The content of this website has been prepared by Attorney Chelsea K. Merta, Esq. (Lotus Law) for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information on this website shall not be construed as an offer to represent you, nor is it intended to create, nor shall the receipt of such information constitute, an attorney-client relationship. We hope that you will find the information informative and useful, and we are happy to speak with you regardingany questions you may have about our firm.
Readers should not act upon the information on this website, or decide not to act based upon the information on this website, without first seeking appropriate professional counsel from an attorney licensed in the reader's jurisdiction. Because the content of any unsolicited Internet email sent to Lotus Law will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not be treated as confidential, you should not send us information until you speak to one of our lawyers and get authorization to send that information to us. Please understand that we cannot undertake a representation until, among other things, we are assured that doing so will not involve a conflict of interest. We therefore ask that you not send us any confidential information or information about any legal matter that may involve you without first contacting one of our lawyers and receiving a written statement from us whereby we agree to represent or advise you.
Certain practice summaries and information on this website describe results obtained in matters handled for clients of Lotus Law and Chelsea K. Merta, Esq.. These descriptions are intended only to provide information about the activities and experience of our firm and should not be understood as a guarantee or assurance of future success in any matter. The results portrayed were dependent on a variety of facts and circumstances unique to the particular matters described, and do not reflect the entire record of the attorney(s) involved. Past results are not a guarantee of the results in future matters, and the outcome of a particular case or matter cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or our law firm's past results. We do not make any guarantee, promise or other assurance that the same or similar results can be obtained in any matter we may undertake, and you should not assume that a similar result or outcome can be obtained by our law firm in your legal matter. The outcome of a particular matter depends on a variety of factors – including, among other things, the specific facts and circumstances of the matter, the applicable law, the competence of opposing counsel and unanticipated events.
This website may contain links to third-party websites or other content for informational purposes only. Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., cannot control these third-party links or the content found therein. Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., are not responsible for the content of any third-party website, and the inclusion of any links to such third-party websites does not constitute or imply any recommendation, approval or endorsement of such third-party websites.
Use of this website is at the reader's own risk and Lotus Law expressly disclaims all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any contents of this website. The contents of the website contain general information and may not reflect the most current legal developments, verdicts or settlements, and neither the authors nor Lotus Law make any claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, currency or adequacy of the contents or information contained or linked to herein. The materials on this website may be changed, improved or updated without notice. Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., are not responsible for any errors or omissions in the content of this website or for damages arising from the use or performance of this website under any circumstances.
Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., do not intend this website to be advertising for legal services, but in some jurisdictions, it may be considered as such. Any prior results described on this website do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation.
Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., do not seek to represent anyone based upon their viewing of this website in a jurisdiction where this website does not conform to local requirements. This website is not an offer to perform legal services in any jurisdiction in which the attorneys of Lotus Law are not licensed to practice.
The opinions and views expressed on or through this website are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of any of their clients or law firms or the opinions or views of any other individual.
This website, the names "Lotus Law" and "Lotus Law & Legal Services, LLC" and the logos used on this website are the property of Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., and are protected by the intellectual property laws of the United States. You may make a copy of the materials posted on this website for your own personal, noncommercial use, but you may not make or distribute copies of any part of this website for any other purpose.
Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., recognize the importance of your privacy. This policy is intended to inform you about the information we collect from visits to our website, how we use that information, and with whom the information may be shared.
Lotus Law is a law firm that was formed in 2018. We are licensed to practice in the Missouri. Our Firm's headquarters is at 1409 Washington Avenue, Suite 211, St. Louis, Missouri 63103.
Information we obtain from visits to our website can be broadly described as the personal information that visitors provide us and technical information that we collect through the use of technology concerning those visits.
From our website, we will collect any information that you voluntarily provide us such as your name, email address, telephone number or fax number, your company or firm name, and other business contact information. We will also collect other types of information you might provide such as preferences as to the types of information, invitations or publications that you would like to receive, as well as responses to surveys or questionnaires. We may endeavor to determine if you are a current or a former client of the Firm from the information you provide.
You are under no obligation to provide us with your personal information when visiting our website. Whether you provide any personal information is entirely voluntary and solely within your discretion. You will suffer no legal detriment if you decide not to provide any of the requested personal information. We may be unable to provide you with any services or information you request, however, if you decide not to provide us with some or all of the personal information via our website.
You can withdraw your consent at any time to our possession or processing of any of the personal information you provide us. To do so, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as explained at the end of this Policy.
We may collect certain types of technical information provided by the browser of the computer, tablet or mobile device used when visiting our website, such as:
You may be able to disallow Cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. To learn more about Cookies and how to disallow or manage them, go to: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. If you choose not to accept Cookies, you may be unable to access certain parts or pages of our website, or certain parts or pages of our website may not function properly.
We may process the information you provide, and that we collect via our website, to:
We will not share or sell your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.
We will not use your personal data for making any automated decisions affecting you or your legal rights or for creating profiles other than as described above.
We may share the information you provide us on a confidential basis with contractors, vendors, or service providers that support our Firm's operations and our website, but only for those purposes.
We may also share your personal information with courts, law enforcement authorities, regulators, attorneys or other parties when it is reasonably necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of a legal or equitable claim, for purposes of an alternative dispute resolution process, or to meet national security and law enforcement requirements; to comply with a subpoena or court order, legal process, or other legal requirement or when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, prevent imminent physical harm or material financial loss; to investigate, prevent or take action concerning illegal activities, suspected fraud, threats to our Firm, any of its lawyers, its staff or our property; or as necessary in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy or other unlawful activity.
