Paul E. Wojcicki, a senior shareholder of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. (www.smsm.com), a law firm, operates this blog. Here are some things you should know about it.

By accessing the blog, you agree to these terms and conditions:

We Are Not Giving Legal Advice to the Blog’s Readers or Creating an Attorney-Client Relationship

Here’s the legalese version:  Information presented on this blog is not legal advice, and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel. You should not and are not authorized to rely on this blog or anything presented on the blog as a source of legal advice. Your use of this blog does not create any attorney-client relationship between you and Paul E. Wojcicki or Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

Here’s the plain English version:  My firm and I are not giving you legal advice or agreeing to help you with a legal problem when you read this blog. Realistically speaking, how can we? We don’t know anything about you or your problems or concerns and you don’t know all that much about us either. All that we are really doing is sharing information and sharing my thoughts and views (and our guest blogger’s views) about issues and topics that are of interest to me. If you would like legal advice from us, the first thing you need to do is to contact me or another Segal McCambridge lawyer directly ((312) 645-7800). This way we can figure out together if our firm is the right firm to represent or counsel you based on your legal needs and questions.


The legalese:  Paul E. Wojcicki and Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. claims a copyright in the works presented on this blog. You are only authorized to view, copy, download and print documents on this blog subject to the following conditions:

  • Reproduction, copying or redistribution of materials on this blog is prohibited without the express written permission of Paul E. Wojcicki and Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
  • You may use material from this blog solely for personal, noncommercial and informational purposes.
  • You may not modify the materials you use in any way.
  • The following copyright notice and permission notice must appear in each document used: “© Copyright [year] Paul E. Wojcicki/Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. All rights reserved.”

Plain English:  We and our guest bloggers worked hard on our posts. If you like any of them and want to share them, go ahead, but don’t make money off our work and don’t simply copy what we’ve written and pass it off as your work. Instead, share our posts just as we’ve written them. And let whoever you’re sharing it with know who wrote it by inserting “© Copyright [year] Paul E. Wojcicki/Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. All rights reserved.”

No Warranty/Limitation of Liability

Legalese:  Information provided on this blog 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 noninfringement. Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. may change the information and documents on this blog at any time, without notice, and assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this blog. Your use of this blog is at your own risk. Neither Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., nor any other party involved in creating or presenting the contents of this blog may be liable for damages of any kind resulting from the accessing or use of this blog.

Plain English:  We do our best to get it right when we post information on this blog, but we all make mistakes from time to time. So we make no promise that the post you’re reading is 100% correct and accurate. If we find an error, or one is pointed out to us, we’ll fix it. And if we learn new information, we will likely update a post to make it as up-to-date and accurate as possible. So don’t blindly rely on the information we share on this site. Check it out and verify what we’ve said before acting on it. Because if there is a mistake or inaccuracy, we will not be compensating you if you relied on it and were somehow harmed by doing so.

Links to Third Party Sites

Legalese:  This site may include links to other web sites.  Paul E. Wojcicki and Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. do not endorse or approve the content of any linked site, and are not responsible for any damages that may result from accessing or using a linked site.

Plain English:  When we a link to another blog or website, we are not vouching for what it says. If we learn that it’s content is inaccurate or incorrect we will delete the link. Please let us know If you discover a problem with a link. We will be grateful if you do so. We also encourage you to let whoever published the material know. Finally, should you rely on a link, you do so at your own risk.  In other words, you cannot hold us responsible in any way if you are harmed by relying on a link in one of our posts.

 © Copyright 2015 Paul E. Wojcicki/Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. All rights reserved.

3 responses to “Disclaimer

  1. vdurksen

    Nicely done. I particularly like the way you handle third party sites.

  2. vdurksen

    Nice combination of plain and legal language in the new disclaimer, Paul. The two versions complement each other well. They also serve to educate readers about the shift from legal to plain language.

    May I suggest the following edits:
    1. Cut “be” from the first line in the second bullet in the disclaimer: “You may be use material…” [proofreading error]
    2. Repeat the copyright language you want users to provide, instead of sending readers back to the legal section “quoted above.” [user navigation]
    3. Shorten the 37-word sentence in the final plain language paragraph by adding a period after “it says.” Then, revise or delete the second half of the sentence. The original seems to place responsibility on the reader to notice or know if something “turns out to be” incorrect. Readers have no control over or responsibility for the possible outcomes of your blog and its links. (It also implies that you are not interested in knowing about these errors. Are you trying to manage unwanted replies?) A plainer statement might be: “If you notice an error in the linked information, tell the author or publisher of that page about the error.” Even so, this statement seems to be telling readers what to do about errors on other pages. That’s not your problem and not the function of a disclaimer. It seems off topic. [readability and content]

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