Attorneys, like other professionals who advise on personal financial matters, are now required by federal law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information. Attorneys have been and continue to be bound by professional standards of confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by this new law. Therefore, we have always protected our client’s right to privacy.
In the course of providing our clients with legal advice, we sometimes receive significant personal financial information from our clients. If you are a client of the Law Offices Of Carolyn R. Brock, you should know that all information we receive from you is held in confidence, and is not released to people outside the firm, except as agreed to by you, or as required under applicable law. This applies even if you are no longer a client of our firm.
We retain records relating to professional services we provide so we are better able to assist you with your professional needs and, in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines. In order to guard your nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with our professional standards.
We obtain personal data about our clients from the information they submit to us over the course of their relationship with our office. In addition, we may from time to time receive information about our clients from other sources such as their accountant or tax preparer.
Personal information is information that is not otherwise available from public sources. The categories of personal information we collect include the following:
- Information we receive from clients such as name, address, social security number, names of former and current family members; data relating to heirs and assigns; data from various estate planning documents including Wills and Trusts; data on assets and income; and most any kind of financial information; and,
- Information about our clients transactions and credit history with us, such as their account balances, investments and current and prior tax information.
Generally, we will not disclose any personal information about our clients or former clients to anyone. This is consistent with the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Only with clients written authorization or pursuant to Court Order or Subpoena do we release information about our clients to others.
All information received by our firm is maintained with procedural safeguards that comply with the standards required by the California Rules of Professional Conduct.