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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:
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:
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.
Running your business from home? There are some risks you may be exposed to and need to consider.
Here's an overview of a variety of ways in which you can protect yourself and your personal assets against claims.
When writing a will you may need to know:
Answers to these and many more questions can be found here:
Terms 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Review our guidelines on how to go about drafting your legal agreement.
The “right to copy” in work you create is automatically yours!
There are a few exceptions e.g. work created in an employment situation or commissioned work, where the copyright may not be yours.
If it is important to you to direct whether you wish to:
... 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.
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:
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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.
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!
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.
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:
We take a look at the above instances and also provide information on when a person can be disqualified from inheriting.