Letter of Intent
In a typical residential sales transaction, the first formal document usually exchanged is an offer, usually by the buyer to the seller. The seller then either accepts or submits a counter-offer, and back and forth it goes until one side either accepts the other's counter-offer or calls off the negotiations. Upon the acceptance being communicated the two sides have successfully entered into a legally binding … Read More
Confirm Your Easement Access
Have you purchased or handled a sale of rural land with a winding, dusty private driveway that crossed neighboring property once or twice before reaching the public road? Did you compare that driveway with the property deed, to see if the deed included an "easement" for the driveway? Did the legal description of the easement actually match the driveway's layout? When you are buying unimproved land, it is essential … Read More
How Domestic Partners Can Hold Title to Property in Arizona
In today's world, fewer marriages exist and more people are cohabitating in committed relationships for various reasons.
Arizona's community property laws do not apply to the ownership of real property between unmarried individuals. This limits the way in which title can be held, but also raises additional issues, such as what happens to the property upon the death of one of the individuals.
If two people … Read More
Protect Your Brand Against Cyber Squatters on the Internet
Maybe you have heard that the Internet is about to drastically change. Maybe you have heard that by the middle of this year, domain names ending in .app, .web, .pizza, .shop, .hotel, .restaurant and over a thousand others will become available for public registration. These new extensions are called generic top level domains, or gTLDs.
If you are a brand owner and have given this any thought, you … Read More
Understanding Intellectual Property is Critical to Proper Due Diligence
With technology invading almost every aspect of our life, intellectual property rights are valuable and complex. While traditional assets are usually easy to identify, IP assets are not. Successful business owners and managers know that identifying a problem and solving it is at the heart of maintaining profitability and providing a superior service or product. Identifying the problem is easy, … Read More
Where Did My Wikipedia Go? Just the Facts on SOPA and PIPA
If you used to think that SOPA was a misspelling of soap, after January 18th, 2012 you know better. What is now being called, National SOPA Blackout Day, the internet was flooded with thousands of articles, hundreds of petitions and most chilling to many users - blocked websites. Wikipedia shut down its services for the day and Google's home screen icon contained a censorship box that lead to even more petitions … Read More
Warning! Co-Creation Hazard Ahead
Brainstorming and collaborating frequently produces superior work. For that reason, it is not surprising that many creative works, in the art and literature world, as well as in the business world, are the result of co-creation. Unfortunately, it is common for disputes to arise over co-created materials. That is not to say you shouldn't collaborate. It is, however, essential that the … Read More
Know Who You Are Doing Business With On the Internet
We are all used to clicking the "I agree" button and frequently we click without reading the lengthy terms and conditions. While many are long, these virtual agreements bring with them rights, responsibilities and restrictions. By clicking "I Agree", you have created a contract. In the on-line order process, frequently you will click on an agreement button, again creating a contract. … Read More
Easy Steps to Protect Your Website
There is nothing more frustrating than learning that the technical or product information that you wrote, or the photographs that you took for your website have been stolen and used on someone else's website. Sometimes the copying is so blatant that the other website looks just like yours! If a competitor steals your website content, it can do real damage to your business. Website copying is common … Read More
Have You Ever Been Greenwashed?
There is a good chance you have never even heard of greenwashing. Yet, your company may be at risk by engaging in the practice of greenwashing. Wikipedia defines greenwashing as the practice of companies disingenuously spinning their products and policies as environmentally friendly. In today's world, "green" is good marketing, but saying your product is green when it isn't can have significant consequences. … Read More