Protect Your Intellectual Property

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

If you own a business, you have intellectual property and while protecting it may seem like a daunting task, it does not have to be. With the right information and guidance, you can prohibit others from using your ideas, creations and so forth. The right protection is so important, because without it, you could experience loss of revenue and possibly clients. Your ideas, inventions, logo and even your business’ name can all be legally protected if you take the right steps to make it happen.

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Knowing Your Rights

As a business owner, you have rights available to you to protect your intellectual property, and knowing which right, or rights, you need is essential. A trademark is used to protect your business’ name, symbol or logo, and keeps them from being used by anyone else. When protecting your original works like books, videos or songs, a copyright is used to prevent others from distributing, selling or making money off your work. Patents are specifically designed to protect your unique inventions, ensuring others will not be able to make, sell or use them.

Seeking Advice

Once you understand your rights, it is important to speak to an attorney who can evaluate your business and intellectual properties. An attorney will be able to use that evaluation to advise you on what protection you need and how to avoid making any mistakes. As always, with business, talking to an attorney who is experienced in your specific industry, is an advantage.

Plan Ahead & Act Quickly

If you are starting a new business, protecting your intellectual property needs to be one of your first priorities. Protecting your intellectual property is so important and can be crucial when getting your new business off the ground. If, for some reason, you already have a business up and running, but do not have your intellectual property protected, it is not too late. Act quickly, because even if it is just your business’ name and logo, it is yours and you deserve to have that protected.

You worked hard to start your business and you continue to do so as your serve your clients. Make sure all your hard work, and the work of your employees, is not in vain by protecting your invaluable creations, ideas and other intellectual properties. Do not give someone else the chance to benefit from your creativity and expertise, place a legal lock on your intellectual properties, just as you would your storefront or shop.

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Estate Planning: Don’t Take It On Alone

These days, one can find anything and everything online, including do-it-yourself estate planning forms. These forms may be appealing, especially if you want to save time and money by not hiring an estate planning attorney. Unfortunately, when it comes to estate planning, you get what you pay for and in many cases, saving time and money upfront will not pay off in the long run.


One Size Does Not Fit All

When planning your estate, there are numerous factors to consider, and assuming a DIY form off the internet is going to fit every family’s needs can lead to irreversible or costly mistakes. Everyone’s situation, financially and otherwise, is different, so it is important to have an attorney help you make sure your beneficiaries’ specific needs are going to be met. Without the guidance of an estate planning attorney, including step-children and or business assets in your plan can become confusing and you may even miss important asset protection benefits simply because you were unaware of them.

Ever-changing Laws

The legal system is an ever-evolving world where laws can change quite often, and unless it is your job to know when these laws change and how, you may not even be aware that they have. Estate planning is designed to give you peace of mind that your beneficiaries and assets will be well taken care of. There are countless forms available on the internet, but it is quite difficult to know whether or not they are up to date with your state’s current laws. Hiring an estate planning attorney will give you the confidence to know that your document will be valid when it really counts.

Estate Planning Laws for Each State

Not only are laws constantly changing, but laws regarding trusts, probate, and taxes are very different from state to state. The laws can differ so greatly that an online form simply cannot be counted on to cover the specific laws for each and every state. An attorney in your state, who is experienced in estate planning, will be able to make sure your documents meet and follow the requirements and laws dictated by your state.

Some things are best left to the professionals, and estate planning one of them. Hiring an affordable attorney could mean the difference between having your beneficiaries and assets taken care of the way you intended and leaving them with inadequate benefits and confusion.

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