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Homeownership and Your Estate Plan
Will Buying a House Change My Estate Plan? Buying a house for the first time is a significant step for most people. It’s also a big reason to have an estate plan in California. Probate is required if the decedent (i.e., deceased person) owned real property worth more than $66,000 (as of 2021). That covers most homeowners in...
3 Ways to Discourage Copyright Infringement
Unfortunately, copyright infringement is rampant in the Age of the Internet. It is so easy to copy a photo or share a song or e-book, many people don’t even realize that what they’re doing is infringement. And then you also have the person who is deliberately and systematically copying your work for their personal gain. Fortunately, there are...
Three Legal Documents Everyone Should Have When They Turn Eighteen
There are a lot of things people say everyone should have when they turn eighteen. I’m sure many of those things are good recommendations. But I am talking specifically from an estate planning perspective. As an estate planner, I feel every adult ought to have these three legal documents when they turn eighteen: A Will Wills are not...
The Difference Between Branding Guidelines and a Trademark
I recently had someone ask whether having branding guidelines meant they had a trademark. Branding guidelines and trademarks are connected, but having one doesn’t necessarily mean you have the other. Let me explain the difference between branding guidelines and a trademark, so you can see if you need one or both in your business. Trademarks serve as source...
When Should I Register a Trademark?
When should I register a trademark is an excellent question that, frankly, I wish more of my potential trademark clients would ask. Many people seem to think they must register their trademark before they even have a product on the market. In some cases, this is a good idea, but there are other cases where it might be...

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