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I’m a Trustee; Now What?
If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because a) you find yourself in the unenviable position of being the trustee of someone’s trust, or b) you suspect you will be in that position in the future. In either case, you have no idea what this means, or what a trustee actually does. Fortunately for you, most trusts spell...
How to Choose a Great Trademark
You’ve come up with an idea for your business – you’ll teach cats how to swing dance! You’ve put together your dance track, gotten your scratch-proof body suit, and lined up your graphic designer for your marketing materials. Then a question from the designer stops you cold: “What’s the name of your company?” Choosing a company name, or...
How to Get Your Rights Back From a Publisher
I’ve had several occasions now where I talk to an author, and they mention how frustrating it is that this publisher has the rights to their book and, for one reason or another, the publisher refused to give the rights back when the author asked for it. I promptly ask the first question that comes to my mind:...
What is a Trust Protector?
Before I answer that question, let me tell you a story. There was an older couple who both had children from prior marriages. In a tragic twist of fate, the husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer about the same time that the wife was diagnosed with dementia. They decided to update their wills and trust one final time,...
How Do I Avoid Probate?
I’ve been asked this question more than once. Before I answer it here, let’s go over what probate is and how it works. Simply put, probate is the process of administering an estate (i.e. a deceased person’s money and “stuff”) under the supervision of the Probate Court. Like many things involving the government, this is not ideal. Getting...

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