Legal Update from
Your Legal Resource
March 2011

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Lori T. Williams, Esq.
Owner/Managing Attorney
Your Legal Resource, PLLC 
P.O. Box 1552
Birmingham, MI  48012-1552 
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This month's theme is about business planning and protecting intellectual property in your business.  Attorney Matt Bower is our guest blogger and he shares some tips on how to protect your IP and your business.  Read Article 1 below. 

You may want to attend our lunch and learn on March 24th, featuring Attorneys Chris Berry and Matt Bower, who will conduct a legal roundtable to share information and answer your questions about succession planning, business law, and intellectual property issues that affect your business.  Click here for more information and to register for the event.     



Lori T. Williams, Esq.
Owner/Managing Attorney
Your Legal Resource, PLLC

Article 1: Protecting your intellectual property and your business 


By Guest Blogger: Attorney Matthew W. Bower


Entrepreneurs are, by their very nature, energetic risk-takers often with a singular focus on launching their product or service. That kind of dedication and focus is terrific for getting to market and developing value quickly. Unfortunately, that "get-it-done-and-work-out-the-problems-later" approach can have tragic consequences where the business's intellectual property is neglected in the process; particularly for today's startup businesses where IP (such as software, patents, and trademarks) plays a vital part. If the IP is not secure, the entire business value is in jeopardy. If the business value is in jeopardy, it may be very difficult finding investors or carrying out an exit strategy.


How does the startup or early-stage company protect its IP? Here are a few tips:


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Article 2:  Is it time for a business checkup?
By: Lori T. Williams, Esq.
Protecting your business is not optional, it is essential!  What types of protection you need will vary, based on the type of business you have.  3 person meeting
Do you have a unique logo or trademark as part of your brand? Did you file the appropriate papers to register your trademark or servicemark so no one else can use it?  Have you invented a unique product or process which is patentable?  
Creating the right business structure is another type of protection.  Should your business be a C Corp, S Corp, or will an LLC suffice?   
Liability can occur in ways you never expected.  screaming frustrated manSome profiles and other content created on social media sites have been used as evidence in civil and criminal matters. 
These concepts are just the "tip of the iceburg" in terms of protecting you and your business from liability or infringement of your rights. 
business advisor and clientGet counsel from a specialist in the area of law which pertains to your business.  It's a good idea to have annual checkups with your attorney, if not more often, to make sure you are up to date on that latest changes in the law, as well as protecting any new intellectual property you may have created. 

As a 22 year attorney and owner of Your Legal Resource, I take the guess work out of finding the right lawyer for you! Call today for a FREE consultation at 248-594-4470. 




Most people know when they need an attorney, and they might even know an attorney or two.  Yet, often they don't know how to find the right attorney for their situation. 
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75% of Americans hire an attorney recommended by their family.
65% of them are unhappy with the services that attorney provided.


Don't you deserve better Odds than that? 
Attorney Lori Williams has put together a large network of lawyers she personally knows and has worked with over the past 20 years, who are located throughout Metro Detroit, and are ready to serve you.  Each lawyer has experience (10-30 years) in different areas of law, and will handle your legal issues promptly, professionally and affordably.  You'll receive a FREE referral to the right attorney for you, whether it be for personal legal services as an individual, or for your small business. 
Our specialists handle all the areas of law, including:

-Business Law (Set up a corporation or  LLC; protect intellectual property through patents, trademarks, copyrights; draft/review contracts or operating agreements or licensing agreements for your business);

-Estate Planning and Succession planning  (wills/trusts/powers of attorney; buy sell agreements);

 -Family Law (divorce/custody/support);


-Personal Injury;

-Workers Compensation;

-Social Security Disability;


-Real Estate/Foreclosure/Loan Modifications;
-Criminal matters; 

-Employment Law;


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Our Services:
Lori T. Williams is a 22 year attorney and the owner of a legal referral and legal consulting business knows as Your Legal Resource.  She connects the right client in need of legal advice or representation with the right attorney.  Her team of attorneys cover all areas of law throughout Metro Detroit.
Lori also helps solo/small firm attorneys and other professionals start and grow their practices by effectively branding and marketing themselves,  
mastering networking, and creating effective strategic relationships to generate clients and revenue.

Your referrals are the heart and soul of our business and we are very grateful for them.  Call us today if you know anyone in need of legal advice or any attorneys looking to grow their practice.



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For a FREE consultation and a legal referral, or a FREE marketing assessment of your business,

Lori T. Williams, Esq.
Owner/Managing Attorney
Your Legal Resource, PLLC
P.O. Box 1552
Birmingham, Michigan 48012-1552