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Whether you are just getting your business started or a seasoned business owner, Francine’s 30 years of experience in business and intellectual property law will provide the expertise necessary to give you peace of mind by protecting your content, your brand, your business structure, and your estate.

Francine is Of Counsel at Monty White, LLP, a full service law firm in San Rafael, CA. She heads its Business and Intellectual Property Law Group, as well as managing its Palm Desert, CA office. Francine is a 1989 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

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Famous Copyright Case

Famous Copyright Case

Famous Copyright Case. Lady Liberty. Copyright Law provides that the owner of a copyright has several exclusive rights in their copyright protected content. Among those rights are the rights to reproduce, to display, and to distribute your...

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The Forgiveness Factor

The Forgiveness Factor

Key to Forgiveness. Willingness to Forgive. The key to forgiveness is a willingness to forgive.  Just saying "I forgive you" doesn't rid you of the anger. Think about it: How often have you seen someone who says he's forgiven someone else and is...

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How to Avoid Probate

How to Avoid Probate

3 Reasons to Avoid Probate When you die, under probate it’s likely your heirs will have to sign documents in order to receive their inheritance. This can happen if you own property in your name only and if you haven’t expressly designated a...

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David Y.

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August 19, 2021

The first time I me Francine Ward, her beauty and presence as a person really stood out. She is a confident and a very likable woman with I must say elegant beauty. I later found out that beauty was as much inside also. Working with Francine was an absolute joy. She was alway on time, always extremely well prepared, and in tune with what my needs were. As an attorney, I couldn’t have found a more loving, spiritual, and intelligent attorney. I recommend Francine very highly.

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Keiko

Rated 5 out of 5
September 3, 2020

“I hired Francine Ward to provide me with legal advice, trademark assistance, and to help me develop contract documents during my business startup. She is a pleasure to work with, and very knowledgeable, responsive, and client-focused. I highly recommend her to other entrepreneurs who are looking for legal support for IP, contracts, and general business matters.”

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Keiko

Maureen K.

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2018

“As an avid conference fan…Francine is truly in the top 1% of great motivational speakers. She joins with her audience and touches the hearts and souls of the listeners. Her message is universal and embraces humor and joy… Francine’s message… triggered a chain of events that not only cemented one the best events our agency ever sponsored but created a cascading effect.”

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Lisa H.

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2017

“I had a very positive experience working with Francine. I needed advice on a book idea I had, and she designed a Waiver and Release form for me. Her work was thorough, timely, and exactly what I needed. I look forward to working with Francine in the future.”

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Lisa T.

Mark G.

Rated 5 out of 5
June 11, 2017

“Francine was an absolute professional when working with her to have our retirement planning process trademarked. Over a period of months we communicated via email, telephone conference, and webinars to layout our plan to achieve our goal. Francine was able to guide us through the labyrinth of legal potholes and landmines which allowed us to not only get our process trademarked, but to obtain a registered trademark! There is no doubt that without her help we would not have been able to achieve the highest standard. Thanks again Francine!”

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Mark G.

Nancy B.

Rated 5 out of 5
May 17, 2017

“I was leery about a contract a publisher asked me to sign, but I wanted to sell my piece.

I yearned for the by-line and all the future potential that came with it. Getting my writing published has been a long, brutal process, and I didn’t want to blow my big chance. But the contract required me to forfeit all my rights, in perpetuity, and I knew in my gut I would regret it if I signed this contract.

Then I attended one of Francine Ward’s seminars and got her input. “Publishers want your work because they can make money on it. They’re business people,” she reminded me, “and sometimes their objectives collide with yours.” I heard the authenticity, wisdom, and heartfelt earnestness in her tone. At that moment, I needed to hear those words, especially from a person whose authority on the subject I could respect and trust.

Carefully applying the thoughtful advice in Ms. Ward’s presentation, I crafted a new agreement, one in which the rights to my story reverted back to me after a reasonable period of time. The publisher signed it.

I got my price. I got my terms. And my relationship with the publisher has never been better. Thank you, Francine.”

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Nancy B.

Carl D.

Rated 5 out of 5
November 8, 2016

I highly recommend Francine Ward. Having Francine as the Entertainment Lawyer for my wife and I, and our Production company has been such a blessing.

She’s extremely professional and also believes in our vision.

Francine’s time management is perfect for our phone calls and our online meetings, plus if anything ever comes up, she’ll let us know ahead of time.

She’s meticulous and so on the ball when it comes to our contracts, agreements, trademarks, copyrights, etc.

Looking forward to taking Francine to the Oscars one day soon w/ my wife, our Business parter and I.

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Carl D.

Tina C.

Rated 5 out of 5
November 8, 2016

“Francine has truly been a blessing to me and is absolutely a pleasure to work with! As a professional female bodybuilder, my success, thus far, has been due to training and hard work in sculpting my physique. However, when it comes to actually making myself a brand and business, Francine has definitely helped guide me in the right direction to protecting my rights and intellectual property. There have been numerous times that she helped protect my image, logo, and photos as well as successfully file copyrights and trademarks. She is masterful In her knowledge of the law and allows the experience to be seamless in a field that is all confusing and complicated!”

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Tina C.

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