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The importance of having a will or trust
The death of a family member can be devastating. Not having a will or trust can make matters worse, and put a family's future at risk. Today, almost half of Americans do not have a will or trust.Not having a will or trust can cause a great amount of grief when it comes to memorial decisions, division of assets and child custody.
The two most common justifications for not having a will or trustis cost and the feeling that it is not "needed now."A common misconception is that a will is only about allocating money, but there are other reasons why a will is important. Wills establish guidance over houses, cars and other physical assets. Wills and trusts also establish the future ownership and responsibility of items of emotional significance such as digital photos, emails, files, and social media profiles. Wills also clarify your wishes for your pets.
Patents, copyrights and trademarks can be confusing and are often misunderstood. Although they are all types of intellectual property law, they are different and each has their own legal purpose.
Copyrights offer protection for authors of original works and are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. This includes literature, dramas, musicals and artistic works that are published or unpublished. It gives the owner of the copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the work, publicize the work or distribute copies of the work. Rather than the exact subject matter of what is written, a copyright protects the form of expression.
For example, if the description of an electronic device could be copyrighted, it would stop others from copying the description. It would not stop others from writing their own description or from making the electronic device.
Swimming pools add value to homes, add enjoyment to family time and can be the reason for a summer party. Swimming pools are fun, entertaining and a serious responsibility. If property owners are not responsible the safely and maintenance of their swilling pools they can be liable for the resulting injuries. Owners are responsible for covering unattended pools, setting supervision guidelines and taking other measures such as building fences to ensure a safe swimming area.
Aside from residential pools, swimming pool injuries are common occurrences in hotels, water parks and public swimming pools. These injuriescan result in death and are the second leading cause of injury-related death, following vehicle-related accidents. Swimming pool injuries may occur for a number of reasons, including: