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May 20, 2024

Rental Security Deposit - What's Legally Allowed

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Unfortunately there is not one single specified amount across all jurisdictions.

It is normally at the end of the tenancy when the deposit becomes refundable that disputes arise.

That's why both landlords and tenants must make it their business to find out what is permissible.

In fact, in many states it is a duty of the landlord to inform the tenant of his/her rights.

You need to know which costs can and cannot be deducted and the process that should be followed.

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May 17, 2024

How to Register a Trademark and Why You Should Do So

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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

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May 15, 2024

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

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May 13, 2024

Power of Attorney for Children or Legal Guardianship?

It all depends on your circumstances and which decisions you want another adult to make on your behalf.

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You can make your power of attorney as broad or as limited as you wish. In our free template we show you a number of examples and also some alternative clauses.

Should you have your Power of Attorney notarized? Yes! And we explain the reasons why.

And should you decide that you would rather have a Temporary Guardianship, then you can get the free template and guidelines from us too.

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May 10, 2024

Advance Health Directive - Legal Guidelines

What are the requirements for a Medical Power of Attorney?

elderly woman and health worker

Who can you - should you - appoint as Agent and who does not legally qualify?

And will you stay in charge of your health care or when do they start making decisions on your behalf?

Do you need to file your document with a government office or where should you keep it?

It need not be a daunting task to get this important document in place. We’ll show you how and provide free templates for your use.

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May 08, 2024

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.

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May 06, 2024

Wedding Photography Tips - Legal Guidelines

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It is important for the wedding photographer and (even more so) the bridal couple to have a clear understanding of pertinent details such as:

  • Who owns the copyright of the wedding photographs? Clients may argue that they paid for the work i.e. "work made for hire" and should therefore own the copyright.
    There are a number of ways to address this in the wedding photography contract.
  • Does the photographer need model releases or more specifically, for whom and when is this necessary?
  • Is a retainer (or reservation deposit) refundable?

We also provide free templates for your wedding checklist and photography contract.

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May 03, 2024

Notarized Temporary Guardianship

It adds credibility to have your parental medical consent form or consent for travel notarized.

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Note: Some medical institutions may not regard a medical consent form as valid unless it is notarized!

Use our printable blank notary template to add to your document, which will then be signed in the presence of the notary public or commissioner of oath.

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May 01, 2024

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.

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Apr 26, 2024

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.

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Apr 24, 2024

How to Revoke a Will in 3 Different Ways

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When you wish to revoke a Will, you would want to do it in such a way that it cannot be contested at a later time.

You can do so by executing a new Will, Codicil to Will or you can execute a simple Revocation of Will document.

We provide free templates for all the above.

Incidentally, you can also revoke a Will by a physical act and it may also be revoked by an operation of law or by executing an antenuptial contract with testamentary provisions.

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Apr 22, 2024

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.


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.

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Apr 19, 2024

Free Codicil to Will Form to Amend a Will

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You should review (and amend if necessary) your Will whenever there is a change in your family circumstance, or every couple of years.

If you want to make minor changes to your Will and you do not wish to make a new Will, then take a look at the sample wording in our free codicil templates to alter the provisions in your document.

The printable forms are provided in PDF and Word format and we also provide the legal guidelines for their use.

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Apr 17, 2024

Legal Wills - Frequently Asked Questions

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Starting off a new year with your paperwork in order is a good idea and one of the most important documents to do, may well be your Last Will and Testament.

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?

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

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Apr 15, 2024

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.

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