A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine D. Ward has been practicing law for 31 years. She is an intellectual property, estate planning, will and trust attorney admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. Ward is Of Counsel at Monty White LLP in Ran Rafael, CA. She is respected and recognized in her profession as a competent, dedicated, and thorough attorney, who is always looking for ways to resolve her client’s problems.
Francine’s Intellectual Property practice focuses on helping clients protect a) valuable creative content through copyright protection; b) their distinctive designs, logos, words, phrases, and other source identifiers through trademark protection;
c) their books and other licensed work through carefully negotiated publishing and licensing agreements, and d) their purses by sensibly navigating social media legal issues. In other words, by Knowing the Law. In response to people who say they found legal information on Google, Ward says, “Google does NOT offer competent legal advice.”
Francine’s estate planning practice focuses on the special needs planning for the most vulnerable, as well as the needs of high net-worth clients. In addition to preparing proper estate documents based on the changing nature of the law, Francine counsels clients on the best estate plan for their needs. Such documents include trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, assignments of assets, certificates of trust, and trust deed recording documents. Not everyone needs a trust-based estate plan, for some people a will-based plan is sufficient. And for some people, an irrevocable trust is more appropriate than a revocable trust. Understanding the clear distinction between the two types of estate plans is not just about spitting out documents at a trust-mill document factory, it’s about knowing the nuances of each and being able to competently explain the differences. Again, it’s about Knowing the Law.
Francine is an active participant in her church community, her support community, and her legal community. A leader in the American Bar Association’s 19,000+ Intellectual Property Law Section. She currently chairs both the IPL Attorney Wellness Committee and the Copyright and Social Media Committee. In addition she currently serves on the International Trademark Association’s Internet Committee. Finally, not having enough to do, she is an adjunct professor at the California Desert Trial Academy of Law in Indio, California where she teaches intellectual property and contract drafting.
Francine D. Ward
Attorney-At-Law, Author, Speaker