Nine out of ten successful entrepreneurs have an estate plan, according to a recent survey. Unfortunately, 85% of those estate plans are over five years old. Due to changing tax laws, that means most of these entrepreneurs have estate plans that are out of date. That could mean missed tax savings or unforeseen tax liabilities. To ensure you are not one of those nine entrepreneurs, we recommend scheduling an estate planning conference with our office. […]Continue Reading
Can You Copyright a Tattoo?
The copyright for a tattoo design is often owned by the artist. But once that design is inked on the body, does that artist own the copyright of that image, too? In the popular NBA 2K video game series, players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, and DeAndre Jordan are depicted with their real-world tattoos. The copyrights to those tattoo designs are owned by Solid Oak Sketches, and the company is suing video […]Continue Reading
Four Things Foreign Nationals Should Know about Traveling Abroad
Many foreign nationals travel abroad and renew their visas during the holidays. This process, however, is becoming more challenging, restrictive, and time-consuming. Here are answers to four FAQs that we often receive about this process. What should you do to prepare for the interview? Be informed. Thoroughly prepare for the expected – and expect the unexpected as well. Review the appointment notice. Bring all required documents in a concise and organized fashion, so the documents […]Continue Reading
Giselle was honored to speak at the HR Executive Roundtable about “Untapped Talent: Discovering Fresh New Ways to Diversify and Strengthen your Workforce.” The speakers shared new insights on sources of talent in our community and creative strategies for attracting and recruiting talent. The invite-only event was hosted by Florida Blue in partnership with Right Management.Continue Reading
Is Flipping the Bird Disorderly Conduct or Protected Speech?
In August of 2014, pastor John Berry asked teachers attending his service to stand and be recognized, and he requested that the congregation pray for their success in the upcoming school year. One church member, homeschooling father David Justin Freeman, did not appreciate the request. According to court testimony, Freeman flipped the bird at the pastor and shouted, “Don’t send your kids to the evil public schools. Don’t let Satan or the devil raise your […]Continue Reading
USE IT OR LOSE IT! Consistency in the Use of Your Trademark – Why Is It Important
It is not enough to just register your trademark. You must use it – or lose it. To maintain trademark rights, your trademark must be continuously used in commerce. The mark must appear prominently and consistently on labels or packages of goods and on all marketing materials for services. Trademarks are used to distinguish goods or services from those of their competitors. Consistent use helps customers know a product or service comes from a single […]Continue Reading