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21 03, 2016

Remedies for Cybersquatting

By | March 21st, 2016|Asset Protection, Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property|Comments Off on Remedies for Cybersquatting

Introduction Have you ever noticed that when a person or business name becomes popular or well-known, there’s often an unrelated third party prepared to park or register website domains in the name of that person or business? In many such cases, the third party’s objective involves making an easy profit by holding the domains “hostage” [...]

8 03, 2016

Trademark Protection

By | March 8th, 2016|Asset Protection, Business Law, Commercial Law, trademark, Trademarks & Copyrights|Comments Off on Trademark Protection

The Importance Of Protecting Your Trademark  Introduction Most company’s trademarks are extremely valuable assets and represent a significant percentage of the company’s worth.  Brand recognition creates customer goodwill and promotes customer satisfaction, which leads to increased sales.  Because of this, it is critical to maintain protection of these intangible assets.   To achieve this protection, it [...]

5 01, 2016

Estate Planning: Choosing Per Stirpes or Per Capita Distributions

By | January 5th, 2016|Asset Protection, Estate Planning, living trust, Wills and Trusts|Comments Off on Estate Planning: Choosing Per Stirpes or Per Capita Distributions

Per Stirpes or Per Capita Distributions While Latin may be a dead language, it remains relevant to estate planning lawyers and their clients when choosing how to prepare for the distribution of an estate through a will or living trust. “Per Stirpes” literally means “by roots or stocks; by representation” and is used interchangeably with [...]

21 12, 2015

Benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney

By | December 21st, 2015|Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Succession Planning|Comments Off on Benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney

Introduction Many of our estate planning clients have heard about a Financial Power of Attorney but are not clear as to why they should have one or how they might benefit from having this legal document. At the outset, it is important to consider, “Who takes care of my financial interests if I become incapacitated [...]

9 11, 2015

Is a Testamentary Bypass Trust Right for Me?

By | November 9th, 2015|Asset Protection, Business Contracts, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts|Comments Off on Is a Testamentary Bypass Trust Right for Me?

Introduction Whether you are a business owner reflecting on your succession planning needs, or an individual who has amassed significant assets from sources other than a business, if you are married, a testamentary bypass trust should be considered in your estate planning process. What is a Bypass Trust? A bypass trust is a type of irrevocable trust and is [...]

26 08, 2015

Negative Reviews on Yelp Hurting Your Business?

By | August 26th, 2015|Asset Protection, Business Law, Business Litigation|Comments Off on Negative Reviews on Yelp Hurting Your Business?

Negative Reviews on Yelp Hurting Your Business?  Consult a Business Litigation Attorney About Possible Defamation or False Advertising Claims Nowadays most businesses, small and large alike, depend on their “on-line” presence to bring in customers. These businesses take active steps to increase their presence on the worldwide web, using various techniques to win the race [...]

27 07, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Register Your Trademark

By | July 27th, 2015|Asset Protection, Business Law, Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Copyrights|Comments Off on Top 10 Reasons to Register Your Trademark

Many of our clients ask us, “What are the benefits of registering my trademark?  Don’t I already own my trademark when I start using it?”  Generally speaking, this is a true statement. However, while you do obtain common law rights by using your trademark, our intellectual property law attorneys can tell you that formally registering it [...]

27 03, 2015

Do I Need a Will or a Trust?

By | March 27th, 2015|Asset Protection, Estate Planning|Comments Off on Do I Need a Will or a Trust?

Trusts and wills accomplish the same goal in a different time frame. Wills transfer ownership of property and finances to beneficiaries when the owner dies. Trusts transfer ownership of property and finances to the trust while the trust creator is still alive. Using a will, assets belong to the owner up until the moment of [...]

22 01, 2015

The Differences between Trusts and Wills

By | January 22nd, 2015|Asset Protection, Business Formation, Estate Planning, Succession Planning|Comments Off on The Differences between Trusts and Wills

Planning your estate can be a daunting task. There are quite a few options available in formulating an estate plan. Two of the most common options are wills and trusts. While both serve as useful tools in distributing up your property and assets, there are some key differences to consider from our estate planning attorneys. [...]

8 12, 2014

Transferring Encumbered Property to a Land Trust

By | December 8th, 2014|Asset Protection, Business Law, Estate Planning|Comments Off on Transferring Encumbered Property to a Land Trust

Transferring a personally owned investment property to a land trust in order to provide additional legal protection for your holdings is a relatively straight-forward but highly technical process. Our estate planning and small business attorneys often deal with the legal implications characteristic of this type of transaction. There are a number of benefits to creating [...]