As a business owner, you've worked countless hours to develop a successful brand, an identity that your target market identifies with, and ideas that enable you to stand out in your industry. Whether your company is big or small, however, your brand and ideas might not be immune to theft even so. Since picking up the pieces and rebuilding your identity after it has been copied, weakened, or stolen can prove to be an insurmountable challenge, it's best to put safeguards in place from the start. Discover six effective steps to protect your brand and ideas from copycats.

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Real estate and mortgage scams can cause catastrophic damage to your finances and personal life. Victims of real estate fraud can lose their homes and their good credit, and even end up bankrupt or in debt. By the time you realize you're involved in a scam, the title to your home may already be clouded, which prevents you from using your home equity to bail yourself out of trouble.

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Senior citizen discounts are so commonplace that we rarely consider whether they might be considered discriminatory. Is it legal and ethical to offer special pricing based on nothing but a broad age group? Or are senior discounts a form of age discrimination? Like most legal and ethical issues, the question is not as simple as it seems on the surface. 

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Acting as the executor of an estate is no easy task. Many of the responsibilities that accompany this role can be both time consuming and emotionally draining, particularly if you are also grieving the recent loss of a parent. Named executors do have the right to turn down the job if they don't feel comfortable performing the necessary duties. However, it is an extremely important job that must be taken on by someone who is willing to honor their parent by putting their affairs in order in accordance with their final wishes.

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In the early days of the internet, many web sites treated copyright law as a trivial matter, using whatever images they wanted regardless of whether they had rights to them. As a result, reckless webmasters wound up facing stiff fines and harsh litigation settlements when owners of images sued for damages. You don't want to fall victim to such lawsuits. Here's a guide on the importance of attribution. Do it right or you could be sued.

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All too often, business owners sign a contract only to find out later that the contract had a serious flaw that is costing them time, money, and frustration. If such a situation sounds familiar, you know how important it is to scrutinize every detail of a contract. If you're new to business, you have the opportunity to steer clear of common costly missteps. Here are some common mistakes in business contracts and how to avoid them.

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Many people sign their name to a rental lease without giving it much thought. If you've moved around a lot, you may have gone through the process numerous times and might find it all quite routine. While most leases are fairly standard, this is no reason to skimp on proper care and caution. Don't forget to take these important steps before you sign.

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If you own a vape pen, you need to be careful about when and where you use it. Many vape users are getting in trouble all around the state for using a vaporizer in public, whether or not they're using it for marijuana. If you do use yours for pot, it's even more important to make sure you're vaping responsibly.

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If you're facing civil or criminal charges, you have a lot to think about as you prepare your case. Foremost are the specifics of how your case will proceed. There are significant differences between civil and criminal cases. You'll face different consequences, burdens of proof, and courtroom experiences. Exploring the particulars of each type of case will give you a better understanding of what's ahead if you or someone you know is involved in a criminal or civil case.

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Intellectual property law can get complicated, especially if you're new to the idea. However, there are many aspects of intellectual property law that everyone should be familiar with. Because of that, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand what you need to know about intellectual property law.

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As a digital marketer, you work primarily in an online world. You may collaborate with coworkers and clients remotely, send your invoices digitally, and manage all the essential functions of your business without so much as a single scrap of paper to clutter your desk. You can easily build an entire company around a skeleton staff or become a marketing brand all on your own. While this gives you immense power over the direction of your business, it can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed if something goes wrong.

Understanding civil law as it applies to digital marketing and small businesses will give you an edge in sticky situations. Know your obligations and your rights, so you can navigate troubling times and resolve any potential legal issues confidently.

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For years, community activists and police wondered if temperatures and weather have an effect on crime. Recently, new studies have shown a direct relationship between the temperature outside and the crime rate.

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It's been two years since Colorado legalized marijuana. While detractors warned that legalizing and decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana would lead to an escalation in crime because people under the influence of the drug would commit more crimes, in most cases, it seems as though the opposite is true.

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Drunk driving is a serious problem in our country, and not without reason. One accident could endanger the lives of others or cause debilitating personal injuries. However, a lot of people don’t trust law enforcement as much as they did only a few short years ago, and you need to understand how evidence is rightfully used in DUI cases.

Some people are wrongly convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, and you cannot deny that there are certain legal procedures that need to be followed if evidence is going to be viable in your case. Understand that you do have the option of a trial, and in these scenarios the prosecutor may have different types of evidence to prove that you were driving while you were impaired.

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Miranda rights are an extremely well-known and integral part of our legal system. We have all been exposed to these rights in the media, movies, and television. But do you really have an accurate understanding of your Miranda Rights? To begin, understand that they were first created in 1966 in a case named Miranda vs. Arizona, and most people have a high level understanding of these as follows:

  1. You have the right to remain silent.
  2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3. You have the right to an attorney.
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

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There always seems to be a lot of misinformation regarding the current state of the law in Colorado that is passed by word of mouth. And many people with a criminal record may have heard that it is possible to seal and expunge their criminal records. After committing an offense or being falsely accused, many people would like a second chance in the form of a sealed record. But how does it work, and what does it mean to have your record expunged?

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We live in the information age, and today we have unprecedented access to any information we want. With so much knowledge right at our fingertips, our society has changed the way we research information and do business. The advancements in technology and information sharing have caused two questions to frequently rise in the minds of people who need legal help. Does the Internet really serve as a suitable replacement for a lawyer? Why do I need an attorney when I have access to vast amounts of legal information from my smartphone or home computer?

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It's against the law in CO for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, but we all know that it happens frequently. Whether a recent high school graduate wants to illegally celebrate their graduation with a party or an underage college student falls victim to peer pressure, underage drinking is a serious problem in the United States. And just as adult drivers may sometimes drink before they get behind the wheel, so too can underage Coloradans. So what happens when someone is underage and caught driving under the influence? The law spells out the consequences very clearly, but most underage drinkers aren’t well informed.

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All too often we see people make mistakes with property ownership laws that can cause emotional suffering and dangerous financial risks. One of the biggest mistakes we see is that people will often simply put their child’s name on the deed to their house instead of properly setting up a will. At face value this may seem like a good idea—it simplifies the process by removing the need to deal with a probate. But here’s the catch: that course of action only eliminates the need for interacting with a probate for the home. If there is other property in question, your child is still going to need a probate.

In reality, the disadvantages to adding your child to the deed to your home far outweigh the benefit of simplifying the process of ownership transference of one aspect of your estate. The following are some of the greatest disadvantages you need to consider.

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