Padway and Padway
The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter.
This Web site constitutes a 'communication' as the Rules of Professional Conduct in that it is a message made by and on behalf of lawyers at Padway and Padway who are members of the State Bar of Wisconsin concerning the availability for professional employment of those members and their law firm. Additionally, pursuant to applicable Rules of Professional Conduct in other states, this Web site may constitute advertising. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experiences. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer's credentials and liability. Our discussion of prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
The transmission and receipt of information contained on this Web site, in whole or in part, or communication with Padway and Padway via the Internet or e-mail through this website does not constitute or create a lawyer-client relationship between us and any recipient. You should not send us any confidential information in response to this webpage. Such responses will not create a lawyer-client relationship, and whatever you disclose to us will not be privileged or confidential unless we have agreed to act as your legal counsel and you have executed a written engagement agreement with Padway and Padway. The material on this website may not reflect the most current legal developments. The content and interpretation of the law addressed herein is subject to revision. We disclaim all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all the contents of this site to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon this information without seeking professional legal counsel.
Padway & Padway, Ltd. is a Wisconsin limited liability entity operating throughout southeast Wisconsin and provides legal and other client services in accordance with the relevant laws of the jurisdictions in which Padway and Padway operates. Legal responsibility for the provision of services to clients is defined in engagement terms entered into between clients and the Padway and Padway and these should be relied upon in determining liability for the services provided.
Notice of Limited Liability Entity
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has adopted rules requiring all law firms organized as “limited liability entities” to provide their clients with a disclosure regarding their limited liability status. Padway and Padway is organized as a service corporation (S.C.), which is a form of limited liability entity under the Wisconsin Service Corporation law. In the event that malpractice would occur in the course of our representing you, you are protected by the firm’s malpractice insurance policy and the assets of the firm. In addition, any attorney who works on your case may be personally liable to you for his or her own acts of negligence in that representation as well as the negligence of any attorney or staff member working under the supervision of the retained attorney and working on your legal matter. However, because the firm is a limited liability entity, you would not be able to make a claim against the personal assets of other attorneys in the firm who were not involved in your case.
If you have any questions concerning service corporations, or limited liability entities in general, please feel free to discuss them with the attorneys involved in your case.
Notice of Binding Fee Arbitration
The parties to the fee agreement further agree to resolve any disputes regarding the legal fees charged through binding arbitration through either the Milwaukee Bar Association or the State Bar of Wisconsin or any arbitrator appointed by either entity to conduct the fee arbitration proceeding. Each party shall be responsible for one-half of the cost of the fee arbitration proceedings.
Client agrees to tell Lawyer the truth, to cooperate with Lawyer, to keep Lawyer informed of any developments that are relevant to the case, to faithfully comply with this Agreement, to pay Lawyer's fees on time, and to keep Lawyer timely advised of Client's address and telephone numbers and any changes of address or telephone number. In order for Lawyer to properly represent Client, Client agrees to keep Lawyer informed at all times of Client’s location if leaving town or will be unavailable and a method to contact Client, as well as providing Attorney information regarding all deadlines or other dates of which Client is aware. Failure to do so will result in Attorney not having the necessary information or knowledge to take appropriate action by these deadlines.
Using Email, Cell Phones and Electronic Fax Services
The use of e-mail, cell phones and electronic fax services provides for an efficient manner of communicating with our clients. While e-mail, like other forms of electronic communication such as cell phones, cordless phones, and fax transmission, can be intercepted, they are generally considered to be confidential without the use of encryption to communicate with Clients unless unusual circumstances require enhanced security measures.
Attorneys and staff will communicate with you by e-mail, cell phone and/or electronic fax unless you cross out this provision and initial it in the margin. We strongly recommend against using a work e-mail account as it may be subject to monitoring by an employer and therefore would not be considered to be confidential. We also strongly recommend that you not forward e-mails from us to you as this may also remove the confidentiality protections that exist for attorney-client communications.
We use Internet and cloud based services for storing information and files, sharing information with clients and experts and for ease of access. These internet based services may include, among others, tracking appointments and other calendar events, storing contact information, tracking time, storing files and documents, sharing files with you and other authorized persons or entities and file synchronization services to keep this information up to date.
