession. Please contact us if you have any questions about protecting your privacy.