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Confidentiality Notice,
Privacy Policy & Disclaimer

The content of this Web site is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as solicitation of business or the offering of legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship. Internet subscribers and online readers should not send information until they speak with me and get authorization to send that information to me.

Clients should use caution when sending confidential information via e-mail. While e-mail programs do offer a measure of security, they are not fool-proof. Any client having any doubts or reservations about sending confidential or sensitive information via the Internet should first contact me to discuss the matter or send the information in another manner.

The Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 (the "Act") - also called the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act - requires financial institutions to provide notice of its privacy policies to any individual with whom they have a "customer relationship". The Act was Congress's response to the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, and was primarily aimed at financial institutions. By virtue of its broad language, however, the Act may also be applicable to attorneys who perform real estate, estate- and tax-planning services. The Act requires the disclosing entity to tell its customers how and to whom it shares nonpublic personal information. "Personal information" includes: information about you, about the matters upon which I am working for you and about your transactions or matters with third parties.

I present this information regardless of my obligation under the Act in order to affirm my commitment to you that your personal information, and anything you tell me in the context of my representation of you, is always held in strictest confidence and is not revealed to third parties without your prior knowledge and consent.

My policy flows from my duties under Connecticut's Rules of Professional Conduct, to which all Connecticut attorneys are subject. Rule 1.6 of the Rules states:

"(a) A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to representation of a client unless the client consents after consultation, except for disclosures that are impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation..."¹

Of course, unless in the context of the matters on which I am working, I do not identify the nature of work I perform for you, nor do I disclose your name or any personal information to third parties having no connection to your matter. I retain records relating to professional services that I provide so that I am better able to assist you with your professional needs and in, some cases, to comply with professional guidelines. I do not and will not sell or exchange my client list to marketers. That said, if at any time you have questions regarding the confidentiality of our communications or the information which you provide me, I invite you to contact me.

¹There are exceptions to this Rule that relate to an attorney's obligation to reveal facts (a) to prevent a client from committing an act likely to result in (i) death or serious bodily harm or (ii)substantial injury to the financial interest or property of another ; or (b) to establish a defense in a controversy between the lawyer and a client.

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