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Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting this site.  We (Legal Direction) hope you find the content useful.  Here are the policies and terms of use that apply to the use of our website:

Privacy Policy

At Legal Direction, we understand how important your privacy is.  This Privacy Policy addresses the collection, use, access and security of information obtained through this website.  If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us through our website or write to us at:  Attn: Donna Ray Berkelhammer, Legal Direction, 4711 Hope Valley Road, Suite 4F No. 214, Durham, NC 27707.


Personal Information:  The only personal information we will collect from using the web site is personal information you choose to provide in using the Contact Us feature, registering for events or seminars, or subscribing to publications.  This information is used to respond to the request and to communicate with you.  To update, correct or remove your personal information, please contact us as noted above.


Non-Personal Information:  We are very interested in what information and articles are interesting to potential clients.  When you visit this website, we do monitor what pages you visit and how long you stay, what browser you use, where you are located, etc.  (i.e., analytics). These results are aggregated and reported to us without identifying any information that could identify any specific person.

Information Sharing.  We do not sell, license or otherwise disclose to third parties the personal information you provide through the website.  We may share your personal information in the following limited circumstances: 

  • You provide us with your consent to disclose the personal information.

  • We may retain service providers (like email services) to provide limited services on our behalf, who will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service and be required to keep the information confidential and to agree to not otherwise use it.

  • We may provide the personal information (i) to satisfy any applicable law, regulation or legal process, (ii) in response to a request from law enforcement authorities, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is warranted to prevent possible physical harm or financial loss, consistent with our legal ethical obligations.

  • In the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of Legal Direction or its assets, understanding that we will seek to require that the personal information you have provided through this website be used in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy.


Information Security:  We utilize security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of, the personal information you provide through the website.

Updates to this Privacy Notice.  We may update or change this Privacy Policy from time to time and without prior notice to you.  If we make any significant changes affecting your privacy, we will post a prominent notice on this website.


Updates to this Privacy Notice:  We may update or change this Privacy Policy from time to time and without prior notice to you.  If we make any significant changes affecting your privacy, we will post a prominent notice on this website.

Terms of Use

Please note that the following terms and conditions apply to the use of this website. 


No Attorney-Client Relationship Created by Use of this Website:  Please know that just consulting this website, reading the information here or on our links, or contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.  Legal Direction has a process for accepting new clients, including investigating potential conflicts of interest and having you sign an engagement letter that spells out both of our obligations.  For that reason, please do not use this website to provide confidential information about a legal matter to Legal Direction. 


No Legal Advice Intended:  This website includes information about legal issues and legal developments.  This information is just that -- information.  Web site articles and blogs are no substitute for a detailed and individual analysis of all the facts and circumstances of your specific situation.  For that reason, the content of this web site and our links are not intended, and should not be taken, as legal advice. You need to hire an attorney to get information and advice specific to your situation.


No Guarantee of Results:  Any case studies, representative matters or practice summaries of individual attorneys on this website may describe results obtained in matters handled for Legal Direction clients.  These descriptions are meant only to provide information about the activities and experience of our attorneys.   They are not intended as a guarantee that the same or similar results can be obtained in your matter; and you should not assume that a similar result can be obtained in a legal matter of interest to you.  The outcome of a particular matter can depend on a variety of factors—including the specific factual and legal circumstances, the ability of opposing counsel, and, often, unexpected developments beyond the control of any client or attorney.


IRS Circular 230 Notice:   In accordance with IRS requirements, this is to inform you that any information on this website that could be construed as U.S. tax advice is not written or intended to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed on this website.


Third Party Websites:  We have included links to interesting and helpful sites.  We cannot control the content or accuracy of these third-party sites, and assume no responsibility for the accuracy, or unfortunately, safety of these sites.


Authorized Practice of Law:  Legal Direction attorneys are licensed to practice law only in North Carolina. Whether we can engage in any activities in behalf of a client outside North Carolina is subject to state statutes, professional codes and court rules.  Legal Direction does not seek, and this website is not intended to solicit, legal employment outside North Carolina that would constitute the unauthorized practice of law.


Donna Ray Berkelhammer is the principal attorney of Legal Direction, and is responsible for the content of this site.  If you have any comments, please contact her at Legal Direction, 4711 Hope Valley Road, Suite 4F, No. 214, Durham, NC 27707.

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