Beware the Boilerplate: Lessons from Donald vs. Shelly Sterling0

The recent battle between Donald and Shelly Sterling over control of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team provided a valuable lesson for clients who have created trusts, or are considering creating trusts.  Not only is it critical for those who create trusts to understand the dispositive provisions of their trusts, but they also need to understand the so-called “boilerplate” provisions included in their trusts.

“Boilerplate” typically refers to the standard provis [...]

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Forget Hamlet. “To Click or Sign, THAT is the Question!”0

In daily life today, most of us put our electronic “John Hancock” on the screen every day, whether at the grocery store, drug store or other businesses.  We’re used to it as a perfectly valid way to seal- the-deal for routine retail transactions.

But what about other forms of documents, such as business contracts or wills and trust? Are electronic (no ink, no paper) signatures valid?

The answer is MAYBE.

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ExxonMobil Sues FXX Claiming Trademark Infringement0

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The television industry was abuzz last week when ExxonMobil, one of the most successful oil companies in the world, filed a lawsuit against another world-class conglomerate, Twentieth Century Fox Television.  Why would a U.S. television network be the target of a lawsuit from a [...]

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TV Series ‘Veronica Mars’ Finds Crowd Funding0

Crowd funding is hot! It has taken form in recent years, allowing anyone with a project, cause, or company to secure donations online in exchange for various gifts, or simply just for the sake of donating. Typically, sites like Kickerstarter, Indiegogo and Rockethub serve as conduits for the campaigns and their gift givers.

One recent example is Veronica Mars, the defunct TV series now poised to be a motion picture thanks to its wildly successful crowd funding campaign. Veroni [...]

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