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The law differs in every jurisdiction, and you should not rely on any opinion except that of an attorney you have retained, who has a professional duty to advise you after being fully informed of all the pertinent facts, and who is licensed in the applicable state, and is familiar with the applicable law. Internet subscribers and online readers should seek professional counsel about their legal rights and remedies. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information found on this website. Any actions or decisions about your legal rights should be based on the particular facts and circumstances of your situation, and appropriate legal advice from an attorney. VL expressly disclaims all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based upon any information or other contents of this site.
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Confidentiality is Not Guaranteed
Any information sent to VL via Internet e-mail or through the website is not secure and is done on a non-confidential basis. VL respects the privacy of any person who contacts VL, and will make reasonable efforts to keep information confidentially internally, but because of the nature of Internet communications and the absence of an attorney/client relationship, VL cannot promise or guarantee confidentiality.
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The content provided on this site, such as documents, text, graphics, images, videos, or other materials, are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a physician for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition or for any questions you may have regarding a health concern. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen on this site. Links to other sites are provided for information only. Use of trade names is for identification only and does not constitute endorsement by VL.
VL is Not Responsible for Content
VL may periodically change, remove, or add to the material in this website without notice. This material may contain technical or typographical errors. VL does not guarantee its accuracy, completeness or suitability. VL assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the contents of this website. Your use of this website is at your own risk. Under no circumstances shall VL or any other party involved in the creation, production or delivery of this website be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind arising from your access to, or use of, this website.
IN NO EVENT SHALL VL BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RELATING TO THIS MATERIAL, FOR ANY USE OF THIS WEBSITE, OR FOR ANY OTHER LINKED WEBSITE.
Relationship Between VL
Insert attorney name here is licensed to practice law only within the state of Minnesota and is a solo practioner that refers certain types of cases to lawyers licensed or otherwise admitted to practice law throughout the United States. Attorneys and law firms referred to by VL are determined by VL, in the professional judgment of its principal, to be experienced in and qualified to handle the litigation matters for which they are associated.
Inquiries, Consultations and Fees for Services
Initial consultations on a particular matter are provided free of cost, and upon agreement with the potential client and in the sole discretion of VL, VL will enter into a contract for legal services with the potential client which describes in writing the fee charged for a particular engagement, as well as other terms of the representation, including disclosure that other attorneys or law firms may be associated to participate in and handle the representation. If known, the identity of any affiliated attorney or law firm that will have a role in the representation will be included in the contract. Otherwise, in the event that counsel is associated on a particular matter, the client will be informed and any consent required by applicable rules of professional conduct will be obtained.
All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that a client pays no fees or costs unless a recovery is obtained on the client’s behalf. Fees paid in the event of a recovery are a percentage of the total recovery, as agreed to with the client prior to undertaking the representation and as set forth in the contract for legal services, and are intended to be in accordance with standards in the legal services industry and, where applicable, state rules of professional responsibility. Costs incurred in the representation are deducted from the client’s portion of any recovery but are not required to be paid out of pocket by the client. If there is no recovery, the client will not be responsible for any cost incurred in the representation (unless expressly agreed to by the client prior to the cost being incurred). The use of other attorneys or law firms does not increase the fee, although other factors may increase the fee.
Inquiries made through this website are typically responded to by VL or its representatives. VL reserves the right to not respond to inquiries on this website and may, at its discretion, direct inquiries to other attorneys or law firms without an initial response. In such instances, VL makes no representation regarding the ability of the responding attorney to represent the potential client in accordance with applicable standards of care. VL may or may not decide to associate as counsel on such cases.
Telephone calls made or received by VL regarding an inquiry made through this website may be recorded for record-keeping, training and quality-assurance purposes.
State Laws Vary
The laws of each state are different. This website may contain information about general or common rules that apply in some states. This website may also contain information about verdicts or settlements in past cases. You cannot assume that the same rules apply, or that the same result would occur, in your state or any particular state or case. Every case is different, and past results are not predictive of future outcomes.
Statutes of limitations are especially important. Every state has laws called the “statute of limitations” which set a deadline to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit filed too late may be thrown out, regardless of the defendant’s fault or the severity of the injuries. Some states have a three-year period for negligence injury claims; the time period in other states may be longer or shorter. Because investigation and research is needed to identify all possible defendants and theories of recovery, if you have an accident or injury, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible.
Legal and Ethical Requirements
VL has tried to comply with all legal and ethical requirements in compiling this website. VL welcomes comments about its compliance with applicable rules and will update the site as warranted, upon learning of any new or different requirements. VL wants to represent clients based on their review of this website if it complies with all legal or ethical requirements.
To the extent that the professional responsibility rules of any jurisdiction require VL to designate a principal office or an attorney responsible for this website, insert name and address here
Honors, Accolades and Recognition
To the extent that any display of honors, accolades and recognition made on this website are considered attorney advertising, no aspect of such advertisement has been approved or sanctioned by the supreme courts or accrediting organizations of any state. The inclusion of an honor, accolade or recognition is not intended to compare the services of any attorney with any other attorney or law firm, nor is it intended to create an expectation of results that can be obtained in a particular matter. Any honor, accolade or recognition that uses the term “super,” “best,” “superior,” “leading,” “top-rated,” or the like, only means that the attorney has been included in a list containing that term. It is not intended to convey any superlative ability of the attorney recognized.
