Use of this website is subject to the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, please do not access or use this website. These terms may be changed by Erica Toews Law Corporation at any time without notice. Your use of the website constitutes your agreement to be bound by these terms.
Not Legal Advice
The content of this website is not intended to provide or constitute legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should retain legal counsel to advise you.
Although Erica Toews Law Corporation has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the materials contained on this site are accurate, it does not warrant or guarantee: the accuracy, currency or completeness of the materials; that the site will be available without interruption, error or omission; that defects will be corrected; or that the website and the server(s) that make it available are free from viruses or harmful components. The website and the materials provided on the website are provided “as is” and “as available” without representations, warranties or conditions of any kind, either expressed or implied.
Confidentiality of Communications
Erica Toews Law Corporation does not guarantee the confidentiality of any communications sent by e-mail or through its website, or left in voicemail messages. Unsolicited information and material may not be treated as confidential and will not be protected by solicitor-client privilege.
No Lawyer-Client Relationship
Accessing or using this website does not create a lawyer-client relationship. Although the use of the web site may facilitate access to or communications with Erica Toews Law Corporation by e- mail or voicemail, receipt of any such communications or transmissions does not create a lawyer-client relationship.
Erica Toews Law Corporation is not liable for any damage arising from the misuse of any information provided on this website. The information provided on the website is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Doing so without seeking the advice of legal counsel constitutes a misuse of the information.
Copyright and Trade Marks
The copyright in this website and all materials contained in it is owned, or licensed by Erica Toews Law Corporation. The website, as a whole, or in part, may not be reproduced without the express prior written consent of Erica Toews Law Corporation. All other brand names, product names and trade marks are the property of their respective owners.
Internet Security Warning
Information sent over the internet may not be secure. Erica Toews Law Corporation cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information sent to us through this website or by email.
Links to Third Party Sites
This website has been designed to be a resource for information on matters that might be of interest to current or potential clients. As a result, there are links throughout the website to third party sites. These links are provided for convenience only, and do not mean that Erica Toews Law Corporation endorses or recommends the information contained in linked web sites, or guarantees its accuracy, timeliness or fitness for a particular purpose. Erica Toews Law Corporation takes no responsibility for the content or practices of third party sites.
Erica Toews Law Corporation is committed to maintaining the security, confidentiality and privacy of personal information. This policy addresses how Erica Toews Law Corporation collects, uses and discloses personal information. It does not apply to the collection, use or disclosure of publicly available information. The Personal Information Protection Act (“the Act”) regulates the way private sector organizations within British Columbia collect, use, keep, secure and disclose personal information. “Personal Information” means all information about an identifiable individual. Erica Toews Law Corporation is responsible for personal information under its control.
We collect, use and disclose personal information for purposes authorized or required by applicable privacy legislation or other law and for the following purposes:
To provide legal advice and perform legal services;
To establish and maintain client and supplier relationships;
To fulfill legal duties and avoid conflicts of interest;
To share information with third parties for the purpose of providing legal services;
To manage and develop our business and operations;
To issue invoices, process payments and collect debts; and
To comply with legal and regulatory requirements.
To the extent possible, we will obtain your consent to collect, use or disclose personal information except where we are authorized or required by law to do so without consent. Your consent can be express, implied or given through an authorized representative such as a lawyer, agent or broker.
Consent may be provided orally, in writing, electronically, through inaction (such as when you fail to notify us that you do not wish your personal information collected/used/disclosed for optional purposes following reasonable notice of same) or otherwise. By providing personal information to us, you agree that we may collect, use and disclose such personal information as set out in this policy and as otherwise permitted or required by law.
You may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions, provided that reasonable notice of withdrawal of consent is given to Erica Toews Law Corporation. On receipt of notice of withdrawal of consent, we will inform you of the likely consequences of the withdrawal of consent, which may include our inability to provide services for which that information is necessary.
Limits on Collection of Personal Information
We will not collect personal information indiscriminately and will limit collection of personal information to that which is reasonable and necessary to provide our services and which is reasonable and necessary for the purposes consented to by you. Erica Toews Law Corporation also collects personal information as authorized or required by law.
Limits for Using, Disclosing and Retaining Personal Information
We may store and process your personal information at our offices in British Columbia or elsewhere. Erica Toews Law Corporation does not sell or exchange for consideration any personal information it holds.
We will destroy, erase or make anonymous documents or other records containing personal information as soon as it is reasonable to assume that the original purpose is no longer being served by retention of the information and retention is no longer necessary for legal or business purposes.
We will take due care when destroying personal information so as to prevent unauthorized access to the information.
We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that personal information we collect, use or disclose is accurate and complete. In some cases, we rely on you to ensure that certain information, such as your address or telephone number, is current, complete and accurate.
Safeguarding Personal Information
We recognize our professional and legal obligations to protect the confidential information of our clients. We recognize as well our legal obligations to protect the personal information we have.
We have therefore made arrangements to secure against the unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, disposal or destruction of personal information. Please note that confidentiality and security are not assured when information is transmitted through e-mail or other electronic communication. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage as a result of a breach of security and/or confidentiality when you transmit information to us by e-mail or other electronic communication or when we transmit such information by such means at your request.
You have a right to access your personal information held by Erica Toews Law Corporation. Subject to the limitations set out below, upon written request and authentication of identity, we will provide you with your personal information under our control. We may charge a reasonable fee for providing information in response to an access request and will provide an estimate of any such fee upon receiving an access to information request. We may require a deposit for all or part of the fee. In some situations, we may not be able to provide access to certain personal information. This may be the case where, for example, disclosure would reveal personal information about another individual, the personal information is protected by solicitor/client privilege, the information was collected for the purposes of an investigation, disclosure of the information would reveal confidential commercial information that, if disclosed, could harm the competitive position of Erica Toews Law Corporation, or where we exercise our solicitor’s lien against materials in our files in respect of outstanding accounts. Erica Toews Law Corporation may also be prevented by law from providing access to certain personal information. Where an access request is refused, we will notify you in writing, document the reasons for refusal and outline further steps which are available to you.
We may review and change this policy from time to time.