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How Long Will My Copyright Last?
It’s a simple question, one that a lot of people ask. Unfortunately the answer is not quite so simple. The reason copyright duration can be complex (and confusing) is because different rules apply depending on when the creative work was published (or created) and who the original author is. Let’s start with the question of when. If the...
Should I Have a Gun Trust?
This may be a controversial topic for California, but I have a client who’s interested in the answer, and I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and write about what I found. (Yes, I did see the opportunity for a pun there, but I chose to take the higher ground) If you own a firearm (to...
Why Register Your Copyright?
I’ve had several people reach out to me over the last month regarding a recent Supreme Court case, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com. The ruling made them worry about their ability to protect their copyrights. For those who aren’t aware of the case, here are the details: Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation had a deal going...
Planning for Pets
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you know that I live with two dogs (both of whom are quite adorable). So it seems natural to me to ask my clients whether they have pets, and if they know what will happen to those pets after they’re gone. This is an easy question for some people. They have a...
Estate Planning with a Ticking Clock
Sally sat in the chair, her mind reeling. It couldn’t be true. Sure, she’d been having some problems, which was why she had gone to the doctor’s office. If she was honest with herself, she’d admit that she’d been putting it off for awhile. Even so, the news still came as a shock. Disbelief quickly moved to panic....

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