Privacy Policy

Policy Concerning Clients’ Personal Information

Bell & Shivas, P. C. is dedicated to maintaining high standards of confidentiality with respect to the information that has been provided to it. This Privacy Policy Statement has been prepared to affirm BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.’s commitment to maintaining the privacy of Clients and others and to inform you of BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.’s practices concerning the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information provided to BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.

For the purposes of this statement, “Client” means an individual or other legal person who has retained BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. to represent, assist or counsel in any legal matter and those who seek to become clients of BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.’s obligations also apply to all directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents who provide services to or on behalf of BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. in connection with its delivery of products and services.

What is Personal Information?

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. considers “Personal Information” to mean any information, recorded in any form, about an identified individual or a legal person or an individual or a legal person whose identity may be inferred or determined from such information, and can include name, title, business name, business address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address and credentials.

Why BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. Collects Personal Information

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. collects information provided in writing and via its website or verbally about Clients to meet New Jersey requirements and other regulatory and legal requirements. Information is used for: Communicating with and determining the needs of Clients and potential clients;

  • Providing services to Clients;
  • Managing its relationship with Clients and potential clients;
  • Meeting legal and regulatory requirements; and
  • Such other purposes consistent with the foregoing purposes.

How BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. Uses Personal Information

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. only collects, uses and discloses Personal Information for purposes that would be considered reasonable in the circumstances and only such information as is required for the purposes of providing services to or about its Clients and as stated above. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. will use only fair and lawful methods to collect Personal Information. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.’s use of Personal Information is limited to the purposes described in this Statement.

When BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. May Disclose Personal Information

As a general rule, all information concerning a Client is held in strict confidence and, except in limited circumstances including those outlined in this Privacy Statement, is not revealed to anyone unless expressly or implicitly authorized by the Client. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. does not lease the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of Clients to affiliated organizations, Preferred Suppliers and other reputable organizations other than in those cases referenced in the Privacy Policy.

Consent

Unless permitted by law, no Personal Information is collected, without first obtaining the consent of the individual concerned to the collection, use and dissemination of that information. If a Client consents, his/her personal information shall be used for the purposes indicated in this statement. If a Client does not consent, then his/her personal information shall be used by BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. for purposes of communicating with the Client only and shall not be provided to anyone else. If a Client wishes to withdraw his/her consent to have his/her BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. information disclosed the Client can do so by electronic means or should contact BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.

The Accuracy and Retention of Personal Information

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. endeavours to ensure that any Personal Information provided by its Clients and in its possession is as accurate, current and complete as necessary for the purposes for which BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. uses that information. If BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. becomes aware that Personal Information is inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date, BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. will request that the client revise or BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. shall at the request of the Client revise the Personal Information. Information about a former client may not be actively maintained and, for so long as it is held by BELL & SHIVAS, P. C., BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. cannot assure the accuracy of such information.

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. shall keep Personal Information only as long as it is required for the reasons it was collected. This period may extend beyond the end of a Client’s relationship with BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. but it will be only for so long as it is necessary for BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. to communicate with former Clients or to have sufficient information to respond to any issues that may arise at a later date.

When Personal Information is no longer required, BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. shall destroy, delete, erase information in a secure manner or convert it into an anonymous form. Currently, the principal place in which BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. holds Personal Information is the Township of Rockaway, New Jersey, USA.

Protection of Personal Information

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. endeavours to maintain appropriate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of Personal Information. This also applies to our disposal or destruction of Personal Information. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. further protects Personal Information by restricting access to it to those directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents that the Privacy Officer of BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. has determined need to know that information in order that BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. may provide its services. If any director, officer, employee, contractor or agent of BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. misuses Personal Information, this will be considered as a serious offence for which disciplinary action may be taken, up to and including termination of employment.

Access To Personal Information

BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. permits the reasonable right of access and review of Personal Information held by us about a Client at the Client’s request. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. will endeavor to provide the information in question within a reasonable time and no later than 30 days following the request. Where information will not or cannot be disclosed, the individual making the request will be provided with the reasons for non-disclosure. Further information concerning BELL & SHIVAS, P. C.’s access policy and procedures may be obtained by contacting our Privacy Officer. BELL & SHIVAS, P. C. will not charge a Client for verifying or correcting their Personal Information.

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