You probably found this page because your company is in the process of obtaining an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate for your company's website. As a part of that process, your Certification Authority (CA) has asked you to obtain a professional opinion from an attorney or CPA as to certain facts about your business. I am a Minnesota attorney, and I can provide this extended letter to most businesses in the United States for only $99.
Different CA's use different procedures to verify your information. But in most cases, they ask you to obtain an outside professional opinion to verify some of the information. Most commonly, they will ask for the lawyer's or CPA's professional opinion about the validity of the following items:
Different CA's request different information in the attorney or CPA opinion letter, but these are generally the items they need verified. After the CA receives an opinion letter from the lawyer, the CA will follow up to make sure that the letter really came from that attorney. The CA can do this follow up in one of two ways: They can confirm the attorney's phone number in the phone book and simply call. Or in some cases, they will confirm the attorney's address from the state supreme court's website, and then follow up by mailing a copy of the letter back to the attorney.
In most cases, I can provide this opinion letter and take care of the follow-up contacts for $99. In the rare cases that I can't do it for this price, I will refund 100% of your fee and recommend that you retain a local attorney. Such cases are very rare. In most cases, I will be able to provide you with the opinion letter that you need. I normally get to work the same day I receive your request. It will generally take about a week to complete the process, since some documents must be sent by mail. If you need faster service, please contact me, and we can make arrangements to do some or all of the verification by express mail and/or in person.
In some cases, it will be easier for you to have your local attorney or CPA write the letter for you. However, your own attorney or CPA has probably never done such a letter before, and understandably, they are going to need to do some research before signing their name to a document they don't understand. And they will have to charge you for the time spent doing this research and preparation. Since I am already familiar with the process, I don't need to charge you for that time. Like you, I operate a small business, and I realize the importance of keeping expenses to a minimum. But I will also act with integrity in preparing my opinion, since I know that it is being relied upon by the CA. I also know that it is being relied upon by members of the public when they do business through secure websites. I take this responsibility seriously, and I will not cut corners on the verification process. In those rare cases that I'm unable to verify the information, I will refund your fee, but you are still protected by the confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship.
I am an attorney in Minnesota, and I have been in practice for over twenty years. (If you are in a state other than Minnesota, then you need to be aware that I am admitted to practice law in Minnesota, but not in any other state. Therefore, I cannot give you legal advice based on any other state's laws. My opinion letter will be based upon Minnesota law, but I can write a letter on behalf of any company in the United States. I am not able to provide this service to companies outside the United States.) (Note: Digicert currently requires that the attorney be admitted in your state. Therefore, unless this policy has changed, I am not able to provide letters for Digicert customers outside of Minnesota. But most certifying authorities, including GoDaddy, Starfield, GeoTrust, and VeriSign, will accept my letters for clients anywhere in the U.S.)
If you would like to retain me to prepare an opinion letter, please contact me by e-mail or phone. After your initial contact, I will ask you to send me some or all of the following information and documents:
After I have received this information, I will verify it. Depending on your situation, the steps that I take to verify might vary. But typically, my verification process will include the following:
Assuming that I am satisfied with my verification, I will send the opinion letter, either to you, and/or directly to your CA. If I do encounter any problems, I will contact you. In the unlikely event that I'm not able to write the letter, I'll refund your entire fee.
At that point, I will wait for the CA to contact me, and when they do, I will confirm that I really sent the letter.
My goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you, while still maintaining a high level of integrity in issuing my opinion. If you have any questions at any point during the process, please do not hesitate to contact me.
To begin the process, please first contact me by e-mail or phone. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is 612-378-7751. Please contact me before sending any documents, since I need to ensure that I have no conflict of interest before taking your case. I will then ask you to send me the documents shown above. If, for some reason, you are not able to send one of the documents, please let me know. In some cases, I might be able to consider alternate documents.
Normally, the whole process will take about one week.
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Richard P. Clem, Attorney
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Minnesota Attorney Registration Number 0192648