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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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"Why me?" Sometimes when we're disappointed because we didn't get the outcome we wanted, it's hard to understand why it happened. It seems unfair that we try hard to achieve our goals with little visible success. It's tough if we did our very best....

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Mary E.

Rated 5 out of 5
July 27, 2017

Francine Ward’s book Esteemable Acts is one of my faves, so the opportunity to join her classes on publishing, social media and copyright how-to was a treat. I learned what I needed to know to further my writing career and more importantly was inspired. Thank you!

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Mary E.

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.

Jon S.

Rated 5 out of 5
October 25, 2016

“My experience with Francine was fantastic! She worked diligently to help me understand documents concerning an LLC contract and provided a great level of detail into my inquiries. Her ability to offer an efficient course of action in my legal matter was certainly welcomed. I highly recommend Francine for her level of professionalism and kindness.”

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Jon S.

Shiroko S.

Rated 5 out of 5
October 21, 2016

Francine did a great job helping me with TOU and privacy policy. She gave me lots of time, did more than was asked of her and educated me about what I needed to do. Which I had no understanding of. She cared that what needed to happen would. There was one glitch where she didn’t know something specific to my situation but she was willing to hear about it and learn what needed to happen.

Overall a great help.

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Shiroko S.

Shawn G.

Rated 5 out of 5
September 23, 2015

I first met Francine when she gave a talk about accidental copyright infringement at a local ASTD chapter. She’s a terrific speaker on what’s usually a dry subject, as well as very knowledgeable. Some time after that I discovered a major bank was using my book for training…without my permission and without paying me. This was aggravating and scary at the same time. How would I go up against such a large company?

I reached out to Francine for help. She calmed me down, was assuring about my power to protect my IP, and suggested next steps. She also reviewed a letter I was to send to the person in charge of the group. Thanks to Francine’s counsel and assistance the company dropped their attempt at theft and later hired me to speak at several national sales meetings.

To borrow from an old ad, we all need a friend in the law business. I highly recommend Francine for help with all copyright, trademark, and IP issues. She is generous with her time and her rates are more than reasonable.

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Shawn G.

Barbara M.

Rated 5 out of 5
August 6, 2014

“Francine Ward is a wonderful business and intellectual property attorney. She provides the best assistance if you need work on copyrights or trademarks. I love working with her and am always impressed with her mastery of technology and the law. I would recommend her to anyone else who needs to protect their intellectual property. She is also a great public speaker and inspiring writer.”

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