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When Can I Use Someone Else’s Material in My Writing?
One of the questions I hear most frequently from authors is: When can I use someone else’s copyrighted material in my own work?[1] Stories can’t be written in a vacuum, and many of the sources authors would like to draw on are copyrighted. As many copyright owners are ready to sue at the drop of a hat, it’s...
When Should I Update My Estate Plan?
Let’s face it, people don’t like to think about their estate plans. Most Americans don’t even have a basic will. Those who have a complete estate plan – will, trust(s), power of attorney and health care directive – can congratulate themselves on being ahead of the general population as they sit back and relax with their alcoholic beverage...
Trusts or LLCs – Which is Better?
Trusts and corporations are valuable estate planning tools. Both serve as a way to keep an estate out of probate, because both are considered separate entities under the law. Anything they own is not owned by you, therefore it is not part of the estate (for probate purposes – the IRS has a different way of looking at...
What Is a Trademark?
People are very good at identifying trademarks, and can confidently name or point out any number of famous marks. Ask those same people what a trademark is, or why we have trademarks, and they get much less confident. So let’s start from the top and break it down into the basics. A trademark, at its core, is anything...
Who Needs an Estate Plan?
Technically, everyone has an estate plan. If you haven’t created your own, then the government has one ready and waiting for you - it’s called the Probate Code. While the Probate Code might sound similar to the Pirate’s Code, they really only have one thing in common: you probably won’t be happy with the outcome. The Probate Code...

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