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Dead or Alive: The Internet

Dead or Alive: The Internet

I'm not into conspiracy theories, but this one is worth the read. As an Intellectual Property lawyer, I'm always keeping an eye on the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and how that impacts the world of law. Enter "The Dead-Internet Theory". It's the widely...

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Estate Planning Myths

Estate Planning Myths

One reason estate planning is such a difficult process is because most of us don’t want to think we won’t live forever. And sometimes we buy into an assortment of estate planning myths. Here are just a few: Estate Planning Myth #1: Only the Rich Need an Estate Plan...

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Today I'd like to discuss cultivating an attitude of gratitude. How do you get started on a journey of acknowledging and appreciating all of the goodness in your life? Here are three simple steps: Step 1:  Cultivate an attitude of gratitude in which you choose to...

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Artificial Intelligence. Patents.

Artificial Intelligence. Patents.

Artificial Intelligence is alive and well. Forget the hover cars and cities floating in space. Ex Machina has come to life and wants the right to obtain a patent. While we sit at home waiting for our Alexa’s to tell us what to do, courts wrestle with the newest...

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Internet Crime.   

Internet Crime.  

Earlier this year, the FBI released the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report (the “FBI Crime Report”), which included CoVID scam statistics. The FBI assessed 791,790 complaints of suspected crimes on the Internet. This was an increase of...

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Who Owns AI created content?

Who Owns AI created content?

Who owns AI created content? I have long thought that this is a battle of artificial intelligence (“AI”) waiting to be fought. A Pandora’s Box waiting to be opened, with contents unable to be contained.  Missouri physicist Stephen Thaler has opened the Box and...

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Consider Non Taxable Gifts in 2021

Consider Non Taxable Gifts in 2021

Non Taxable Gifts not Included in Your Taxable Estate In this current political climate, it’s easy to be frightened away from making Non Taxable Gifts or tax-free gifts, medical payments, and educational gifts to or for the benefit of your loved ones. Make Annual...

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Special Needs Child or Grandchild

Special Needs Child or Grandchild

All children are a blessing. From the day they are born, you begin making plans to ensure their future. What will their interests be? What job will they have? Who will they marry? While these are common concerns for most families, this concern is heightened when that...

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Estate Documents – Time to Update?

Estate Documents – Time to Update?

Are your estate documents stale? Are they still protecting you? Estate Documents and Income Tax?Make sure your estate documents are current. With the growing estate tax exclusion amount, this tax has been effectively repealed for about 99.8% of the country. ...

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“Paying” with a Gift Card

“Paying” with a Gift Card

Is it safe? The FTC’s Consumer Protection Data Spotlight says that “gift card fraud” has topped the list since 2018 as the number one way people lose money to fraud.  It may not be happening the way you think it is, though. Scammers are reaching out via phone...

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Copyright Modernization Act

Copyright Modernization Act

Updating the Copyright Office IT system to ease the process. In years past, the registration of a copyright was not necessarily difficult, but it was a very long process.  While parts of the process could be done online in recent decades, there were still times...

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ZOOM. Trademark Registration

ZOOM. Trademark Registration

The importance of registering your trademarks cannot be overstated. At a minimum, file an Intent to Use application, if you intend to use the trademark. But you should definitely file for trademark protection the moment you start to use your mark. Why? Because if you...

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Annuity Tax Rules: A Great Tool.

Annuity Tax Rules: A Great Tool.

Annuity Tax Rules Have Never Been Better. Nonqualified deferred annuities (NQDAs) are an important financial tool for many clients.  That being said, they do not offer the same tax-free death benefits as life insurance. Nor do they offer the tax-advantaged...

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