top of page

Privacy Policy

Morshedi Legal Services (herein referred to as “the Firm”) recognizes the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal information.  As paralegals we have a professional obligation to keep confidential all information we receive within a paralegal-client relationship.  We are committed to protecting any personal information we hold.  This Privacy Policy outlines how we manage your personal information and safeguard your privacy.


Your Privacy Rights

From January 1, 2004, all businesses engaged in commercial activities must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, which it incorporates.  These obligations extend to lawyers and law firms.  The Act gives you rights concerning the privacy of your personal information.


The Firm is responsible for the personal information we collect and hold.  To ensure this accountability, we have developed this policy, and trained our support staff about our policies and practices.


Why Does the Firm Need Personal Information?

Personal information is any information that identifies you or by which your identity could be ascertained. Personal information is collected for the purposes of providing legal services to you.

How do we collect your Personal Information?

We collect information only by lawful and fair means, and not in an unreasonably intrusive way.  Wherever possible we collect your personal information directly from you, both at the start of a retainer and in the course of our representation.


Sometimes we may obtain information about you from other sources, for example:


your insurance company;

your real estate agent in a property transaction;

from a government agency or registry;

your employer, if we are acting for you, at its request;

your accountant.


In most cases, we shall ask you to specifically consent, if we collect, use, or disclose your personal information.  Normally, we ask for your consent in writing, but in some circumstances, we may accept your oral consent.  Sometimes, your consent may be implied through your conduct with us.


Use of your Personal Information

We use your personal information to provide legal advice and services to you and to administer our client time and billing databases.


The Firm does not disclose your personal information to any third party to enable them to market their products and services.  For example, we do not provide our client mailing lists to other law firms.


Disclosure of your Personal Information

Under certain circumstances, The Firm will disclose your personal information:


when we are required or authorized by law to do so, for example if a court issues a subpoena;

when you have consented to the disclosure;

when the legal services we are providing to you requires us give your information to third parties (for example a lender in a real estate mortgage transaction) your consent will be implied, unless you tell us otherwise;

where it is necessary to establish or collect fees;

if we engage a third party to provide administrative services to us (like computer back-up services or archival file storage) and the third party is bound by our privacy policy;

if we engage expert witnesses on your behalf;

if we retain other law firms at your request, and on your behalf;

if the information is Publicly Available Personal Information, as it is defined under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Updating your Personal Information

Since we use your personal information to provide legal services to you, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. If during the course of the retainer, any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.


Is my Personal Information Secure?

The Firm takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that your personal information is kept safe from loss, unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.


Access to your Personal Information

You may ask for access to any personal information we hold about you. Summary information is available on request.  More detailed requests which require archive or other retrieval costs may be subject to our normal professional and disbursement fees.


Correcting Errors

If the Firm holds information about you and you can establish that it is not accurate, complete and up-to-date, the Firm will take reasonable steps to correct it.


Can I be denied access to my Personal Information?

Your rights to access your personal information are not absolute.  We may deny access when:


it is required or authorized by law (for example, when a record containing personal information about you is protected by solicitor-client privilege);

to do so would reveal confidential commercial information, and the personal information cannot be severed from the record;

to do so could reasonably be expected to threaten the life or security of another individual,  and the personal information cannot be severed from the record; or

the information was generated in the course of a formal dispute resolution process.

If we deny your request for access to, or refuse a request to correct information, we will explain why.  The Firm does not use your Social Insurance Number as a way of identifying or organizing the information we hold upon you.


Can I request Anonymity?

Whenever it is legal and practicable, we may offer the opportunity to deal with general inquiries without providing your name (for example, by accessing general information on our website). The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act requires us to confirm the identity of all new clients.  It may also require us disclose information to FINTRAC in relation to certain large cash transactions.


Credit Bureaus

To help us make credit decisions about clients, prevent fraud, check the identity of new clients and prevent money-laundering, we may – with your consent – request information about you from the files of consumer reporting agencies.


Communicating with Us

You should be aware that e-mail is not a 100% secure medium, and you should be aware of this when contacting us to send personal or confidential information.


Changes to this Privacy Policy

Since the Firm regularly reviews all of its policies and procedures, we may change our Privacy Policy from time to time.


Requests for Access

If you have any questions, or wish to access your personal information, please contact us directly.


Employment Inquiries

If you apply to the Firm for a job, we need to consider your personal information, as part of our review process.  We normally retain information from candidates after a decision has been made, unless you ask us not to retain the information.  If we offer you a job, which you accept, the information will be retained in accordance with our privacy procedures for employee records.


Web Site

On our website, like most other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimise our web service.  We may provide aggregated information to third parties, but these statistics do not include any identifiable personal information.

bottom of page