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  • Copyright, patent, or trademark?

    I'm planning to create a type of planner geared towards a specific market with certain things in it. Would I need a copyright, a patent, or a trademark?

    Ray’s Answer

    Copyright would be the right avenue, if anything.

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  • Can someone offer a free relationship coach service without being a licensed counselor?

    Where is the boundary line for someone being able to offer a free relationship coach service without being a licensed counselor?

    Ray’s Answer

    It probably depends on what state you're in but assuming you're in New York I doubt that a relationship coach needs a license in New York

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  • If I trip a traffic camera, do I own the copyright to the photo since my action resulted in the photograph being taken?

    I wish to know the answer to my question to know if it could be used as a defense against any traffic violation. The idea would be to ask that the charge be dismissed on the grounds that I own the copyright on the photograph and did not give permi...

    Ray’s Answer

    No of course you do not. The people taking the picture own the copyright.

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  • Which attorney do we need for the situation we are in?

    Our company is in oversea and have an Agreement with one private company who won the bid to replace a LED Street lights to municipality and numbers of articles mentioning our company name along with the other company we have an agreement with wer...

    Ray’s Answer

    You should have a commercial litigation attorney.

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  • Wage Garnishment

    In Dec 2012 I received a notice of garnishment from a lawyer. Then I called the lawyer and asked for proof of original debt. 3 months later the garnishment stopped because they could not provide proof. So now we are in Sept 2015 and this time the ...

    Ray’s Answer

    It sounds to me like New York law was not complied with, but you need legal representation to help you sort this out and fight back.

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  • Could this review be considered libelous? Should I get my own attorney?

    "terrible business. i would never want any of my family or friends to deal with this company. they talk badly about their clients after they have met with the adviser. manager does the adviser stuff. when a client calls and has questions or concer...

    Ray’s Answer

    No it's not libel. To be libelous it would have to consist of defamatory false statements of fact. Your review is clearly a matter of opinion.

    So if you are sued, and the case is defended competently, you should win.

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  • I am looking for an attorney to help in the process of trademark for a phrase used in professional sports.

    I am looking to trademark a phrase that has become my "signature" at NFL game...I am the PA Announcer. I'm looking for help in navigating that process correctly.

    Ray’s Answer

    Then you should be consulting with a trademark attorney and filing a trademark application for it.

    Are you sure your contract with your employer doesn't grant them the intellectual property rights in your announcing?

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  • Defamation of character posted on internet

    How do i locate an Atty in the Katy /Houston tx area who may accept a defamation lawsuit on a contingency basis?

    Ray’s Answer

    You are not likely to find an attorney in any area who will accept a defamation case on a contingency basis.

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  • I have a judgment against me (found out browsing court website). I was never personally served. What can I do?

    I'm recently married, and trying to get my credit score out of the 500's. An attorney told me Chase bank based in DE should not be able to file judgement after 3 yrs due to DE law? (I'm in NY) (Debt is last paid 2008, Judgement was 12/2012 and I n...

    Ray’s Answer

    Asking questions on the internet will not get you what you need. You need to hire a Delaware attorney to try to get the judgment vacated, and possibly reach a settlement.

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  • Do I need an intellectual property attorney?

    I have a number based puzzle idea. There are six puzzles all with the same basic rules but they each have a different rule. I would like them all to have the same name, just numbered 1,2,3 etc. I need to know wether I need to copyright or trad...

    Ray’s Answer

    You should copyright the puzzle. If the name is valuable, you might want to trademark that as well, but it might not be worth the cost.

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