Privacy Policy

1.          YOUR CONSENT

You should read these terms carefully. By using this blog (“Blog”) you are indicating you accept the terms outlined below, including the terms of our Privacy Policy (click). If you provide comments using our Blog, please do not send us personally identifiable information about you. If you have a legal question or seek legal advice, please do so by contacting our Firm or any blogger directly.


This blog is published by Shepard Davidson (the “blogger”), and the posts he authors reflect his personal views. Although the publisher is a partner of Burns & Levinson LLP (the “Firm”), his posts do not represent the views of Burns & Levinson, its clients, or its other attorneys, and are not sponsored or endorsed by Burns & Levinson, its clients, or its other attorneys.

This blog is intended for educational purposes only and no representation is made about the accuracy of the information contained in the blog. The blog posts may or may not be updated subsequent to the initial posting. This blog is not intended to provide specific legal advice in relation to any situation you or anyone else may have. The information contained in this blog is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created by reading the blog or submitting any information using this blog or website. Any information you choose to submit through this blog or website will not be treated as confidential or privileged and, by submitting the information, you consent to the use and public disclosure of the information by Burns & Levinson, its attorneys or the publisher.

This blog is not intended to be advertising, although it may constitute advertising in Massachusetts. Mr. Davidson is admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This blog is not intended to, and does not, constitute the solicitation of business or the practice of law by Mr. Davidson or Burns & Levinson in any jurisdiction where they are not permitted to practice

3.          PRIVACY

The Firm and this Blog respect the confidentiality and privacy rights of its readers and users. We encourage users to review, understand and comply with these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.


This Blog and all the information it contains, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, comments, photographs, illustrations, trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos (collectively, the “Content”), is the property of the Firm and/or the Blogger(s) and is protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by U.S. copyright law, trademark law, international conventions, and other intellectual property laws. Subject to your full compliance with these terms, the Firm authorizes you to view the Content, make a single copy of it, and share it or socialize it for educational, personal and/or non-commercial purposes, provided that you maintain all copyright, trademark and other intellectual property notices contained in such Content, and provided that the Content, or any part thereof, is not modified.


The Firm may, at its sole discretion and without notice, revise these Terms at any time by updating this Blog and such revisions will be effective upon posting to this page. Your use of the Blog following the posting of any revisions to these Terms will mean that you accept those changes.



This Privacy Policy is designed to assist you in understanding how the Blog might collect and use the personal information you provide to us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our Blog and our products and services.


What Information Do We Collect?

When you visit our Blog, you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis, and information about your use of the Blog collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our Blog.


Personal Information You Choose to Provide

Your browsing and navigation of this blog will not result in the collection of any personal information about you. However, if you subscribe to a feed of the Blog, post comments to the Blog or write to any of the bloggers or to the Firm, personal information about you included in such communications will be collected and retained by the blogger and/or the Firm. This information includes (if you provide it), your name, email address and any other information you choose to share in any communication through the Blog or directly with the bloggers.


How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?

Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of administering the Blog, communicating with you (if you initiate such communications), and deciding topics for future blogging and related publishing. Occasionally, we may also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our Blog, or to the law that we think you might be interested in. If you ever receive email or other communications from us and you do not wish to receive further communications, you may notify us at any time by opting out of such emails and/or by contacting us at:


How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

Some pages on this Blog may use “cookies”—small files that the site places on your hard drive for identification purposes. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID to track the pages visited, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. These files are used for site registration and customization the next time you visit us.

Some parts of the Blog may also use cookies to track user traffic patterns. We do this in order to determine the usefulness of our Blog to our users and to see how effective our navigational structure is in helping users reach that information. Please note that cookies cannot read data off of your hard drive. Your browser may allow you to be notified when you are receiving a cookie, giving you the choice to accept it or not. If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our Blog, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser. However, by not accepting cookies, some pages may not fully function and you may not be able to access certain information on this site.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

Except as described in this Policy, your personal information is never shared outside of the Firm unless you publicly post personal information to the public comments or response sections of our Blog. We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information with service providers and/or data analytics firms who may use the aggregated data for marketing and marketing research purposes. We reserve the right to disclose personally identifiable data about users if necessary to: (a) conform to the law or comply with legal process served on us; (b) protect and defend our rights and property, the Blog, and/or other users of the Blog; (c) act under circumstances to protect the safety of users of the Blog, ourselves, or third parties.


How Do We Protect Your Information?


Internet Security: How Do We Secure Information Transmissions?

E-mail is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private or confidential information to us by e-mail. We strive to ensure the security of our users and readers; however, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet.


How Can You Access and Correct Your Information?

You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our database by emailing us at


What About Other Web Sites and Blogs Linked to Our Blog?

We are not responsible for the practices employed by other web sites or blogs that are linked to or from our Blog, nor the information or content contained therein. Often links to other Blogs are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of our Blog. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Blog to another Blog, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other Blog or web site, including Blogs that have a link to or from or Blog, is subject to that Blog’s or web site’s own rules and policies. Please read over those rules and policies before proceeding.


Children’s Privacy

This Blog and its contents are directed to adults aged 18 and older. Children under 13 years of age are not the target audience of this Blog. To protect their privacy, we do not solicit any information from children and we do not knowingly accept or retain any personally identifiable data from children.


Last Update: March 27, 2012

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