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No Attorney Client Relationship Established
Although the Web site may provide information concerning potential legal issues, it is not a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel. You should not and are not authorized to rely on the Web site as a source of legal advice. Your use of the Web site does not create any attorney-client relationship between you and Gilchrist & Rutter Professional Corporation (“Gilchrist & Rutter”).

The Web site contains electronic contact information for many Gilchrist & Rutter attorneys. The mere act of contacting a Gilchrist & Rutter attorney electronically, however, does not create an attorney-client relationship.  If you wish to become a client of Gilchrist & Rutter, you must contact an appropriate Gilchrist & Rutter attorney, and explicitly negotiate a retention, which requires a signed retainer agreement and payment of a retainer. The Website is not an invitation to form an attorney-client relationship.
Unless you have an attorney-client relationship with Gilchrist & Rutter, we are not obliged to keep confidential information you may send us.  Under no circumstances, therefore, should you send confidential information to Gilchrist & Rutter unless you have been authorized to do so in writing by a Gilchrist & Rutter attorney or you have a pre-existing documented attorney-client relationship with Gilchrist & Rutter.

Website Conditions for Use
By accessing or using the Web site, you indicate that you have read and understand this Terms of Use Agreement (the "Agreement") and agree to be bound by it. You must accept the terms of the Agreement in order to use the Web site. If you do not understand or have questions about the Agreement, immediately stop all use of the Website and contact Rick Webster of this office. This Agreement may periodically change without notice, so you should check the Agreement before every attempt to use the Web site. When the Agreement is changed, the date of the latest revision will appear at the top of this page.

Conduct of Website Users
You agree that you will not use the Website for any illegal purpose. In addition, you agree that:

- you will not harvest, collect, or otherwise use contact information made available on the Website for the purpose of sending unsolicited improper communications, including without limitation, unsolicited bulk email (collectively, "spam") and that you will not use any Gilchrist & Rutter communications facility to deliver or attempt to deliver spam;
- you will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Website or the servers and network associated with the Website;
- you will not circumvent or attempt to circumvent any security or access control technology implemented on the Website, or the servers and network associated with the Website; "DoS") attacks against the Website.

Prohibition on Use of Web Site Materials
Reproduction, copying or redistribution of materials on the Gilchrist & Rutter web site for commercial purposes is prohibited without the express written permission of Gilchrist & Rutter. To obtain permission to copy portions of this site, please send email to Rick Webster ( and provide the following information in the body of the email:

- the Gilchrist & Rutter content you wish to use
- where and how it will be used (for example, a book cover, magazine article, a brochure)
- where and how copies will be distributed and to what audience
- how many copies will be produced and distributed
- when you intend to publish
- what other non-Gilchrist & Rutter materials will be associated with the Gilchrist & Rutter content
- your name, title, company, address, email address and phone number
We will evaluate your request and advise you as soon as possible. Gilchrist & Rutter reserves the right to refuse permission to copy, distribute, broadcast or publish any of its copyrighted material, including text and images on our Web site.

Use of Copyrighted Materials
Gilchrist & Rutter claims a copyright in its works presented at this Web site. Gilchrist & Rutter authorizes you to view, copy, download and print Gilchrist & Rutter documents on this Web site, subject to the following conditions:

- The documents may be used solely for personal, noncommercial and informational purposes.
- The documents may not be modified.
"©Copyright 2010 Gilchrist & Rutter. All rights reserved. Gilchrist & Rutter documents available from this Web site are protected by the copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. All use subject to Conditions of Use set forth on this site."

Limitation of Liability – No Warranties
Information provided on the Web site is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Gilchrist & Rutter periodically adds changes, improves or updates the information and documents on the Web site without notice. Gilchrist & Rutter assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of the Web site. Your use of the Website is at your own risk. Under no circumstances and under no legal theory shall Gilchrist & Rutter, its suppliers or any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering the Website's contents be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential or other damages of any character arising from your access to, or use of, the Web site.

Permitted Use of Service Marks
Gilchrist & Rutter service marks identify Gilchrist & Rutter products and services and let the public know the source of those products and services. You may make fair use of our service marks in advertising and promotional materials, and in referencing our products and services (for example, in a magazine article) without our permission, provided you follow standard trademark usage practices and provide proper attribution. Other uses require our written permission. If you are in doubt as to whether you need our permission for a specific type of use, please ask us.

You may not use Gilchrist & Rutter logos or "design" service marks (as opposed to our service marks consisting solely of words) under any circumstances without our prior written authorization.

In addition, you may not use Gilchrist & Rutter service marks, whether design or word marks, in the following ways:

- in a non-Gilchrist & Rutter service name or publication title;
- in, as, or as part of, your own service or trademarks;
- to identify products or services that are not Gilchrist & Rutter';
- in a manner likely to cause confusion;
- in a manner that implies inaccurately that we sponsor or endorse, or are otherwise connected with, your own activities, products and services;
- as hidden or embedded text in web pages in an effort to cause a search of Gilchrist &

Rutter marks to result in a hit on a page not maintained by Gilchrist & Rutter in a manner disparaging of Gilchrist & Rutter;

Choice of Law
This Agreement and your use of the Web site shall be governed by the laws of California, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions.

If any provision of this Agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, such provision shall be severed and all other provisions shall remain in force.

Third Party Website Links
If you use any links on the Website to websites not maintained by Gilchrist & Rutter, you will leave Gilchrist & Rutter website. The linked sites are not under the control of Gilchrist & Rutter and Gilchrist & Rutter is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained on a linked site. Gilchrist & Rutter provides these links to you only as a convenience and the inclusion of any link does not imply recommendation, approval or endorsement by Gilchrist & Rutter of the site.




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