Privacy Policy

Advocate Law Group P.C.

Website Privacy Policy
as of August 22, 2019

This Privacy Policy describes the personally identifiable information that Advocate Law Group P.C. (“Advocate,” “we,” “us”) collects through our websites located at https://Advocate.law and https://AdvocateLawGroup.com (each individually called a “Site”) and how we use that information. Please note that this Privacy Policy applies solely to our online information-gathering and dissemination practices in connection with a Site, and does not apply to any of our law practices conducted offline. We do not practice law, accept or initiate confidential attorney-client communications, provide legal advice or establish attorney-client relationships on or with a Site. If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or our practices regarding your personally identifiable information, please contact us at info@advocatelawgroup.com.

Information We Collect

Advocate collects two types of information about users of our Site:

  1. Personally identifiable information: In general, you do not have to provide us with your personally identifiable information to visit a Site. However, if you choose to contact us through a Site we may require you to provide personally identifiable information, such as your name, phone number and/or e-mail address. We use such personally identifiable information to respond to your inquiries and to e-mail or text you and/or to send information, newsletters or publications. You may also receive other e-mailings related to Advocate such as articles, updates, or bulletins that we think may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive mailings or texts from us, please refer to the paragraph below headed “Changing or Deleting Personal Information.” If you contact us by e-mail or text through a Site, we may keep a record of your contact information and correspondence, and we reserve the right to use your e-mail address and phone number, and any information that you provide to us in your message, to respond thereto. In addition, on rare occasions, we may send by e-mail or text important administrative information regarding a Site or services to users who have provided us with their e-mail or text-capable addresses; because this information may be important to your use of a Site, it may not be possible to “opt out” of receiving these e-mails or texts. Our Sites are not directed to minors under eighteen (18) years of age, and Advocate does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from such minors. If you are younger than 18, please do not provide any personally identifiable information while using a Site.
  2. Non-personally identifiable information: We may use cookies to collect non-personally identifiable information in connection with a Site. Our web pages may incorporate “pixel tags”, “web beacons”, or similar tracking technologies (collectively, “tags”) that allow us or our agents to track the actions of users of a Site as they move through its pages. Tags are used to collect non-personally identifiable information, such as the name of one’s internet service provider, the IP address of the computer accessing a Site, the type of browser and operating system that is being used, the date and time you access a Site, the website address, if any, from which you linked directly to a Site or to which you travel from a Site, and other similar traffic-related information. We may also aggregate your information with similar data collected from other users to help us improve our Site and the services that we provide through a Site. We do not use such data in any way to create or maintain a personal profile of you or collect personally identifiable information from you.

Use of Information

Generally, we do not and will not disclose personally identifiable information that we collect through your use of a Site to unaffiliated third parties although we may transfer such information to current and prospective law firm members of our Advocate Law Group Network when necessary or appropriate to determine if a matter is one we might jointly undertake. We reserve the right, however, to provide such information to our employees, contractors, agents, and designees to the extent necessary to enable them to perform certain Site-related services (e.g., web hosting, improve Site-related services and features, or maintenance services) on our behalf. We also reserve the right to disclose such information to any third party if we believe that doing so is warranted and appropriate, or if we are required to do so for any or all of the following reasons: (i) to comply with applicable laws; (ii) to comply with legal processes or governmental requests; (iii) to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of a Site or our network; and/or (iv) to protect the rights, property, or safety of Advocate and its affiliates, their members, and employees, the users of a Site, or the public.

Changing or Deleting Personal Information

If you would like to change your personal information, or if you no longer wish to receive materials from us or want your non-case related personal information removed from Advocate’s database, please contact us at info@advocatelawgroup.com. Alternatively, when you receive materials from us by e-mail or other communications, you can make use of the “unsubscribe” or “opt out” provision in such communications or notify us by mail at P.O. Box 835, Sausalito, CA 94966-0835 that you no longer wish to receive such materials from us.

Security

Advocate seeks to adopt commercially reasonable security measures consistent with legal industry practice to assist in protecting against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personally identifiable information which is under our control. Unfortunately, no security system, or system of transmitting data over the Internet, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result of the foregoing, while we undertake commercially reasonable efforts to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee the security of our servers, the means by which information is transmitted between your computer and Advocate’s servers, or any information provided to us or to any third party through or in connection with a Site. You provide all such information entirely at your own risk. As noted, Advocate does not practice law on or with a Site, and confidential client communications are not provided by or accessible on a Site.

Online Tracking

Advocate does not use a Site to engage in the collection of personally identifiable information about Site users’ online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services.

Revisions to Privacy Policy

The Internet and the benefits it offers are constantly evolving, as are the ways in which people use the Internet and the laws surrounding such use. Advocate therefore reserves the right to update and revise this Privacy Policy at any time. You can determine if this Privacy Policy has been revised since your last visit by referring to the title of this Privacy Policy on the first page which includes the effective date. Your use of our Site constitutes your acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy and of the Terms and Conditions as amended or revised by us. You should therefore review this Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions regularly to ensure that you are aware of their terms.

Business Transfers

Advocate reserves the right to transfer any and all information that we collect from users, or that we otherwise collect in connection with a Site, including, without limitation, to other current or prospective law firm members of our Advocate Law Group Network and in the event of a sale or transfer of assets or of any portion of our practice, to law firms or other appropriate affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Sites

Our Site contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our websites nor the information or content contained therein. Often links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of our websites. Please remember that when you use a link to go from one of our websites to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link on our website, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all the destination websites you visit.

Questions and Updates

If you have any questions or suggestions about our privacy practices, or you wish to update or correct any personally identifiable information that you have chosen to provide us via a Site, please feel free to contact us at info@advocatelawgroup.com.

GDPR Notices

Website not for Client Operations or Confidentiality

Our websites at https://Advocate.Law and https://AdvocateLawGroup.com are for informational purposes only and do not accept, acknowledge, or process attorney-client or confidential communications, transactions or data.  Please contact our attorneys or professional staff directly at info@advocatelawgroup.com for the conduct of any professional business or communications.

Our Commitments under EU GDRP

We maintain a robust security and privacy program that carefully considers data protection matters.  Our firm is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the State Bar of California, and our website is also subject to applicable regulations of the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other appropriate authorities. If applicable, we will comply with the General Data Protection Requirements (GDPR) for adequate protection in the transfer of personal information from the EU to a third country.  We are prepared to cooperate with European Union (EU) data protection authorities (DPAs) with regard to sensitive personal data transferred from the EU, if any.

Special Note to Users Outside of the United States

We represent clients nationally and internationally and transact business on behalf of clients operating throughout the world and our attorneys may travel outside the United States.. We have communications that cross borders.  However, our offices are located only in the United States, and our servers are located in the United States.  We do not transfer your personal data outside of the United States, except to members of the Advocate Law Group Network when necessary to provide or consider representation, or to you (if applicable) or with your authorization.

If you reside in the European Union, please be advised that your personal data, if any, will be processed outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).  We do not process, store or transfer data within the EEA.  We will take steps to the effect that your information is adequately protected and processed in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  Please contact us at info@advocatelawgroup.com if you want further information on the specific mechanisms used by us if transferring your personal data out of the EEA.