Data Privacy Guide for Small Businesses

In the age of technology, data privacy has become the latest layer that small businesses need to understand in order to build and operate a successful business. Not only are small businesses required to adhere to data privacy laws, but the better they do so, the stronger, more reputable the business will be. But how … Continued

Knowing Your Health Insurance Rights

It’s important to know your healthcare insurance rights. In doing so, you can make the best decisions related to your health care that will save you both time and money. Under the Affordable Care Act, there are health insurance rights and protections that apply to patients regardless of whether their insurance is through the marketplace, … Continued

Legal Rights During the Hiring Process

You may think you do not have legal rights until you are hired and have become an employee. But your legal rights actually start as a job applicant when you are going through the hiring process.

Guide to Getting a Divorce in Florida

If your marriage has reached a point of no return, then it’s important to know what your rights and responsibilities are as you go through your separation.

Why Would Someone Use a Life Estate?

There are many tools in the estate planning toolkit, and as a layperson, you may hear bits and pieces about some of them. Incomplete information can lead to mistakes that yield negative consequences later on, so knowledge is power in this regard. With this in mind, we will look at the estate planning device called … Continued

The 4th Circuit makes trademark use more contextual

Combe Inc. v. Dr. August Wolff Gmbh & Co. Kg Arzneimittel, No. 19-1674 (4th Cir. Apr. 13, 2021) Not only is this case a good demonstration that courts are willing to give broad rights to marks based on similarities in descriptive elements (here the VAGI- formative in VAGISIL for preparations for use in the vagina), … Continued

You Need These Estate Planning Documents

It can be difficult to know where to begin when you are thinking about the estate planning process. There are variations depending on the circumstances, but there is an underlying framework that applies to everyone, and we will break it down in this post. Asset Transfer Vehicle An asset transfer vehicle will be at the … Continued

Trusts and the Probate Process: What You Should Know

If you’re confused, or unfamiliar with trusts as part of an estate plan, you’re not alone! Some people need to have a trust, others do not. Then there’s the probate process. Does having a trust impact the probate process? Should you have a trust to avoid the probate process? To answer your questions about trusts … Continued

Lawyers and Judge Handle Zoom CATastrophe PURRfectly

A cat may have nine lives…but a video of a lawyer appearing as a cat at a virtual court hearing is trending towards nine million views. If you’re not already fur-miliar with what happened, here’s a quick hiss-tory of the Zoom Cat-astrophe. Rod Ponton, a county attorney in Texas logged into a Zoom hearing on … Continued

The Remote Versus Physical Office Debate Revisited, Post-Pandemic

Once upon a time, the biggest question that a starting solo confronted was whether to work remotely from a home office or from a physical office. Indeed, I devoted long blog posts here and here about making a decision between the two, and assuring lawyers that there was really no right answer. Fast forward to … Continued

Fidelity Cuts Credit Card Benefits

If you have a Fidelity Investments credit card (most pay 2% cash back), you may have recently received an email with good news. They are adding a new benefit to your card — a free version of NortonLifeLock protection. However, if you didn’t read the fine print, you may have missed an even more important … Continued

Handful of Google v. Oracle thoughts: categories, microworks, and market circularity

A couple of small Google v. Oracle thoughts: The majority clearly says that, as with other categories of protected works, distinctions can be made within the categories, drawing lines “among” computer programs, books, and films. Not all literary works are the same; Infinite Jest gets a different kind of copyright protection than my emails do. Likewise, while … Continued