Now, later, or too late? Knowing the optimal time to trademark your company’s name

In the rush to get to market, business owners often postpone branding and trademark considerations for the day when cash and time are less scarce. After selecting a catchy name for the business, its products, or services, today’s entrepreneurs typically acquire domain names, print business cards, design and print packaging, and start advertising. Often times, though, too little thought is …

Now, later, or too late? Knowing the optimal time to trademark your company’s name

In the rush to get to market, business owners often postpone branding and trademark considerations for the day when cash and time are less scarce. After selecting a catchy name for the business, its products, or services, today’s entrepreneurs typically acquire domain names, print business cards, design and print packaging, and start advertising. Often times, though, too little thought is …

Don’t get caught napping!

Defamation and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress – Another Day at the Park This past week, satirists, haters of the law, and comedians around the world had cause to celebrate yet again as another seemingly frivolous lawsuit landed with a yawn, or rather a snore, above newspaper folds across the country in the media’s attention, when napping New York Yankees …

Joint tenancy: a bitter inheritance

I remember as a kid when my siblings and I would get into fights while traveling on trips, and my father would threaten “Do I need to pull the car over?” That was always enough to stop the dispute. Improper estate planning can bring back those memories – by rekindling childish jealousies among adult children. But this time, if you …

Can your child support be modified?

If it has been more than one year since your child support order was entered by the Court, it is probably time to take your child support in for a check-up. Chances are that either you or former spouse has had an increase or decrease in income since the time your child support order was entered, or have had a …

Personal injury cases and subrogation

I will continue future posts related to the adoption process, but presently, I would like to highlight an area of my personal injury practice that arises in many, if not all, cases. While I have had the privilege of serving clients in slip and fall cases and other premise liability matters, many personal injury cases involve automobile collisions. Sadly, some …

Intellectual property assets: protecting your trade secrets

Are you taking the steps necessary to protect your business’s trade secrets? A type of intellectual property, trade secrets include formulas, processes, methods, or other business information kept confidential in order to maintain a competitive advantage in the market place. A trade secret can also be a secret recipe-like KFC’s “11 herbs and spices,” a mystery ingredient-like in Coca-Cola’s formula, …

The hidden costs of litigation

Some clients who seek to resolve a dispute through a lawsuit, or who find themselves engaged in the litigation process may be confronted with litigation costs of a kind that they did not anticipate before filing. Included in that list of expenses are some that may not be easy to recognize, such as costs that are financial, personal, and even …

No will, big problem?

I recently met with prospective clients who have two children over the age of 18, and no Last Will & Testament. We discussed estate planning options and at the end of the conversation the husband asked a simple question. Why do I need a Last Will & Testament if everything I own will just pass to my wife when I …

Child custody

What will the Court consider in making the determination? In Tennessee, the Court has many statutory factors it must consider when initially determining custody as a result of divorce or a child being born to unmarried parents, or a change of custody from one parent to another. The Court must weigh each of these factors together and make a determination …