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Estate Planning: Prepare for the worst, and plan for a great Spring vacation

Spring vacation season approaches and people are beginning to plan on how to overfill suitcases with swimsuits, sunglasses and beach accessories. As families make arrangements to fly somewhere distant together, dark thoughts sometimes cross the sunny landscape. “What if the plane goes down with all of us aboard? Do I have a current Will? If…

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Government Contracts: Specificity of Contractor Bids

When submitting a bid, it is the duty of the party making the offer to demonstrate an understanding of the project requirements.  This means that the party making the offer must include an adequate approach to performing all requirements and make the written bid specific enough as to leave nothing up to interpretation or misunderstanding…

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Estate Planning: A New Measure of Certainty for Estate Planning

The new American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 enacted in response to the infamous Fiscal Cliff  now provides estate and financial planners with more definite rules for the foreseeable future. The Federal estate tax exemption was set to drop from $5.12 million per person to $1 million per person in 2013. This would have meant…

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Intellectual Property Law: The previous play is under review.

“The previous play is under review.” San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the latest on a long list of celebrities and sports figures to turn to trademark law in the effort to protect something believed to be rightfully theirs. These efforts are sometimes fleeting, and they often bring the ire of fans. However, the…

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Intellectual Property Law: Size Matters for TVs on Super Bowl Sunday

A familiar question dependably re-emerges at about this time each year. It essentially asks “can I get in copyright trouble for having a Super Bowl party with a big screen TV?” This post gives you some ground rules in order to spare everyone from the possibility of being arrested by the copyright police .  (Disclaimer:…

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Government Contracts: Timing for Challenges to Solicitation Procedures

Challenges to Solicitation Procedures, Such as Amendments to Solicitations, Must Be Made Before Contracts are Awarded  The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that, where a protest is based upon a defect in the bid solicitation process, the protest must be made before the bid is awarded. In the case of Comint Systems…

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