As professionals engaged in the provision of legal services to clients, Anderson Legal Group, P.C., including its affiliated partnerships, (collectively, the Firm) is committed to protecting the privacy of confidential and “Personal Information” (information that directly or indirectly identifies individuals who may be clients, staff, agents, lawyers, law students, job applicants or others inside or outside the firm). It has always been and remains the policy of the Firm to comply with the rules of professional conduct, which impose a duty to preserve and protect confidential client information, upon lawyers and their associated personnel.
This Policy is also specifically addressed to parties outside the Firm who provide Personal Information to the Firm or who visit or use the Firm’s websites, our apps, our social media sites, our extranets, as well as email messages that are sent and received. This Statement also describes how the Firm collects, processes, and discloses Personal Information in connection with the provision of legal services and the Internet Services.
Collection and Use of Personal Information
We may use that Personal Information where in our legitimate interest to do so for the following purposes: to contact you and respond to your requests and inquiries, to personalize your visit and use of our internet services and to assist you while you use those services, to carry out, monitor and analyze our business or website operations, to conduct our recruiting and selection process to provide you with legal services, if you are or become a client of the Firm, and otherwise deal with you, and administer the matters you instruct us on, to contact you (unless you tell us that you prefer us not to) regarding legal or law Firm developments that may be of interest to you (if you do not want to receive publications or details of events or seminars that we consider may be of interest to you, you may do so by clicking on the unsubscribe link in electronic marketing communications), to enter into or carry out contracts of various kinds, to comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidance, or professional obligations that we may be subject to, including anti-money laundering requirements (where Personal Information is necessary for the Firm to carry out its anti-money laundering checks failure to provide such information may result in the Firm not being able to provide the representation).
Confidentiality, Security, and Retention of Personal Information
Consistent with our professional obligations, it has always been the policy of the Firm to exercise the utmost discretion regarding the information our clients entrust to us.
We maintain reasonable and appropriate, albeit not infallible, physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards intended to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information, including that provided by a visitor to this website and provided while using other internet services. We do not guarantee that our safeguards will always work.
We require consultants, suppliers, and vendors to maintain data protections consistent with reasonable and appropriate obligations of data processors, including, where applicable, data protection laws and regulations.
We may retain information provided by you, including Personal Information, for as long as necessary to comply with our legal obligations or to achieve the purposes for which the information was originally collected and for the purposes described in the Statement and in our applicable policies. If you wish to obtain more details on our information practices, please refer to the “Contact Us” section below.
Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Information
We do not disclose any Personal Information to unrelated parties outside of the Firm except in limited circumstances. Such circumstances include disclosures to our agents or data processors or other contractors acting on our behalf and at our direction, subject to appropriate confidentiality, privacy, and information security commitments provided by the receiving party, or where we believe it necessary to provide a service which you have requested, or as permitted or required by law, or as otherwise authorized or directed by you. Consistent with our professional obligations, we may provide Personal Information to regulatory authorities in accordance with applicable law or when we otherwise believe in good faith that the provision of such information is required or permitted by law, such as in connection with the investigation or assertion of our legal defenses or for our compliance matters.
We operate systems that may make data related to your matters accessible from our various offices and often transfer client data which may include Personal Information between our offices.
A cookie is a text file sent by a web server and placed on your computer by your web browser. Cookies can be usefully divided into two different types, session and persistent. Session cookies differ from persistent cookies primarily in that session cookies are temporary and expire and are normally deleted when you close your browser. Persistent cookies, in contrast, remain stored on your computer after you close your browser until they are deleted either because they expire or you delete them. The Firm uses session cookies in connection with its internet services, except for Internet Services that require you to log in, such as our client extranets, and a Region Code cookie that persists over time and ensures that you are directed to the correct version of our website.
Do Not Track Signals
“Do Not Track” signals are options available on your browser to tell operators of websites that you do not wish to have your online activity tracked. Our websites operate no differently if these “Do Not Track” signals are enabled or disabled.
Legal Advice and Confidential Information
The information contained on our websites is for informational purposes only. As such, no information herein is intended to be legal advice as to your specific issue. No communication between you and Anderson Legal Group, P.C., via this website should be interpreted as establishing an attorney/client relationship. Further, by using our applied e-mail interface you agree not to send any privileged or confidential information. Instead, confidential information about your question or problem may be communicated in person during our consultation or at a later time after an attorney/client relationship has been established.
