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Protecting your intellectual property

Developing a new business idea or inventing a new product can be a daunting prospect -- there is so much in the way of legal protections that many do not know where to start. Although acquiring legal protections for your intellectual property is extremely important, once you have done your research, you will see that it's not as complex as you might think.

This blog will provide a brief overview of how you can go through the process of protecting your intellectual property in the right way.

Post-divorce: Maintaining a relationship with your children

When you are going through a divorce, things can get heated and unpleasant with you and your former spouse. But one of the most worrying aspects of a divorce is the negative affect it may have on your children and how it might alter the relationship that you have with them.

This blog will give a brief overview on some steps that you can take to ensure that you make the transition as a single parent.

Think about taxes as you divorce

No matter your income, divorce can be pricey. Divorce is life altering to say the least. You will have to adjust to life apart. It is possible that you may have to get a new place of residence. You will need to go through all of your belongings and divide up your life as you know it. It is likely that your financial plan for the future will need to be adjusted. This can be because you will be reduced to one income. Your children will factor in. The division and selling of assets can also make a difference.

When you divorce, you should keep taxes in mind. Divorce and taxes can be impacted in several ways. 

Are 401(k) plans negotiable divorce assets?

Divorces are never easy, and navigating the financial side alone can be a complex task. But when it comes to the financial negotiations, it is vitally important to keep a level head and do your research. In a high-asset divorce there is a lot at stake, and financial negotiations can become highly disputed.

This blog is a brief introduction about spousal rights to assets such as the 401(k) plan.

What is the law on breaching business contracts?

In the unpredictable and imperfect world that we live in, contracts that are not abided by is an unfortunate reality. This might be a situation where a payment arrives late, or an unexpected event occurs to change the circumstances that the original contract was created around.

This blog acts as a brief overview to how the law can protect those who have had a contract breached.

Tips to help couples get through a high-asset divorce

Divorce can be a complex process for any couple to navigate. For couples that have accumulated a lot in assets, those complexities quickly compound.

One reason high-asset divorces are more complicated is because there are more things that need to be split up. Additionally, some assets are more difficult to divide. Vacation property, a small business or offshore accounts are just a few types of assets that are harder to divide during divorce proceedings.

Divorce, business complications highlight bizarre case

While the following story isn't occurring here in Tennessee, it is still an incredible example of how high asset divorces can be very complicated, and also how divorce and business law can intertwine in convoluted yet important ways.

The owner of a fan company, Twin City Fan Company, was booted from his role within the company by his three sons. He is also in the middle of a divorce that involves allegations that he used company funds for his mistress. Obviously there is a lot to unpack there, but the situation is very serious. The company is one of the largest privately owned companies in Minnesota, with numerous locations across five states. The business employs roughly 1,500 people.

ROADMAP OF A DEFAMATION LAWSUIT

Disclaimer: This blog post is not legal advice. This post is intended to give a bit of background information about Defamation Law in the State of Tennessee. Each case is different and there is a meaningful distinction between having a cognizable claim and whether or not it is wise to bring a lawsuit. For legal advice applicable to your specific situation, always contact a licensed attorney in your state.

What you need to know about patent applications

A patent is a legal right of an inventor to own his or her design or invention. This blog will serve as a brief introduction to what patents are, their main categories and knowing what can be patented.

There are three different types of patents. Utility patents are assigned to machines, substances or algorithms that have been invented or engineered. Design patents are granted for the way something looks, whether it is an object like a laptop or a logo. Plant patents are assigned to the right to reproduce living organisms through asexual reproduction.

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