Game-Changing Decision – I’m Launching a Business & Executive Coaching Practice

Friends and colleagues, I have made a game-changing decision. Some of you have already heard, as emails and successive social media posts create a series of “mini-launches” rather than one definitive LAUNCH. I am hanging up my shingle, stepping aside from the practice of law, and launching a business and executive coaching practice geared toward attorneys, […]

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Never, Ever Unstaple a Will (And Did I Mention Never, Ever?)

Who would have thought that a small and simple object that (can draw blood if squeezed into a finger but otherwise) appears relatively harmless could blow your entire estate plan? The common staple remover. An enemy of well-drafted last will and testaments and well-made estate plans nationwide. [Note: This post was written while I was […]

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What is the Supplemental Register for U.S. Federal Trademark and Service Mark Registration?

The Federal Trademark Register of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two sections: the Principal Register and the Supplemental Register. The vast majority of the time, a trademark applicant applies for registration the Principal Register. The Supplemental Register is reserved for marks that are currently “nondistinctive” in the eyes of the USPTO (or […]

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Founding Your Nonprofit: Incorporation and Tax Exemption

Taking a nonprofit from a dream to a viable entity involves weeding through the state incorporation and federal tax exemption process. Would-be founders of a nonprofit often find this a daunting marathon rather than a quick sprint. Indeed, there are many steps to be followed (with the proverbial “i” dotting and “t” crossing) and a […]

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Aren’t Band-Aid [Brand Adhesive Bandages] Great? (My First Cut at Trademark Law)

I got a cut on my ring finger the other day, trying to lift a heavy box of duraflame® logs into a cart at Fairway. (For the avoidance of doubt and preservation of amusement, that’s Fairway Like No Other Market (a.k.a. Fairway Como Ningún Otro Mercado), not the unrelated Fairway, maker of nonmetal gates, fences, […]

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