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January 2015 Archives

How are your trade secrets protected?

For many businesses, one of its most valuable assets is its intellectual property portfolio. If your business is focused on technology, medical products or drugs, as many in the Boston area are, you probably hold many patents. While patents make up an important element of many businesses IP portfolio, they are only part of that portfolio.

Your divorce and how it will impact your tax return

If you've seen an increase in the number of TurboTax commercials on the TV, then you probably know that one important thing is just around the corner: tax season. Many people consider this to be a stressful time of the year, especially those who have become recently divorced because it can easily generate a copious amount of questions that are not easily answered by the incredibly complex tax code.

Too many beers, not enough names, pt.2

One area where this is becoming more prevalent is the craft beer brewing business. Because of the explosive growth of the market segment, with more than 3,000 breweries, it is not surprising that some brewers give their beers similar or identical names.

Buy a house based on due diligence, not emotion

Although making an "as-is" purchase may be a calculated risk in certain situations, an attorney that focuses on real estate law might caution against applying this approach when buying real estate. In the parlance of real estate law, such "as-is" language might be termed inspection and mortgage contingencies.

Do you really know the value of your business?

If you own your own business, you may think you know what it is worth. After all, you may have created it and built it from the ground up. Who would better understand its value? That may be true, but if you need to sell or transfer a business, you should obtain a professional assessment of your business's value.

Different types of divorce mean varying degree of legal help

For a lot of people across the nation, divorce just means divorce. For them, it means one spouse separating from the other so that they can move on with their lives. But for states like Massachusetts, divorce cannot be defined this easily. That's because our state has four different types of divorce, each of which comes with a different degree of difficulty.

Postnuptial agreements - Keeping non-marital assets organized

Whether through the news or entertainment media, you have no doubt heard the term "prenup" or "prenuptial agreement." A prenuptial agreement is a marital document that parties complete detailing what assets each individual is bringing to the marriage. A postnuptial agreement, then, is a document that married couples use to record non-marital assets.

Too many beers, not enough names, pt.1

Trademark law is not always very well understood by non-lawyers. Concepts, such as "likelihood of confusion," are often made more clear when tied to a specific set of facts. Businesses may begin using a name and fail to recognize the potential trademark problems that may develop as their business changes and grows.

How is debt divided in a Massachusetts divorce?

Property division is considered by many to be the most complex -- and perhaps the most contentious -- part of the divorce process. That's because most people work hard for their money -- both before and during a marriage -- which oftentimes makes it more difficult for people to watch it go to their ex-spouse during a divorce.

Is obtaining a real estate permit approval ever easy?

Information about the various permits and approvals needed to move forward with a commercial development project is provided on the websites maintained by many municipal governments in Massachusetts. For example, the Boston Redevelopment authority maintains a website where information about zoning and planning can be found.

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