Thank you to everyone who has come to this blog. I hope I have been able to give you some understanding of how law works. As it is a time of reflection and planning, I want to take this opportunity to look forward to the future of this blog.
With the rise of the internet, there has been a corresponding rise of free or cheep legal information and documents. To be fair, this blog is one such resource. A decent amount of the information is good, relevant, and helpful for an individual. The problem is that information and a basic understanding of the law is one thing, pulling documents from the internet is another.
Books, plays, movies, and many other ways to convey story all are driven by a similar feature. The creation and development of characters allows a creator to breath life into the story. Copyright law applies to these creative works. The question becomes, how much does Copyright protect a character?
You were on top of everything, at twenty five you had investments and an estate plan. And then something happened. You got married, had kids, life went on. While you were able to keep up with your investments, that estate plan grew older and older. The question becomes, what effect is there of an old estate plan?
Have you ever wandered into a national chain store in Florida and then again in Oregon? They look eerily similar. From the colors of the paint and uniforms, to the entrance ways or flooring. There are some differences, one is bigger, the other has a drive through. In essence, these are minor variations on a theme. National chains feel the same regardless of where the actual brick and mortar store is because of Trade Dress.