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February 18, 2016

Pro Tip: Call Me Before You Begin

Consulting an attorney before you begin a new project is critical. Attorneys can help you think through future what-ifs and identify for you hidden issues you should resolve at each stage of your project. If you called me seeking legal advice before starting work on a new creative endeavor, I...

February 15, 2016

Understanding the Fine Print: Dispute Resolution clauses

Dispute resolution is commonly looped in with other “Fine Print” clauses, is usually placed at the end of a written agreement, and is often categorized together in a “Miscellaneous” section. Notwithstanding, however, dispute resolution clauses can be deployed in various forms to achieve strategic impact. Contracting parties can use a...

February 11, 2016

Big News: "Happy Birthday" soon to formally enter the public domain

“It’s against the law to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ on television?”- Dan Rydell (Josh Charles), Sports Night Season 1 Episode 4 (“Intellectual Property”) There was news this week in the long saga that has been the federal copyright lawsuit over the song “Happy Birthday”: Warner/Chappell has agreed to pay $14M to...

February 8, 2016

Business? Pleasure? Or both?

“Friends don’t necessarily make good business or creative partners.”-Attributed to Joseph Barbera, who created many great cartoons with his friend William Hanna Creating art with someone you love, someone you’re intimate with, can be an incredible experience. When love disappears from a relationship you break up; if you’re married you...

February 4, 2016

Pro Tip: Don't be afraid a lawyer will tell you "no"

I regularly hear from many clients about their process of deciding to hire an attorney for their small business. The most frequently-stated reason clients hesitate engaging legal counsel is their fear that the attorney will tell them they can't legally do something that forms the core of their business. All...

February 1, 2016

Pro Tip: Stay away from "Mad-Libs Style" legal service providers

Without naming names, I understand the appeal of Mad-Libs Style legal service providers that sell pre-drafted, one-size-fits-all legal solutions that you customize with the particular details of your business or transaction.  These at-your-fingertips resources are tempting, in part because you can get things accomplished on your own schedule and at...

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