chain of causation

a series of events in the life of a lawyer


Although I personally am against the proliferation of disclaimers into the smallest corners of our everyday lives, there are those out there who cause trouble (ill-intentioned or not) unless explicitly stopped at the door with an article of pursuasion. As such here is the obligatory list of disclaimers that apply reading chain of causation:

  1. This website (chain of causation) is provided as a service to the general public and it is my sincere hope (but not promise) that readers benefit from what I do here.
  2. Although I may write about the legal profession and the law here, nothing on this website is intended to be construed to be legal advice. If you want legal advice, do not ask armchair commentators on the Internet – consult an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.
  3. Any opinions I may express here are mine and mine alone in my personal capacity and are not to be construed as those of others including but not limited to my employer(s), employee(s), associate(s), and/or client(s). If you want the opinion of others whom I do not speak for, it is best to ask them directly instead of putting words in their mouth based on what I write here.
  4. There are no guarantees as to whether the information posted here is correct, complete, or up-to-date. None. I will try to periodically update this website as information becomes available to me but consider yourself warned that if you really want to rely on information here, you should consult an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.
  5. Should you need to consult an attorney, don’t rely solely on their advertisements – ask for free information regarding their qualifications, experience, and cost. Choosing an attorney is something that requires adequate forethought. Do the research and make sure the attorney you select is the right match for you. Most attorneys will offer a limited free consultation if your problem lies within their practice area. Beyond that, most attorneys will expect to be compensated for their time by which point the attorney you have consulted with should have drawn up an agreement detailing the attorney’s and your expectations.
  6. Transmission of information through this website, e-mail, or other Internet communications is not intended to create nor does receipt constitute an attorney-client relationship. Any attorney-client relationship will only be formed through a client intake procedure where you sit down with me so that I can evaluate you, you can evaluate me, and the two of us come to an agreement as to representation and the expectations thereof. And of course, no attorney-client relationships under any circumstances will be formed in jurisdictions I am not licensed to practice in.
  7. Internet communications (email, IM, and the like) makes life convenient for you and me but without adequate encryption is insecure. Furthermore, if you send information regarding a matter in which I do not represent you, any information may not be treated as privileged or confidential. If you need to transmit sensitive and/or confidential information to me you must either properly encrypt the information with my GnuPG key before transmitting electronically or transmit in hard copy by hand delivery, the US Postal Service, or by commercial courier service.
  8. E-mail, unless accompanied by a GnuPG signature that is verified, is also not guaranteed to be transmitted without error. If you require verification of any message, please request a hard copy to be sent. Please also practice safe e-mail usage, check all e-mails and their attachments for viruses as I cannot guarantee that you will receive the same virus-free.
  9. I may link to other websites and linking does not imply that I am affiliated, associated with, or endorse with said websites. I also may use trade names, registered trademarks, logos, seals, and/or copyrighted symbols in the context of my writing – their usage here does not imply their owners have legally authorized my use. Any usage of the above protected items is limited to uses allowed under Fair Use and similar legal doctrines as allowed by law.
  10. Comments and other reader generated material belong to and are the sole responsibility of the person providing the material. I do reserve the right to moderate, filter, and/or remove reader generated material for any reason including compliance with applicable law.
  11. Because now I do work regarding taxes, my friends over at the Internal Revenue Service require me to give you a Circular 230 notice: Nothing on this blog is intended to be used nor can be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding Federal tax liability.
  12. Lastly, remember the Golden Rule (or its equivalent in your faith) – “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” If you do not make my life difficult, I will do my best to do the same to you.

Written by Vincent Kan

December 20, 2008 at 1:17 am

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