Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC provides legal services to a wide range of clients. In doing so, we are frequently required to obtain non-public, personal information about our employees and clients.
Personal information is any information that identifies you, or by which your identity could be deduced. In some cases, we may be required to obtain your personal information in order to best represent you.
We collect information only by lawful and fair means, and not in an unreasonably intrusive way. Wherever possible we collect your personal information directly from you, both at the start of a retainer and in the course of our representation. Sometimes we may obtain information about you from other sources, for example:
In some cases, we shall ask you to specifically consent, if we collect, use, or disclose your personal information. Normally, we ask for your consent in writing, but in some circumstances, we may accept your oral consent. Sometimes, your consent may be implied through your conduct with us.
We use your personal information to provide legal advice and servicesto you, to administer our client (time and billing databases) and to consummate your legal transactions. Sciocchetti Abbott Taber. PLLC does not disclose your personal information to any third party to enable them to market their products and services to you. For example, we do not provide our client mailing lists to other companies.
Under certain circumstances, Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC will disclose your personal information:
Since we use your personal information to provide legal services to you, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. If during the course of our representation of you, any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.
Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that your personal information is kept safe from loss, unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. Among the steps taken to protect your information are:
You may ask for access to any personal information we hold about you. Summary information is available on request. More detailed requests which require archive or other retrieval costs may be subject to our normal professional and disbursement fees.
If Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC holds information about you and you can establish that it is not accurate, complete and up-to-date, upon sufficient written notice, Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC will take reasonable steps to attempt correct it.
At Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC, files will be maintained for a minimum period of seven (7) years from the conclusion of the representation provided to you on that specific matter. However, it may be appropriate in some circumstances to maintain our client’s file for a longer period of time, in order to protect both the law firm’s and the client’s interests. Your files will not destroyed without the approval of the responsible attorney in the representation, or if that attorney is unavailable, an attorney designated by law firm management. For further details about our File Destruction Policy, please contact our Office Manager.
Your rights to access your personal information are not absolute. We may deny access when:
If we deny your request for access to, or refuse a request to correct information, we shall explain why. Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC does not use your Social Security Number as a way of identifying or organizing the information we hold upon you.
You should be aware that e-mail is not a one-hundred percent (100%) secure medium and you should be aware of this when contacting us to send personal or confidential information.
If you have any questions, or wish to access your personal information, please write to our Office Manager at Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC, 12 Century Hill Drive, Latham, NY, 12110.
If you apply to Sciocchetti Abbott Taber, PLLC for a job, we need to consider your personal information as part of our review process. We normally retain information from candidates after a decision has been made, unless you ask us not to retain the information. If we offer you a job, which you accept, the information will be retained in accordance with our privacy procedures for employee records.