The websites of the organizations conferring the honor, accolade or recognition may be linked to from the badge or logo displayed on this website, and you are encouraged to visit those websites to learn more about the process by which the attorney was selected. Where the logo of a publication is listed as featuring VL or an attorney, you are encouraged to perform an author search or other type of search on that website for the information communicated by or about VL or the attorney on that website. Alternatively, information about honors, accolades and recognition can be provided upon request.
State Legal Advertising Disclosures
Because some material on this website may be found to constitute attorney advertising, and because this website may be viewed from anywhere in the United States, particular disclosures may be required by the rules of some states. To the extent applicable, VL adopt and make the following disclosures:
Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Arizona: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. No representation is made promising or guaranteeing a particular outcome or result. Any attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.
Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field.
Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask VL to send you free written information about qualifications and experience.
Iowa: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Kentucky and Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements.
Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.
Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.
New Jersey: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT — NOT A REFERRAL SERVICE. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.
New Mexico: LAWYER ADVERTISEMENT.
Tennessee: The attorney in VL is not certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.
Texas: Unless otherwise stated, the attorney in VL claiming certification in an area of law is not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.
Except on pages containing information about a particular attorney or as otherwise noted, individuals depicted in photographs on this website are not affiliated with VL in any capacity, and their depiction is not intended in any way to create an expectation of results that might be obtained in a particular case. Such individuals are actors, and they are depicted in stock photographs that have been properly licensed by VL. Users are prohibited from downloading photographs on this website for any reason other than for personal use, including but not limited to retransmitting, reproducing or otherwise engaging in unauthorized use of the photographs.
Website Comment Policy
While not all pages or posts on this website will be open to comments, comments are otherwise welcomed and encouraged. However, comments containing the following may be edited or deleted, at the sole discretion of VL: Spam or questionable spam; profane, derogatory or defamatory language; offensive language or concepts; attacks either on a person individually or VL. Users submitting comments that violate this comment policy may be banned from further commenting on this website.
Whether a page or post is open to comments is in the sole discretion of VL. VL reserves the right, without notice, to pre-approve, edit or delete any comments for any reason.
A posted comment should not be deemed to have been approved or endorsed by VL, and VL take no responsibility for the content of a posted comment. If you believe a posted comment is defamatory to you or others, constitutes speech not protected under law, or is in violation of this comment policy, you are encouraged to contact VL in the manner provided for on this page to express your concern.
This comment policy is subject to change at any time, with or without notice to the users of the website. Jurisdiction and Governing Laws in Case of Dispute
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As with most websites, if you visit this website to browse, read, or download information:
Your web browser automatically sends VL (and VL may retain) information such as the:
Internet domain through which you access the Internet (e.g., yourServiceProvider.com if you use a commercial Internet service provider, or yourSchool.edu if you use an Internet account from your school);
Internet Protocol address of the computer you are using;
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Date and time you access this site; and
The Internet address of the site from which you linked directly to this site.
VL may use this information as aggregate data to help it maintain this site, e.g., to determine the number of visitors to different sections of this site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help make the site more accessible and useful.
VL will not use this information to identify individuals, except for site security or law enforcement purposes.
VL will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit this site, unless you choose to provide such information.
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If you choose to identify yourself (or otherwise provide us with personal information) when you use the online forms:
If you request information, services, or assistance, VL may disclose your personal information to those third parties that (in VL’s best judgment) are appropriate in order to fulfill your request. If, when you provide VL with such information, you specify that you do not want VL to disclose the information to third parties, VL will honor your request. Note, however, that if you do not provide such information, it may be impossible for VL to refer, respond to or fulfill your request.
If your communication relates to a law enforcement matter, VL may disclose the information to law enforcement agencies that VL deems appropriate.
How Long VL Keeps Information
VL may keep information that is collected for an unlimited period of time.
Please note that electronic communication, particularly email, is not necessarily secure against interception. Please do not send sensitive data (e.g., Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers) by email or web form.
Other Privacy Matters
Information From Children: VL does not direct its websites to children under thirteen (13) years of age. Individuals under eighteen (18) should consult with their parent or guardian about the use of this website.
Monitoring, Enforcement, and Legal Requests: VL is not obligated to monitor this website or its use, or to retain the content of any user session. However, VL reserves the right at all times to monitor, review, retain, and/or disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request, or to cooperate with law enforcement and other authorities in investigating a claim of illegal activity. VL may use IP addresses to identify a user when it feels it is necessary to protect service, website, clients, potential clients, or others.
Transmission Errors or Unauthorized Acts: No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. While VL strives to protect your personal information, VL cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to it or any information provided online, and you do so at your own risk. VL will not be liable for disclosures of your personal information due to errors in transmission or unauthorized acts of third parties. Once VL receives your transmission, it will do its best to ensure its security on systems by making reasonable efforts to protect the information.
Security: Any information provided to VL is treated with care and discretion. VL will take a proactive approach to ensure the information is kept private and is not misused.
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