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Silvino Diaz

How to Protect your “Ideas”

An idea in a vacuum does not have much inherent value. The protection you may have over your “ideas” – that is, concepts and thoughts that have not yet been realized – arises primarily from two sources – intellectual property rights and contractual obligations.

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EPGD Law Entertainment Law
Business Law
Silvino Diaz

How to sell Design (Part 2)

You offer a service of which you are an expert; However, you have to justify that value. The goal is for the client to understand the value of the service.

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Business Law
Silvino Diaz

Can a U.S Non-Profit Organization Provide Services in Foreign Countries?

Along with registering an organization in the United States, many, if not all countries require proper registration within their governmental agency as well. This not only allows foreign countries to have control over U.S organizations operating within their nation’s borders, it also helps keep track of activities and allows the enforcement of local laws.

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Estate Planning
Niuris Bezanilla

What is Ancillary Probate?

The primary probate proceeding is usually held in the decedent’s state of residence or home state. However, a state probate court only has authority over property in its own jurisdiction; it does not have the power to issue orders for property that is located in another state. Therefore, an additional probate proceeding becomes necessary.

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EPGD Law Entertainment Law
Business Law
Silvino Diaz

How to sell Design (Part 1)

Most clients, in those first meetings, are looking to know what you are thinking as a designer, so they can then go to another one with whom they have more trust so they can do a similar job to the one you presented. Many times, they end up doing poor work.

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EPGD Law Copyright Law
Business Law
Silvino Diaz

Copyrights Myths #2 – “If I mail Myself my work and I don’t open the Envelope…”

…I can vindicate my rights without having to register it” – is not correct. This method is known as the “poor man’s rule,” and proposes that if one encloses in a copy of, for example, a guitar composition recorded on a disc, and mails it to his or herself and does not open the envelope, this will evidence, by the postal stamp, the date of the work’s creation.

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Estate Planning
Niuris Bezanilla

Kobe Bryant and The Importance of Estate Planning

Unfortunately, the passing of a young and healthy individual like Bryant occurs more often than one would like to acknowledge and does not make headline news.  When these ill-fated events take place, families are often left to mourn the death of a loved one while also navigating the complexities of administering an estate that was not properly planned.

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EPGD Law Entertainment Law
Intellectual Property Law
Silvino Diaz

8 Things to keep in mind when Inventing (Part 2)

Once the application is submitted, a rigorous evaluation by USPTO officials follows, to certify that what you present as your “claim” in your application is useful, novel and non-obvious. It is also used to check that there is no current patent on it.

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EPGD Law Entertainment Law
Business Law
Silvino Diaz

A Music Artist’s Dream Team

Equally essential elements converge with music that deserve the attention of experts, such as the artist is to his art. Examples are image creation, distribution strategies, and alliances with entities that invest in, or subsidize, efforts.

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Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Bullying in the Workplace

Workplace bullying is generally known as the repeated mistreatment of a person by one or more employees that takes the form of verbal abuse or conduct or behaviors that are threatening, intimidating, or humiliating.

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Tax Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Taxes Upon Conversion

Corporations are often today converted into “disregarded entities” for tax purposes, such as avoiding “double taxation”. A disregarded entity is a business that is not separated from the owner for tax purposes.

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Business Litigation
Eric Gros-Dubois

Are ADA Compliant Website Lawsuits a Scam?

There are no clear regulations defining website accessibility. Typically, courts conduct a flexible, case-by-case analysis, to ensure that the Act requirements are not unduly burdensome to businesses.

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Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

What is an Integration Clause in a Legal Contract?

Often times, contracts that have integration clauses are referred to as integration contracts. The purpose of an integrated contract is to assure that any material, terms or agreements that are fully intended to be in the contract are included.

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Franchise Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Can a Franchisee Sue a Franchisor for Item 19 Misrepresentations?

Item 19 disclosures are the disclosures that potential franchisees rely on the most when deciding whether to open a franchise. Thus, a franchisor needs to be careful to not make any overly robust financial presentations or promises. To begin with, a franchisor is not required to provide an answer to the most important question, “how much money can I make?”.

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Homestead Exemption
Eric Gros-Dubois

Can my Homestead Assessment Savings be Transferred from my old Property to my new Property?

Imagine being a homeowner in Florida, selling your home and not buying a new home until three years later. Did you know that you were most likely receiving property tax savings at your old property? And better yet, you could have transferred some or all of those savings to your new property if you had just filed a homestead portability application within two years.

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Business Litigation
Eric Gros-Dubois

How can I Report an Amazon Vendor if I am a Seller or Buyer?

Recently, stories have surfaced about consumers purchasing expired goods, broken products, and even counterfeit items. Additionally, some sellers are losing business to other sellers who market these fraudulent or defective items. Whether you are an Amazon buyer or seller, here’s how you can protect yourself.

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Tax Law
Niuris Bezanilla

Foreign Partnerships & Tax Form 8813

Under Internal Revenue Code “IRC” Section 1446, a partnership of this sort may be made up of any kind of foreign corporation, international organization, non-resident individual or foreign estate or trust. Any partnership that falls under the definition of 1446 must pay the required withheld taxes mandated by the IRS.

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