About

Rick Rutledge is a general practice attorney in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

His office is located in Winston Tower
301 North Main Street, Suite 2402
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101-3835

He can be reached by phone at (336) 283-0284,
or via e-mail at Rick@RickRutledgeLaw.com.

Privacy Policy


Who we are

Our website address is:  http://rickrutledgelaw.com/lawblog.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.  An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it.  The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:  https://automattic.com/privacy/.  If you use the service, after approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website (such as an avatar image for your user account), you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included.  Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact Forms

Information you provide when you fill out the Contact form is transmitted to the Firm primarily via insecure Internet mail protocols, or similar simple file transfer protocols.  This information is not stored on the site, but may be stored by your browser, depending upon how you have configured it.  Because this information is not transmitted securely, you should limit the information you provide to basic contact information necessary and sufficient to reach out to you and respond, and very broad, non-confidential information that may help to determine whether your legal matter is one for which the Firm may be able to provide you meaningful assistance.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies.  These are for your convenience, so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment.  These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies.  This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.  When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices.  Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year.  If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks.  If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles, etc.).  Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.  These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We may collect anonymous data about your interaction with the website and/or blog for the purposes of traffic pattern analysis, primarily to understand what information on the website and/or blog is most interesting to visitors or those searching for legal advice or assistance.  These analytics may be processed and provided by third parties, in addition to internal review.  At this time, we routinely use Google Analytics for basic site utilization measurements.  For more information on what data is or may be collected, and how it’s processed, visit google.com/analytics.

Who We Share Your Data With

We never share your personal, or personally-identifiable data with anyone, except at your request, or as necessary to further your legal purposes if you engage the Firm.  All personal, or personally-identifiable data transmitted to and received by the firm on our internal servers, or servers hosted by others for us, is treated as subject to attorney-client privilege, to the extent provided by federal or North Carolina law, and by the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.

How Long We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.  This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile.  All users can see, edit, or delete their own personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username, except by deleting their user account and creating a new one).  Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Information you expressly transmit to the Firm through contact forms or otherwise, may be kept indefinitely for reference and legal purposes.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.  The spam detection service may aggregate account or response pattern information for the purpose of improving accuracy and developing more complex algorithms and heuristics.  The Firm does not copy or otherwise store user comments, other than for the purpose of displaying them on the blog.  If you wish to obtain more information about what information, if any, is collected by the spam detection service, visit Akisment.com.

Our Contact Information

You can contact the Firm at:

The Law Office of Richard J. Rutledge, Jr., PLLC
301 N. Main St., Ste. 2402
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-3835
(336) 283-0284
Info@RickRutledgeLaw.com

Additional information

How We Protect Your Data

Information you provide that is stored on the blog server is protected only by the password security you create.

Information you provide that may be transmitted to the Firm’s internal systems is protected, once received, by strong passwords at both the operating system and application (case management system, mail client, etc.) level.  Those passwords are changed regularly.  Where necessary and appropriate, data is encrypted.

No client credit card information is retained or stored on our servers or in our office unless specifically requested by a client to facilitate recurring billing.  In those cases, credit card information is only stored in systems that employ strong passwords and support appropriate encryption.

What Third Parties We Receive Data From

The Firm occasionally receives referral information from referral providers, colleagues, or marketing services.  The security of that data is the same as that applied to any client information, meaning that it is kept in the strictest confidence, and no electronic client data is accessible within the office without at least one layer of password protection.  If you communicate a particular level of protection or confidentiality that you require to the party who provides the information to use, and if that party communicates those requirements to us, we will strive to the extent that our systems are capable to honor those requirements or, if necessary and appropriate, refuse to accept that data.

What Automated Decision-Making and/or Profiling We Do with User Data

At this time, the only data collected by the site is data you voluntarily provide for 1) the purpose of creating a user account that will allow you to comment on post, or 2) data you provide in contact forms to request information or contact from the Firm.

Information collected for creating user accounts is stored on the server only, and is used only to authenticate your humanity (that you’re not a bot), and is controlled primarily by the strength of the password you choose when you create the login.  This information is not downloaded, and is not used for any other purpose.

Information you provide when you fill out the Contact form is transmitted to the Firm primarily via insecure Internet mail protocols, or similar simple file transfer protocols.  This information is not stored on the site, but may be stored by your browser, depending upon how you have configured it.  Because this information is not transmitted securely, you should limit the information you provide to basic contact information necessary and sufficient to reach out to you and respond, and very broad, non-confidential information that may help to determine whether your legal matter is one for which the Firm may be able to provide you meaningful assistance.

Industry Regulatory Disclosure Requirements

In some states, the content of an attorney’s website it considered a legal advertisement.  To the extent that this site solicits or encourages you to make contact with The Law Office of Richard J. Rutledge, Jr., PLLC, or to the extent that it promotes the products and services offered and provided by The Law Office of Richard J. Rutledge, Jr., PLLC, you are hereby advised that nothing on this web site is intended to provide, nor should it be interpreted as providing, legal advice. Every legal question turns on the facts of the individual situation, and any examples, illustrations, or cases presented here are presented as illustrations only.

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