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While we welcome inquiries about potential representation, please do not send any confidential information about any matter before we agree to represent you in that matter or we request information. Pursuant to Opinion 07-3, dated January 16, 2009, any information sent to us unilaterally may not be treated as confidential information and, depending on the circumstances, could be used against the person sending the information. Accordingly, before sending any confidential information to us, please contact us so that we may determine if we have any conflicts of interest and if we are otherwise able to represent you.
Because our firm is engaged in the practice of tax planning, estate planning, and real estate, a new Federal law (The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act) requires that we provide you, our client, a notice, at least annually, of our policies and practices with respect to: (i) disclosing nonpublic personal information to affiliates and non-affiliated third parties; (ii) disclosing nonpublic personal information of persons who have ceased to be our clients; and (iii) protecting the nonpublic personal information of our clients.
It is not our firm’s practice or policy to disclose any nonpublic information we may have gathered about our clients in performing professional tax planning and estate planning services. When requested by a client, we will, in the process of performing our professional services, communicate with other financial institutions with which the client has a relationship. These services may include, but not limited to, the transfer and retitling of various assets to best achieve the desired results for tax planning and estate planning.
Generally, in the event an individual or entity ceases to be our client, it is our practice and procedure to disclose nonpublic personal information only as specifically directed by our former client and as otherwise required or permitted in accordance with the Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.
All attorneys in our firm are bound by ethical rules, which prohibit the disclosure of client secrets and confidences except under certain limited circumstances and in accordance with the Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct. Our employees are similarly instructed to maintain our privacy policies and procedures.