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Why Most Adults Need an Estate Plan

A will or an estate plan is important for most individuals to have. But unfortunately, it is considered an afterthought for many people. Surprisingly, the majority of American adults do not have a will. If tragedy were to strike, this could create a variety of unwanted outcomes. For example, the death of both parents in an accident can leave their children’s fate up to a judge. Assets in a blended family may not end up being distributed the way you would like. And furthermore, if one is in an accident and incapacitated but not killed, decisions made about your medical care may not be ideal. Estate planning can save you from all these unfortunate circumstances. Everyone should do some basic estate planning — regardless of their personal income level. A Will or Estate Plan is Important Even for Unmarried or Single People If tragedy befalls you and you die without a will, then state law determines who gets your assets. For those who are single and childless, that could mean that your estat…

Things to Know Before Hiring an Attorney

With so many attorneys out there, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. If you select the wrong lawyer for your case the results can be utterly detrimental. So it’s important to do your homework before finally settling on an attorney. Here are some important questions to ask before agreeing to hire any lawyer: Does the lawyer have experience in the type of law your case is in?Almost every lawyer has his or her area(s) of specialty. An attorney with decades of business litigation experience is the wrong person to hire for your DUI case. You will want to make sure you find a lawyer who understands your case, your needs as a client and has expertise in the legal matter you’re dealing with. Who is the lawyer’s typical client?This is something important to consider. Let’s say you are an individual with a particular legal problem, but the attorney you're meeting with represents only corporations, this will not be the attorney best suited for you and your case. What alternatives to …

The Differences Between a Trademark and Copyright

A trademark and copyright are each different types of intellectual property protection, which aim to prevent unauthorized use. Though similar, each protects a varying type of asset. Companies have the right to pursue legal action against any party or individual who uses their intellectual property without permission—as this is illegal.
What does intellectual property mean? To clarify, intellectual property includes works, blueprints, developments, graphics, or designs that were created or are owned by a corporation or business. This can be all written documents or artistic works such as logos.
What do copyrights and trademarks protect? As stated above, while both offer intellectual property protection, they protect different types of assets. If you are a musician, author, filmmaker or similar artist then you will want to choose copyright to protect your work. Copyright is geared toward literary and artistic works, such as books and videos.
If you are trying to protect your business or bran…