A Brief Overview of Business Succession Planning

As a business owner, you have put a lot into your company. Beyond the obvious financial investments and sacrifices you’ve made, you’re poured your ideas, time, and energy into building your business to its current state. That’s why it’s so important to include business succession planning in your estate planning efforts.  Figure Out When You Want to Leave Perhaps one of the most important questions to answer as Read More

Understanding the Difference Between an LLC and a Corporation

When you’re starting a business in California, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what form it will take. Two of the most common types are LLCs and corporations, and understanding the differences between the two can help you decide which structure will work best for you. An Overview of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) LLCs are a flexible business structure, which makes them the entity of choice Read More

It’s Never Too Early to Start: 5 Important Reasons to Begin Building Your Estate Plan Today

Estate planning is an essential part of preparing for the future, but it seems like people put more thought into which car they want to buy or where they want to spend their 25th anniversary than who receives all of their assets after they pass away. Sometimes this failure to consider the future is unintentional. When you’re growing a family or building a business, you’re focused more on present needs and decisions. Read More

Springing Vs. Non-Springing Powers Of Attorney

If you do not have a Power of Attorney for Finance (“POA”) as a part of your estate plan when you become incapacitated, the results may be devastating. Your family will almost undoubtedly have to petition the court to establish a conservatorship to make financial decisions on your behalf (and medical decisions if you do not have an Advance Health Care Directive (“AHCD”). With a POA, your family will likely be Read More

What Are My Options If My Trademark Office Action Will Be Denied?

Trademark applications are commonly refused because of a likelihood of confusion between the applicant’s mark and a prior pending or existing registered mark. If your trademark application falls in this category and responding to an Office Action is not feasible or your response will not approved, there are several other options you can pursue to remedy the issue.   Negotiate With The Owner of the Read More

What Is The Trademark Registration Process In The U.S.?

Filing a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) starts an often complex and lengthy legal proceeding that continues for approximately eight or twelve months. A timeline of the most critical stages is helpful to understanding the overall process.   Initial Filing and Examination Process You can file a Use-Based application or an Intent-To-Use application using the Read More

What Is An Acceptable Trademark Specimen?

To obtain or renew your trademark registration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires you to submit a trademark specimen for each class of goods or services used in commerce. Understanding how to submit an acceptable trademark specimen will help secure your trademark registration without problems. A trademark specimen is a real-life example of how you actually use your trademark in connection Read More

How Do I Respond To A USPTO “Likelihood of Confusion” Office Action?

You did the right thing to protect your brand or new product name, and you successfully submitted your trademark application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After months of waiting, you finally receive word from the USPTO. But it’s an email titled OFFICE ACTION with a warning that failure to respond will cause you to abandon your trademark application. Don’t worry, receiving an Office Action does not Read More

How Do I Respond To A Trademark Application Office Action?

When it comes to responding to a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Office Action, at first glance it’s easy to become intimidated. However, it is like many other processes: step by step and in the right sequence, addressing only what needs to be addressed. Being informed about terms and the reasons for the Office Action will bring you powerful knowledge so you’ll spend your time and energy Read More

What The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act May Mean For Estate Planning

The latest tax reform made sweeping changes to the U.S. Tax Code. Learn more about what these changes may mean for estate planning. On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. The TCJA provides the most comprehensive reform of the United States Tax Code in over 30 years. One significant area impacted by the new law is estate planning, where reforms could have major Read More