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Sep 22, 2017

How Do You Get Copyright?

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The “right to copy” in work you create is automatically yours!

  • You have the say in how the work can be used
  • You have the right to benefit commercially
  • You have legal recourse if anyone infringes on your rights

There are a few exceptions e.g. work created in an employment situation or commissioned work, where the copyright may not be yours.

Continue reading "How Do You Get Copyright?"

Sep 20, 2017

Making a Living Will

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If it is important to you to direct whether you wish to:

  • Have your life prolonged (or not) by artificial means
  • Allow blood transfusions
  • Donate your tissues or organs etc.

... then you need to make these wishes known whilst you are of sound mind.

We provide a free Living Will template to assist you in drafting this important document.

Continue reading "Making a Living Will"

Sep 19, 2017

How to Create a Testamentary Trust Will

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Creating a testamentary trust under a will offers many advantages! We'll show you:

  • Sample wording to create a trust in a will
  • Examples of instructions to trustees
  • Whether probate is necessary
  • The difference between a Testamentary Trust vs Living Trusts ("inter vivos" trusts)

Continue reading "How to Create a Testamentary Trust Will"

Sep 18, 2017

Landlord Tenant Law

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Many governments see landlords as partners in providing housing!

They actively assist landlords with legal guidelines and forms to manage their property portfolios and tenants.

There are answers to many frequently asked questions about obligations, evictions, rental increases and the rights of both parties.

We've compiled an easy reference to help you with landlord rights in your specific area:

Continue reading "Landlord Tenant Law"

Sep 15, 2017

http://www.free-legal-document.com/non-solicitation-agreement.html

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We are too!

Some folks genuinely think that if it's "out there" it's free for all and in the public domain.

"In the public domain" actually has a specific legal meaning and has nothing to do with content being "in the public eye".

You do have recourse!

Review our legal guidelines and use our printable Cease and Desist letter to protect your rights in your intellectual property.

Continue reading "http://www.free-legal-document.com/non-solicitation-agreement.html"

Sep 14, 2017

A - Z of Testamentary Trusts

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  • How long does it take to create a testamentary trust?
  • What are the duties of the trustee?
  • How will the trustee spend the money?
  • How does one dissolve a testamentary trust?

Find the answers to the above and other questions here:

Continue reading "A - Z of Testamentary Trusts"

Sep 13, 2017

Non-Solicitation and No-Competition Agreements

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A company's assets go way beyond tangible goods!

There is substantial value in a company's client list. Equally, its employees often represent a major financial investment on the part of the company, e.g. sourcing, training, etc.

The purpose of a Non-Solicitation agreement is to protect those assets against unfair advantage from a competitor.

This may happen when an employee leaves the company and by soliciting fellow employees will not only gain from their experience, but will also have access to any confidential information that they may have.

An ex-employee may also attempt to solicit business from a company's customer base. Knowledge of the company's pricing structure, suppliers, marketing plans etc. will constitute an unfair advantage to a former employee.

Having a Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement in place is vital to protect these assets!

Continue reading "Non-Solicitation and No-Competition Agreements"

Sep 12, 2017

Asset Protection in Family Wills

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How can you make provision for:

  • A minor child who cannot legally own property?
  • A child with diminished capacity?
  • A prodigal child who may squander an inheritance?
  • A family member with a substance dependency or serving a prison term or being unduly influenced by another person?

We'll show you in detail exactly how to go about it!

Continue reading "Asset Protection in Family Wills"

Sep 11, 2017

Simple Rental Agreement

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You've asked for it, so here it is!

We've received many requests for a simple, one page, weekly or month to month rental agreement.

We've compiled a free rental agreement that captures the details of the landlord, tenant and premises and outlines the basic terms and conditions typically found on rental or lease agreements.

The template is a basis to work from, where you can add specific clauses to suit your property or requirements.

Continue reading "Simple Rental Agreement"

Sep 08, 2017

What Can Make a Will Invalid?

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There are some obvious requirements to render a will legal, such as having the correct signatures in place, having made it without undue influence and for the testator being of sound mind.

But there may be provisions in the will that could render the will invalid, such as:

  • The will is made subject to a condition which cannot be fulfilled i.e. impossible to execute;
  • The testator's marital status changed but the will was not changed to reflect this;
  • A child was born or adopted after the will was made but no new will was made to mention the child,
    etc.

We take a look at the above instances and also provide information on when a person can be disqualified from inheriting.

Continue reading "What Can Make a Will Invalid?"

Sep 06, 2017

Work Made for Hire Contract

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In many countries it is a requirement to have an agreement in place that specifically designates commissioned work as work made for hire if the person/company who commissioned the work wants to claim the copyright in such work.

Even in an employment situation employers should not assume that they automatically own copyright in their employees' creative work.

In some jurisdictions the law is quite clear in defining work made for hire but elsewhere it may be open to interpretation.

The best approach is to have a written agreement in place regardless whether it appears obvious as to who owns the copyright!

Review our free template and the additional guidelines to assist you with your work for hire contract.

Continue reading "Work Made for Hire Contract"

Sep 05, 2017

Free Boat Rental Agreement

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Apart from specifying the rental rate and time period, you would want the person renting your boat to agree in writing not to:

  • Overload the vessel with either passengers or cargo beyond its rated capacity
  • Use the boat in a race or competition
  • Use the boat for any illegal activity

    ...and more.

Our free template can assist you in drafting your own agreement.

And one more important matter - consult with a reputable company to have the right insurances in place!

Continue reading "Free Boat Rental Agreement"

Sep 01, 2017

Making Reprints of a Photographer's Work

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If you hired a photographer to capture images of your wedding (for example) you may argue that since you paid for the work, you may make as many copies as you wish.

A lab or photo store may not agree with this and may demand a "copyright release form" for fear of being held liable when making unauthorized reproductions.

It's a good idea to get this document in place before your event!

If your photographer does not supply it, get a free copy here:

Continue reading "Making Reprints of a Photographer's Work"

Aug 30, 2017

Reduce the Risk When Extending a Loan

jewelry offered as collateral

There are a couple of ways to help ensure the repayment of a loan:

  • Enter into a Security Agreement where goods are pledged as collateral or security against a loan;
  • Enter into a Guaranty Agreement with a third party who undertakes to assume full responsibility for the loan, should the original borrower(s) default.

We've drafted a variety of free promissory notes to make provision for collateral kept by either the borrower or lender, the co-signing of a loan agreement or a separate agreement with a guarantor.

Continue reading "Reduce the Risk When Extending a Loan"

Aug 28, 2017

Tutoring Contract - How to Formalize Your Agreement

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As tutor there are a couple of things you need to protect yourself against in a written agreement:

  • Cancellation of lessons by either party
  • Late arrival
  • Obligations of both parties
  • Unreasonable expectations, etc.

Our free template will give you a good starting point for your contract!

Continue reading "Tutoring Contract - How to Formalize Your Agreement"

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