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Feb 20, 2017

How to Register a Trademark and Why You Should

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There are distinct financial advantages to having a registered mark, such as claiming for damages from counterfeiters, licensing or franchising a mark etc.

Once you've registered your trademark, no one can claim ignorance since it is the duty of subsequent users to do searches for existing marks.

We'll show you step-by-step how to:

  • Choose a TM
  • Do a TM search
  • File an application
  • Use your Trademark

Continue reading "How to Register a Trademark and Why You Should"

Feb 17, 2017

Used Car Bill of Sale

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When selling a vehicle privately, it is important to record the details of the sale in writing to avoid future disputes.

Moreover, you also need to submit the record of the sale for tax purposes.

When it gets to selling a vehicle on installment sale, the agreement gets a bit more complicated. Take a look at our bill of sale where we make provision for:

  • The purchase price
  • Deposit paid
  • Interest and late payment fees
  • Recording a lien

Continue reading "Used Car Bill of Sale"

Feb 15, 2017

General Power of Attorney - What You Need to Consider

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A general power of attorney can grant extensive powers to your Agent, but that does not mean you lose control over your affairs.

Whilst you are of sound mind your agent must act on your instructions. And in any event, the power of attorney expires when you become mentally incapacitated.

You can also set a date upon which it expires which means you do not need to revoke thereafter.

You should also consider whether a limited power of attorney would not suit your purposes equally well.

Take a look at our guidelines and suggestions for restrictions and use our free template to draft your document.

Continue reading "General Power of Attorney - What You Need to Consider"

Feb 13, 2017

Home Business Insurance Checklist

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Running your business from home? There are some risks you may be exposed to and need to consider.

For example:

  • Small Business Liability Insurance and Property Insurance
  • Establishing a Bond
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance
  • Incorporating Your Small Business
  • Independent Contractor Insurance
  • Here's an overview of a variety of ways in which you can protect yourself and your personal assets against claims.

    Continue reading "Home Business Insurance Checklist"

Feb 10, 2017

Legal Wills - Frequently Asked Questions

last will spectacles and pen

When writing a will you may need to know:

  • Where should I store my will?
  • Can I have more than one original will copy
  • Can I disinherit my spouse?
  • What does the clause "power of assumption" mean?
    etc.

Answers to these and many more questions can be found here:

Continue reading "Legal Wills - Frequently Asked Questions"

Feb 08, 2017

Personal Loan Agreements - Consider this:

calculator and bundles of moneyTerms of Payment:

Consider if/how the borrower can afford to repay the loan within a time period acceptable to the lender. If the payment schedule is not feasible, it will inevitably lead to default which is not the desired outcome.

Interest:

Can you charge interest and at what rate? Should you charge interest?

You don't have to charge interest (with loans to family members for example) but you need to know what the limitations are.

Security:

You could consider tangible goods such as jewelry, art work etc. as collateral to secure a loan. You could also require/demand that the repayment of the loan is guaranteed by having another person sign as co-signor or enter into a separate guaranty agreement with a guarantor.

Review our guidelines and use our free Promissory Note templates to compile your document.

Continue reading "Personal Loan Agreements - Consider this:"

Feb 06, 2017

Durable or Lasting Power of Attorney

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An enduring, durable, continuing or lasting power of attorney is such an important legal document to have in place!

It enables you to appoint the person(s) you wish to look after your affairs when you become incapacitated.

Unlike a normal POA that expires, the directives in this document will endure/last/continue when you are no longer able to make your voice heard.

Here are some step-by-step guidelines (and free templates) to help you plan ahead.

Continue reading "Durable or Lasting Power of Attorney"

Feb 03, 2017

When is a Restraint of Trade Enforceable?

employee tied

It is acceptable for a company or franchise or employer to want to protect a company's business interests.

The keywords here are "reasonable" and are there "proven business interests" that warrant protection.

You then need to consider:

  • The area to which the restriction will apply
  • Which activities will be restricted
  • The duration and the entity to whom the restraint applies

Review our guidelines on how to go about drafting your legal agreement.

Continue reading "When is a Restraint of Trade Enforceable?"

Feb 01, 2017

How Do You Get Copyright?

© on search key

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?"

Jan 30, 2017

Making a Living Will

doctor with stethoscope

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"

Jan 27, 2017

Landlord Tenant Law

house on coin

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"

Jan 25, 2017

Tired of Copyright Infringement?

disc with chain and lock

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 "Tired of Copyright Infringement?"

Jan 23, 2017

Non-Solicitation and No-Competition Agreements

employee solicitation

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"

Jan 19, 2017

Simple Rental Agreement

for rent sign

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"

Jan 17, 2017

What Can Make a Will Invalid?

authorised signature on document

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?"

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