Whether we store this information in our physical offices or with an internet/cloud based service, we have an obligation to protect confidential information. Specifically, Supreme Court Rule 20:1.6 Confidentiality requires that we not reveal information relating to our representation of you without your informed consent and we are therefore advising you of our intent to use these services in your representation. In addition to this Rule, there are a number of entities that have issued ethics opinions on the use of internet/cloud services by lawyers in representing their clients. These opinions state that using internet/cloud services by lawyers are acceptable so long as the firm takes reasonable steps to prevent the disclosure of confidential information. These steps include reviewing the various policies, procedures and security safeguards that an internet/cloud provider has in place. We follow the recommendations that have been made in one or more of these ethics opinion, but we would be remiss in not stating that no one can provide an absolute guarantee that a disclosure will not happen whether information is stored in our office or on the internet. What we can guarantee is that we will take all reasonable steps to insure that such a disclosure does not occur. We do this by conducting a thorough review of each and every internet/cloud provider that we use. Only after this review and the determination that a disclosure of confidential information is very unlikely are we satisfied that the service complies with our obligations to represent you. We understand though if you are not comfortable with our use of these services in representing you. If you prefer that we do not use these services in your representation, please cross out this provision and initial in the margin.
Records Retention and Destruction
We store your files in electronic format for ease of access. We will provide you with all original incoming documents after we have scanned them as well as copies of all documents we prepare on your behalf during the course of our representation of you. We will not provide documents we are allowed to exclude under the Rules of Professional Conduct. You should retain the documents we provide to you and maintain them as they will include the original documents that we receive from outside of our office. After we complete our representation we will keep your file in electronic format for six (6) years after that date of that file closing letter. You specifically agree to our secure destruction of these electronic files after six (6) years has passed unless you inform us in writing prior to the sixth (6th) year anniversary date to keep your file longer.
Padway and Padway owes strict duties of confidentiality to its clients. These obligations are set out in various legal, regulatory or other professional rules and are reflected in our terms of business and engagement documentation entered into with each client.
Before we accept a new matter, Padway and Padway will ask for information about the potential client and the nature of the proposed work for the purpose of conflict checking, credit checking, client identification procedures and other bona fide purposes. This information (which may include personal data) may be disclosed to any member or employee of the firm for such purposes.
The copyright in these pages (including without limitation all text, graphics and computer code relating thereto or associated therewith) and all other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein belongs to Padway & Padway, Ltd. and all rights are reserved.
Permission is given for the downloading and temporary storage of one or more of these pages for the sole purpose of viewing them on a stand-alone personal computer or monitor. Permanent copying or storage of any of these pages (or any part thereof) or the re-distribution thereof by any means is not permitted.
Your privacy is important to us. This notice explains our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is used at our Website (www.padwaylaw.net). We do not collect personally identifiable information about you - such as your name, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, etc. – unless you choose to fill out a 'Contact Us' form, found on many of the pages of the site or to email us directly. We do automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information when you visit our site – such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider (eg, America Online, Earthlink). We use non-personally identifiable information to analyze site usage (such as aggregated information on the pages visited by our users), which allows us to improve the design and content of our site.
In the ordinary course, we use personally identifiable information you provide solely to respond to your inquiry or process an application form you have completed on various sections of our Web site. Any data gathered will be shared, if appropriate, with any member or employee of Padway and Padway.
We will not contact you about other matters, unless you specifically request it, nor will we share, rent, or sell your personally identifiable information, except when required by law. However, it is possible, though unlikely, that we might be forced to disclose personally identifiable information in response to legal process or when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, for example, in response to a court order, subpoena or a law enforcement agency's request.
We cannot guarantee the privacy of personal information you transmit over the web or that may be collectable in transit by others, including contractors who provide services to us. Our site contains links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Visitors should consult the other sites' privacy notices as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.
We reserve the right to revise this policy or any part of it from time to time. Please review the policy periodically for changes.
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Padway & Padway, Ltd.
633 W. Wisconsin Ave. Ste 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53203