Terms of Use & Disclaimer

The following are my Terms of Use & Disclaimer (the "Terms") applicable to your use of my site (the "Site" or "Website").

It's Information – Not Legal Advice

My Site is for informational purposes – i.e. to inform you about me and my practice areas.  It's not legal advice and you can't rely on it as such.  If you want legal advice, then, please Contact Me.

Clicking Through my Website Means That You Accept these Terms

Your clicking through to any page of my Website – beyond my Home Page – including links on any of those pages, signifies that you are agreeing to my Terms, as I may update them from time to time.  If you don't agree, then, don't click through my Site; otherwise, this will be evidence of your acceptance of these Terms.

No Warranties and Disclaimer of Any Liability

At any time that information is published on this Site, I believe it to be accurate – otherwise, I wouldn't publish it. 

But, I also want to be clear that you should do your own due diligence about the information on my Site – as any prudent person would – as mistakes do happen from time to time.

And, to be direct and clear, I do not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of my Website or its information, its continuous availability or that my Website (or the server that makes it available) is free from viruses or other harmful components.

In short, my Website is to be used on "as is" and "as available" basis – without any specific representations or warranties of any kind, either express or implied.

Finally, just to really nail this point home, you agree that I (or the host of this Website) will NOT be liable for any loss, costs or damages whatsoever (including damages for loss of profits, programs or data, interruption of business activities or any other financial or economic loss) whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, exemplary, consequential or otherwise arising out of any use or misuse of, or any defects, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in this Website regardless of whether you attempt to sue me or my host under contract or tort law (or via any other creative claim), even if I have (or my host has) been advised of the possibility of such damages or if such damages were reasonably foreseeable. 

Look, I know that this is a bunch of legalese but, unfortunately, it is necessary.

No Retainer or Client-Lawyer Relationship or Legal Advice

Your use of this Website in any manner does not create a legal retainer for my services or a client-lawyer (or any fiduciary) relationship. 

Similarly, you cannot rely on the information or material on this Website as legal advice or legal opinions of any kind. (Yes, I already made this point but, I want to be really clear about it.)

If you are considering any acts (or considering refraining from any acts) based on the content of this Website alone, then, you need to have your head examined!  But, just in case, if you take any action (or refrain from any action on the basis of this Website), you are doing so at entirely your own risk. 

Seriously, however, if you want legal advice on anything related to this Website, then, Contact Me (or another lawyer).

No Confidentiality

As you have probably heard, the lawyer-client confidentiality principle is one of the most respected principles in any democratic society which abides by the rule of law.

Unfortunately, if you contact me about any matter and I do not already represent you, then, that communication to me is NOT confidential. In fact, even if we end up exchanging messages after you contact me initially, and I do not represent you, then, none of those communications will be confidential either. 

So, please, do not send me anything that will embarrass you (or I) because I just may have to publish it on my GJA BLOG.

Copyright Notice – All Rights Reserved

This Website, except for any third party content, is my copyright, beginning from 2003: © George J. Atis 2003 - 2016.

And, I am reserving all rights in and to it. 

Look, if you want to use something on it or the materials referred to in it, just Contact Me.

Linking

You may only link to the Home Page of my Website.

Any other links to pages on my Site (or any framing of its content) is prohibited without my prior written consent. (Again, if you want to deep-link, just Contact Me. I'm a reasonable guy.)

By the way, I do not necessarily endorse the third party websites to which I have provided front-door links on this Site; I think they are all interesting (or else they would not be listed here) but, I cannot vouch (and nor do I) for their content. 

So, your access or use the websites reached via the links on this Site is at your own risk.

Privacy Statement

As a lawyer in the province of Ontario, I am committed to maintaining the privacy and accuracy of "Personal Information" ("PI") that may be provided to me in my practice, in accordance with applicable privacy legislation.  Therefore, this is my privacy statement as required by current privacy legislation.

If you become my client and you submit PI to me (which, by the way, I am assuming that you have the right to do – i.e. you have consent to do so), you agree that I may collect, use and disclose such personal information in accordance with or as permitted or required by the applicable law.

Of course, you may refuse or withdraw your consent by contacting me – as I am also the "Chief Privacy Officer" of my firm (see below).  If you do withdraw your consent, then, I may not be able to provide you with my services or the information which you may need.

If you have any questions or concerns about the PI you have submitted to me, then, please contact me by e-mail.

CASL

What can I say about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/anti.htm) that hasn't already been said about it and its unintended consequences?

Well, I can say this: In accordance with CASL, if you contact me through this Site (or even randomly), this means that you are giving me your implied consent to contact you by e-mail in response to your inquiry and generally thereafter.  If, at any point after we start an e-mail exchange, you do not want to receive any e-mails from me, then, just write to me and tell me that you would like to "unsubscribe" from any future e-mail exchanges. 

Ontario Law Applies

The laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein shall govern use of this Website and the interpretation, validity and effect of these Terms, notwithstanding any conflict of laws, provisions or your domicile, residence or physical location.

You consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ontario courts in any action or proceeding related to this Website and you agree not to commence any such action or proceeding except in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

George J. Atis
Lawyer - Counsellor - Advocate