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YOU ARE HEREBY ADVISED that submitting our “claim evaluation” form or any information through our website does not form an attorney client relationship.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT NOT TO RESPOND TO INQURIES.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this web site is not legal advice. Information provided by our website conveys general knowledge related to legal issues commonly encountered when dealing with the disability issues. The information in our website is not a substitute for competent legal counsel. The law changes, and thus, our website may not always reflect recent changes in the law. The use of the website and any information contained therein is subject to additional terms and conditions.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
The website (including underlying source HTML files that create the hypertext features of the websites) may be used solely under the following terms and conditions:
Thank you for visiting our website. The purpose of our website is to give the visitor a general understanding of the Social Security Administration’s policies and procedures as well as the regulations and laws involved with the Social Security Administration and the aspects involved in a disability insurance claim with a private disability carrier. Information obtained through our website is not to be construed or interpreted as legal advice. General information, statements, principles and conclusions presented on our website may not reflect specific regulations or determinations of local, state and federal jurisdictions and may not apply in a specific situation. Because the law is frequently revised and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and due to the varying interpretations of these local, state, and federal laws, users of our website are urged to consult professional legal counsel in his or her state regarding the applicability information obtained at our website to any specific problem. The determination of whether a user needs legal services and a user’s choice of a lawyer should not be based on websites or advertisements. Our website should never be used as a substitute for legal counsel in a specific case.
Development of Website
Development of this website for Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC was a cooperative effort between Pamela I. Atkins, Principal for Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC and James Publishing. For purposes of Georgia State Bar Rule 7.1(4), Pamela I. Atkins, Attorney-at-Law, Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC is the member of the bar responsible for the content of the website.
Contingent attorneys’ fees as used in the Website
“Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.”
No Fee unless you win or collect as used in the Website
“No fee unless you win or collect” refers only to fees charged by the attorney. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client. Contingent fees are not permitted in all types of cases.
Any information regarding our affiliated attorneys and sponsors in other states has been provided by the sponsors and may not have been verified by Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC. Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC does not warrant the validity of the information about other firms which may be linked to our site, nor does it guarantee the quality of the work product of any other law firm. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.
A description or indication of limitation of practice by a lawyer does not mean that any agency or board has certified such lawyer as a specialist or expert in any indicated field of law practice, nor does it mean that such lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered.
NO LEGAL ADVICE PROVIDED
Our website does not offer legal advice, recommendations, mediation or counseling under any circumstance. To obtain legal advice, you must enter into an attorney client relationship with our law firm by signing an attorney client contract for legal services following an initial consultation. Our website is designed to assist users in learning about our law firm and understanding the Social Security Administration and its functions and to assist users in understanding a few basic elements of a disability insurance claim. The user of our website assumes all responsibility for said user’s actions and the use of any information obtained on our website.
OWNERSHIP, LICENSE & RESTRICTIONS ON USE
As between our website and the user of our website: all right, title and interest (including all copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights) within our website belongs to our website. In addition, the names, images, pictures, logos and icons identifying Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC services are proprietary marks of Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC and/or its affiliates. Except as expressly provided below, nothing contained within our website shall be construed as conferring any license or right, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, under copyright or other intellectual property rights. The user of our website is hereby granted a nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited license to view and use information retrieved from our website provided solely for the user’s personal, informational, non-commercial purposes, and provided the user does not remove or obscure the copyright notice or other notices. Except as expressly provided above, no part of our website including but not limited to materials retrieved there from and the underlying code, may be reproduced, republished, copied, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means. In no event shall materials from our website be stored in any information storage and retrieval system without prior written permission from our owners. Use, duplication, or disclosure by or for the United States Government is subject to the restrictions set forth in DFARS 252.227-7013(c)1)(ii) and FAR 52.227-19. Materials available in the website are protected by copyright law. Copyright © 2011 Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC All rights reserved.
Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC does not review or warrant the contents of any links. Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC is not responsible for any material or information contained in the linked sites or provided by sponsors. Users of our website may provide links to our website provided the user does not remove or obscure, by framing or otherwise, the legal notices on our website or alter or obscure the content of the site. We request that any user who links to our site provides us with notice of such a link by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Upon request anyone linked to our site must discontinue the link if notified by Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC to do so.