Information About Fraudulent Emails and Phone Calls Referencing Anderson Legal Group, P.C.
The prominence of our Firm unfortunately sometimes attracts the attention of unscrupulous individuals who falsely claim to work for Anderson Legal Group, P.C. and/or use our Firm’s name to advance fraudulent schemes against innocent people.
Scams and other security risks are rampant on the internet, and we recommend you take steps to protect yourself and the security of your information. While we routinely report such abuses to law enforcement agencies, the nature and volume of these scams and frauds make it impossible for our Firm to prevent the misuse of Anderson Legal Group, P.C.’s name, and the names of our lawyers.
Anderson Legal Group, P.C. does not conduct Firm business via web-based email accounts such as gmail.com, hotmail.com, or yahoo.com, or personal email addresses, and we generally do not conduct Firm business by instant messaging. Neither Anderson Legal Group, P.C., nor its lawyers or employees can accept any responsibility for the criminal conduct of a third party claiming to use the Firm’s name. To safeguard yourself, you should only communicate using the contact information specified on our website, www.andersonlegalgroup.com. In other words, do not communicate via other email addresses, telephone numbers, or text messaging. If a sender is using a non-Anderson Legal Group, P.C., email address and/or justifies this on the basis that his or her Anderson Legal Group, P.C., account is not working, you should immediately contact the Firm’s Managing Attorney at 817-424-3405.
In addition to contacting our Managing Attorney (at 817-424-3405), if you receive a suspicious email referencing our Firm or appearing to be from our Firm (e.g. from a “spoofed” Anderson Legal Group, P.C. email address, which does not end in “@andersonlegalgroup.com”), we suggest the following: Do not open or click on any links contained in the email, Do not open or download any attachments to the email, Do not respond to the email in any way or provide any personal or confidential information in reply to the email, Do not send any money in response to the email, and considering deleting the message from your email account. If you have questions about the security of your computer or suspect the security of your computer has been compromised, we recommend you contact your IT support team, computer manufacturer or internet service provider.
Formation of Attorney/Client Relationship
In order to preserve and safeguard relationships with our current and former clients, Anderson Legal Group, P.C., must observe certain formalities before agreeing to represent anyone in a particular matter. Our duties to existing and former clients require us, before assuming any new matters, to determine whether or not we may represent or advise you in light of any actual or potential conflicts with our existing or former clients or duties that the Firm may owe. Until those prerequisites are completed, you should not consider any communication with us by letter, facsimile transmission, telephone, Internet, e-mail, or otherwise as privileged or confidential.
An attorney/client relationship is created only after: 1) the execution of a Contract for legal services by both Anderson Legal Group, P.C., and the Client; and 2) the payment of the retainer as specified in the Contract. Interactions that occur without these two events being completed do not create an attorney/client relationship. Finally, the scope of the legal work shall be defined and agreed upon by the parties as evidenced in the Contract.
Only those attorneys specifically listed on this website as “Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization” have this certification. The principal office of Anderson Legal Group, P.C., is 5209 Heritage Avenue, Suite 200, Colleyville, Texas, 76034 Phone: (817) 424-3405 Fax: 1 (866) 347-3944.
Protected Health Information
Sometimes, Anderson Legal Group, P.C., gathers, stores, and electronically transmits medical records (Protected Health Information – PHI) in the course of our representation of our clients, we are required to post a notice to clients that their protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure. (Texas Health and Safety Code, Sec. 181.154 – HB 300, effective September 1, 2012). Texas and Federal Law prohibits any electronic disclosure of a client’s protected health information to any person without a separate authorization from the client or the client’s legally authorized representative for each disclosure. This authorization for disclosure may be made in written or electronic form or in oral form if it is documented in writing by our law firm.
The authorization for electronic disclosure of protected health information described above is not required if the disclosure is made: to another covered entity, as that term is defined by Section 181.001, or to a covered entity, as that term is defined by Section 602.001, Insurance Code, for the purpose of: treatment; payment; health care operations; performing an insurance or health maintenance organization function described by Section 602.053, Insurance Code; or as otherwise authorized or required by state or federal law. In other words, no further release is necessary for electronic disclosure to other health care providers, insurance companies, governmental agencies, or lawyers representing adverse parties.
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