We do not collect personal information about your online activities over time and across third-party sites for tracking purposes. We do not currently allow third parties to collect personal information on our website that could be used by them to analyze and store information about your online activities over time and across third-party sites for tracking purposes. As such, our website does not currently respond to any "DO NOT TRACK" signals that may be sent from your browser or device.
Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., are not responsible for the privacy or security of any information you provide to a third-party website or the information practices used by any third-party site, including links to any third-party site from Lotus Law's website. We make no representations, expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, privacy, safety, security, or the information practices of any third-party site. The inclusion of a link to a third-party site on our website does not constitute any type of endorsement of the linked site by Lotus Law or Chelsea K. Merta, Esq.. Lotus Law & Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., are not responsible for any loss or damage you may sustain resulting from your use of any third-party website or any information you share with a third-party website.
It is important that the personal information we have about you is accurate. If any of the personal information you provide us should ever change, for instance if you change your email address or phone number, or should you wish to change your preferences, to stop receiving announcements from us, to correct any inaccurate personal information about you, or to delete any personal information that you provided through your visits to our website, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. We are not responsible for any losses that could arise from any inaccurate, deficient or incomplete personal information that you provide to the Firm.
For security reasons, we may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity before we correct, update or delete any personal information you provide us.
We have implemented technical and organizational security measures designed to protect your personal information from inadvertent or unauthorized access, use, disclosure, alteration or destruction, including encryption in some circumstances. No method of data storage or data transmission over the internet, however, is guaranteed to be completely secure. Your use of our website, and any personal information that you transmit over the internet to our website, is at your own risk. We are not responsible for the circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the website.
Our website is hosted in the United States (U.S.), and our services are provided from the U.S. It is possible that certain information will be stored on servers in multiple other countries on the "cloud" or other similar distributed hosting platforms. If you are visiting our website from outside the U.S., any information you voluntarily provide via our website and any technical information from the browser of your computer, tablet or mobile device will be transferred out of your country and into the U.S. where our law firm is located. The laws and protections available to the privacy of your personal information in the U.S. may significantly differ from the protections available in your country. Personal data transferred to the U.S. may be subject to lawful access requests by state and federal authorities in the U.S. If you do not want any personal information to be transferred to the U.S., please do not provide that information to our Firm via our website.
If you are a resident of the European Union (EU), please note that the EU has determined that the laws of the United States do not provide adequate protection for your personal information. Accordingly, we are transferring your personal information from the EU to the U.S. based on your consent, or our need to use your personal information to provide information, products or services that you order or request from us, and subject to the additional protections described below.
On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in the EU. The GDPR extends certain rights to natural persons involving the privacy of their personal information.
Our Firm is the data controller for any personal information provided via our website. Our Firm does not have a data protection officer in the EU. Any information that you provide to us will be stored in the U.S., we do not intend to transfer your personal data to another country or international organization.
Lotus Law will retain any personal information that you provide via our website for the time required to pursue the purposes for which it was collected, including the purpose of satisfying any applicable legal, professional, contractual, regulatory, accounting or reporting requirements. If you request that we stop sending you marketing materials, we will continue to keep a record of your contact details and appropriate information to enable us to comply with your request not to be contacted by us.
Under the GDPR, individuals are granted the following rights:
Right of Access
You have the right to ask what personal information we have about you in our possession. You have the right to obtain a copy of your personal data free of charge so long as it does not adversely affect the rights of others. We may charge a reasonable fee based on administrative costs for additional copies. The right of access includes the right to request that we update, correct or complete your personal information in our possession.
Right of Erasure
You have a right to request that data be deleted or erased when it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected or processed, when you withdraw your consent, when data is unlawfully processed, to comply with a legal obligation of the EU or a Member State, or when you object to the processing and we are unable to demonstrate compelling, legitimate grounds for the processing which overrides your rights, freedoms or interests. Personal data does not have to be erased when and to the extent it is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
Right to Restrict Processing
You have a right to restrict the processing of your personal data when you contest the accuracy of the personal data in our possession until we are able to verify its accuracy, or if the processing is unlawful and you oppose its erasure and request restriction instead.
Right to Data Portability
The right to data portability is triggered when processing activity was based on your consent, or was necessary for the performance of a contract, and the processing was carried out by automated means. This right, however, shall not adversely affect the rights of others.
Information related to your racial or ethnic identity, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health (including genetic and biometric data), sex life or sexual orientation (Sensitive Information) is afforded special protection under EU law. Please note we do not currently intend to collect any Sensitive Information through our website. We will not knowingly collect, use or disclose any Sensitive Information about you through our website without your express consent, subject to certain limited exceptions applicable under EU law.
You have the right not to be subjected to decision-making based solely on automated processing or profiling that either significantly affects you or results in some sort of legal effect. This right does not apply to decisions that are necessary for entering into or performing a contract with you or are based on your explicit consent.
Right to Object to Processing
You have the right to object to processing when it is based on a legitimate interest of the controller or a third party, or to processing that occurs for direct marketing purposes.
Withdrawing Your Consent
Right to Complain
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority about our data privacy practices where you reside.
Changes to Our Processing
How to Exercise These Rights
We will review any requests we receive and will endeavor to respond in a timely manner. For security reasons, we may request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity before taking action on any request, and to ensure your right of access and the exercise any of GDPR right does not adversely affect the rights of others.
We reserve the right to refuse to act on a request, or to charge a reasonable administrative fee when a request is either manifestly unfounded or excessive because of its repetitive character.
Our Firm's website is not directed at and is not intended to be visited by minors. No visitor to our website who is a minor or under the age of 18 should provide any personal information to our Firm. If you are a minor, do not visit our website, blogs or social media sites and do not send any type of personal information about yourself to our Firm or website.