Monthly Archives: June 2008

Trademarks and Trademark Records

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Trademarks can be an important aspect of a business. A trademark can be a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these. Trademarks are used to identify and uniquely distinguish the products or services of a business, individual, or other entity. Generally, marks used to distinguish products are referred to as trademarks, while marks used to distinguish services and the source of the services may be called “service marks. Titles and character names from radio and television programs could be service marks.  

So, why would you need a trademark? Trademarks are considered to be a form … Read More

Should You Trust That Attorney? Check Their Disciplinary Records

We entrust some of our most important decisions to attorneys:  the beginning and end of marriages, property matters, the distribution of estates, business transactions, possible prison terms, and the list can go on and on.  In many ways an attorney can have a lot of power over your life.  So, how can you make sure that the attorney, who is or will be engaging in potentially life altering decisions on your behalf, is the right person to trust?  Attorney referral services or referrals from family and friends are one way to make sure you’re using a reputable attorney.  Yet, these … Read More

Arizona State Employee Discipline Records to Become Public Records

House Bill 2159, which was approved by the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives this week will make state employee disciplinary records open to the public. Currently, the names, positions, and salaries of state employees are public records; however, this new bill would create an extra level of transparency.

The bill was created as part of an effort to reform Child Protective Services, which is a state agency. Sadly, three Arizona children died last year while being monitored by Child Protective Services. House Bill 2159 is part of an effort to bring more accountability and transparency to actions of state … Read More

Bankruptcy Cases and Records

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There are different types of bankruptcy.  The bankruptcy types are referred to by the chapter of the Federal Bankruptcy Act which they are regulated by.  The two most common types of bankruptcy that involve people (not businesses) are called Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. 

Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves liquidating all assets to pay creditors.  Depending on the state law, certain pieces of property can remain exempt from liquidation, such as certain personal items.  During a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, you will be required to file several forms with the court regarding finances and debts.  A court appointed trustee will be … Read More

Is That Business Legit? Check Their Business Records

Businesses can come in many different forms. There are several different types of legal entities which generally dictate who runs the company as well as having tax related implications. The types of business entities include corporations, limited liability corporations, limited liability partnerships, non-profit organization, and sole proprietorship.

Knowing the type of entity a business is registered as could be a valuable piece of information. For example, if a company is a sole proprietorship, which means it is only owned by one person, typically no other person can legally enter into a business contract on that company’s behalf other than the … Read More

Workplace Injury? The Workers Compensation System Could Help

If you were injured at your place of employment, workers compensation is an area of law you may want to become familiar with. Workers compensation, also known as workers comp, involves insurance for employees who are injured while on the job. Most employers are required to have workers comp insurance. Some exceptions include businesses with less than five employees. Injuries covered under workers comp insurance can range from slip and falls, to asbestos exposure diseases, to carpal tunnel, depending on the profession.

Workers comp, however, is different from many other areas of law, in that the general goal of workers … Read More

Oconee County Records To Go Online in 2009!

Oconee County in South Carolina is less than a year away from online access to court records.

Since the year 2000, the South Carolina Judicial Department has been on a mission to create a modern way of dealing with court matters and accessing court documents. There are currently 18 counties that are part of South Carolina’s online Case Management System.  The counties which currently have online access to court documents include Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Cherokee, Clarendon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter and York counties. Now, Oconee will soon be added to that list, … Read More

Could New Laws Create Easier Access To Public Records?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and various public records laws throughout the States have done much to expand the type of information the public has access to. Having access to public records allows citizens an opportunity to review and investigate what their elected officials are doing with their time in office. However, one roadblock encountered by many is that some government agencies may be less than forthcoming when presented with records requests. Or, there may be so many hoops to jump through before one can gain access to a record, that obtaining that record may not seem worth the … Read More

Probate: What is it, Where Does it Happen?

Probate is a legal process involving the property of someone who has died. The probate process determines who will inherit the decedents property and it occurs whether a person dies with a will (testate) or without a will (intestate). Probate is necessary even with the existence of a will because a court needs to confirm that the will is legally valid before any property is transferred. Generally, one person is appointed to manage the probate process. If the person was named in the decedent’s will, they are called an executor or executrix. If there was no will, than the individual … Read More