Force Majeure – Force MaWhat

Force Majeure. If you have ever read a contract, most likely included in it was a provision called Force Majeure. Force Majeure, in literal translation from French, means “superior or irresistible power.”  Its use in contracts stateside has been defined as “an event that is a result of the elements of nature, as opposed to […]

DO NOT USE YOUR WORK EMAIL FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN WORK

I see it time and time again, a client or potential client emails me from their work email when the basis of our relationship has no association with their work. Let’s make this simple: if you are seeking to pursue a project unrelated to your present job DO NOT USE YOUR WORK EMAIL. WHY: • […]

How to Choose a Corporation or Domain Name and Not Get Sued

Before any business opens its doors it must have a name. Naming a business and choosing a domain name can be difficult. The name should be memorable and relate to the values, products, or services provided by the company. Also to be considered, however, are the legal issues involved with naming a company. The first […]

What’s In a Name?

“It started off really fine with pleasantries, and then it was essentially them asking me to cancel my trademark application and that they would help me cancel it.” These are the words from Bunmi Laditan, a writer for the blog and book franchise called The Honest Toddler. She is referring to the opposing company, The […]

Hit Song “YMCA” Returns to Original Writer

Sometimes a little-known law can make all the difference in a legal outcome. Such is the case for Victor Willis. You may know him as the lead singer of the 1970s disco group, the Village People. Recently, Mr. Willis was able to regain the rights to the songs he wrote after 1978, thanks to a […]

Work For Hire and Giving Away the Farm

If you provide creative solutions to your clients, make sure you carefully read the fine print and understand the full details of your legal agreement. It’s especially important for creative professionals to understand whether or not their deliverables are falling into the category of “Work For Hire.” If you are providing Work For Hire, do […]

Six Tips to Improve Speech Delivery

At one time or another, most of us have been faced with the need to deliver a speech. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a rookie, the preparation and anticipation can cause some major anxiety. Joel Osteen is an internationally best-selling author who speaks publicly to thousands of people each week. Joel came up […]

The Right Time to Trademark Your Company’s Name

The best time to register your Trademark is as soon as you develop it. Taking care of this important piece of business early can save you a lot of trouble in the future. Being sure that you can use your brand without infringing on a company that may oppose its use helps you move forward […]

Things You Should Think About When Starting a Business

Starting your own business is exciting and can provide you with many rewarding benefits. That said, it is a very challenging undertaking that you should not take lightly. Before you begin you will want to decide if entrepreneurship is for you and make sure you establish a strong foundation to give your company a good […]