Disclosures & Disclaimers
I value transparency
In my former life as an attorney, my areas of practice included intellectual property licensing, false advertising law, and the laws governing promotions.
Do you ever wonder who reads the fine print? I do. I’m that one person who reads the fine print.
Did you ever wonder who writes the fine print? That was my job. I wrote those sweepstakes rules that most people don’t read.
I place a high value on honesty, authenticity, and transparency. Also, I want to earn your trust. So I think rules requiring a disclosure are a great thing.
I also think “legal jargon” is awful. So, below you will find my disclosures and disclaimers written as plainly as possible.
Disclosure of Material Connection
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” here are some disclosures:
Endorsements & Reviews
Any endorsements that I provide — whether of a product, person, book, program, or something else — are made from my heart. I do not recommending anything unless I’ve used it or experienced it personally. This is a place where I share my experiences. If I have an amazing experience around something, I like to tell the world. If you think you have a product that I will love, you are welcome to send it to me to review. I will disclose that fact in my review. Also, be careful what you wish for. If I don’t like it, I will let people know.
Many of the links to resources, products or books throughout this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item referenced, I will receive a commission from the seller. Please know that I only recommend products or services that I use personally or that I believe will add value to you.
Advice Provided Here
I am relentlessly curious about the world and have studied a wide range of disciplines. People seek my help on a wide range of issues, and I try to be helpful. My guidance is sourced from my personal experiences and insights, gained in the course of 40 years of life experience, failures and successes.
Although my life experience includes professional degrees and licenses, no guidance I offer on this site should be construed as professional advice of any kind.
Sometimes I see a disclaimer on a website that says, “I’m not a lawyer.” I can’t really say that.
I earned a law degree from Columbia University in 2000, and was admitted to practice in 2001. I continue to maintain an active license and am a member in good standing of the New York State Bar. I am admitted to practice in New York State, and in Federal Court in the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York.
That said, I have not engaged in the practice of law since 2008. Nothing I write should be construed as offering legal advice. I know a lot of great lawyers, and when I need legal advice I call one of them. You should always consult your own attorney for legal guidance. If you need an attorney, I’d be happy to introduce you to one.
Real Estate or Financial
I have been a licensed real estate broker in the state of New York since 2007. I am currently a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with Halstead Property in New York City. In that capacity, I work with buyers, sellers, investors, owners and renters both locally and globally (via referrals to our outstanding partners). My clients come to me for the same honesty, transparency and real advice that I offer in every area. While I may write about real estate here, nothing I write should be taken as direct advice. Each person has a different financial and personal situation, and the advice I provide to my clients is tailored to their individual needs. If you have specific questions about your situation, please contact me and I will be happy to help.
Health & Wellness
I am a proponent of living a healthy lifestyle. I am well-read on areas of psychology, nutrition, wellness and a variety of other disciplines and practices. The guidance and advice I offer here is based on my experiences and what I have learned from the experts and professionals who I’ve retained to guide me. I am not a medical professional, dietician, certified wellness practitioner or licensed therapist. Even if I were, I could not offer advice here guaranteed to fit your specific situation. Each of us has unique circumstances. I can speak only to my results, and do not purport to make any claims that you can achieve the same results.
I mentor and coach real estate agents and other entrepreneurs on a variety of topics related to sales processes, implementing systems, working digitally, marketing strategy, and avenues for monetization. I share that advice through public speaking and (coming soon) programs. I cannot make any guarantees of the results you can expect. Your results will be based on your personal abilities, experience, knowledge, capabilities, level of desire, and an infinite number of variables beyond my control, including variables I or you have not anticipated. There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience.
The Thoughts, Ideas and Opinions Expressed Here
This should not be necessary to say, but we live in a time of increasing transparency and decreasing common sense, and I take nothing for granted.
The articles on this blog are written by me. They represent my thoughts, insights, ideas and opinions at the point in time that I wrote them. I am, of course, influenced by many stimuli, mentors, teachers, books, friends and experiences.
To the extent that I am referencing the work of others, those people are credited explicitly and via links back to their original works.
I am a work in progress, and what’s cool about that is that I constantly engage in new experiences and stimuli. My thoughts and opinions are subject to change as I continue to evolve and grow. That’s how it works. If I run for office one day and express a thought different from something that is written here, it doesn’t mean I’ve flip-flopped. It simply means I’ve evolved my thinking. That’s how this thing called life works.
In fact, sometimes I think two contradictory things at the same time. Sometimes I don’t know what I think. Daniel Pink advised that “sometimes you have to write to figure it out.” That’s what I do here.
Plagiarism is Illegal and Rude (aka the Copyright Notice)
It should go without saying, but needs to be said, that all work here is protected by all applicable intellectual property protections available, including copyright.
I hope that my work here resonates with you and inspires you to share it. I welcome you to share my work in a way that respects the time and effort I invested in creating it and clearly gives credit to me. You can do this by sharing the link to any blog post, with credit and attribution. If you wish to use an excerpt, please include the link back to the source, and provide appropriate contextual reference to me. This is the nice thing to do and the legal way to do it.
If you want the official legal notice, here it is:
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material on this site without express and written permission from me is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Renee Fishman and mymeadowreport.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact me.
Thank you for being here!