OUR WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. ATKINS & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, LLC DISCLAIMS ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM, ARISING OUT OF OR ANY WAY RELATED TO (A) ANY ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS FROM THE WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TECHNICAL INACCURACIES AND TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, (B) ANY THIRD PARTY WEBSITES OR CONTENT THEREIN DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ACCESSED THROUGH LINKS IN OUR WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS THEREFROM, (C) THE UNAVAILABILITY OF OUR WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, (D) THE USER’S USE OF OUR WEBSITE, OR (E) THE USER’S USE OF ANY EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE IN CONNECTION WITH OUR WEBSITE.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
A COVERED PARTY (AS DEFINED BELOW) SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND LOST PROFITS OR SAVINGS) IN ANY WAY DUE TO, RESULTING FROM, OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH OUR WEBSITE INCLUDING ITS CONTENT, REGARDLESS OF ANY NEGLIGENCE OF ANY COVERED PARTY. “COVERED PARTY” MEANS ATKINS & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, LLC, ITS AFFILIATES, ITS LISTEES, AND ANY OFFICER, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE, SUBCONTRACTOR, AGENT, SUCCESSOR, OR ASSIGN OF ATKINS & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, LLC ITS AFFILIATES, AND ITS LISTEES.
GOVERNING LAWS IN CASE OF DISPUTE; JURISDICTION
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of GEORGIA, USA, as they apply to agreements made and solely performed therein. Disputes arising hereunder shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the United States of America and/or the state courts of GEORGIA and jurisdiction therefore shall rest solely in GEORGIA, USA.
CHANGES TO SITE AND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Our Website and these Terms and Conditions may be changed by us with or without notice. Please review this link on a regular basis for changes. Continued use of our website following any change constitutes a user’s acceptance of the change.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT; SEVERABILITY
These Terms and Conditions incorporate by reference any notices contained on our website and constitute the entire agreement with respect to user access to and use of our website. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining provisions and shall not affect their validity and enforceability. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE IF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, OR THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE IN FULL, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE YOUR USE OF our website.
GENERAL DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT
Special State Disclaimers Regarding Specialty Areas of Practice:
Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(e) (1997)
Alaska: The Alaska Bar Association does not accredit or endorse certifying organizations. Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(a)(2) (1998).
Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field.
Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask request free written information about a firm’s qualifications and experience. Florida Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 4-7.2(d) (1997).
Georgia: A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer does or does not practice in particular fields of law. A lawyer who is a specialist in a particular field of law by experience, specialized training or education, or is certified by a recognized and bona fide professional entity, may communicate such specialty or certification so long as the statement is not false or misleading. Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (2001)
Hawaii: There is no procedure for review or approval of specialist certification organizations in Hawaii.Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(c) (1997).
Illinois: The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and that the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(c)(2) (1997).
Iowa:The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa. Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. A description or indication of limitation of practice does not mean that any agency or board has certified such lawyer as a specialist or expert in an indicated field of law practice, nor does it mean that such lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa. See Iowa Code of Professional Responsibility DR 2-101(A), DR 2-101(C), DR 2-105(A)(3)(c) (1997).
Kentucky and Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.
Massachusetts: If a Massachusetts lawyer holds himself or herself out as “certified” in a particular service, field or area of law by a non-governmental body, the certifying organization is a private organization, whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. See Massachusetts Code of Professional Responsibility DR 2-105(B) (1997).
Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements. Free Background information is available upon request to a Mississippi attorney. The listing of any area of practice by a Mississippi attorney does not indicate any certification of expertise therein. See Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(d), Rule 7.4(a), Rule 7.6(a) (1997).
Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations. Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (1997).
Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 198 (1997).
New Jersey: Any certification as a specialist, or any certification in a field of practice, that does not state that such certification has been granted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or by an organization that has been approved by the American Bar Association, indicates that the certifying organization has not been approved, or has been denied approval, by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the American Bar Association. See New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(b) (1997).
New Mexico: Any certification by an organization other than the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization does not constitute recognition by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, unless the lawyer is also recognized by the board as a specialist in that area of law. See New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 16-704(D) (1997).
Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law. The court does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4 (1998).
Tennessee: Unless otherwise indicated, Tennessee attorneys are not certified as specialists by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization in the areas of practice listed on their profiles. See Tennessee Code of Professional Responsibility DR 2-101(C)(3) (1998).
Texas: Unless otherwise indicated, Texas attorneys are Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of practice listed on their profiles. See Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.04(b)(3) (1999).
Washington: The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties in the practice of law. Any certificate, award, or recognition by a group, organization or association used by a Washington attorney to describe his or her qualifications as a lawyer or qualifications in any subspecialty of law is not a requirement to practice law in the State of Washington. See Washington Rules of Professional Responsibility Rule 7.4(b) (1997).
Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys at Law Rule 7.4 (1997).
Required Disclaimer: Atkins & Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, LLC is not affiliated in any way with the Social Security Administration. The terms “Social Security Lawyer, Attorney, Advocate, Representative, etc.” as used in our website does not mean an attorney or lawyer that is affiliated with the Social Security Administration. The terms “Social Security,” “Social Security Disability,” “Social Security Administration,” “Supplemental Security Income,” and “Medicaid” do not convey that these items, as represented on our website are endorsed by the Social Security Administration.