I can finally breathe easy.
This has been my second attempt at obtaining the same patent. So, needless to say, I had really no idea what I was doing. I originally filed for my provisional patent with legalzoom.com (seemed like a good idea at the time) and soon realized that not only were the lawyers they used not even registered but I had set myself back about a year. Tera went above and beyond for me. After I thought I had done all my homework and considered myself "in the clear", not only was she able to find 2 previous "artworks" that had been submitted in the 90's with pretty much the same exact patent I had in mind (rendering my idea un-patentable), but she worked with me to elaborate on my patent so that mine became an even better product eligible for patentability.
Tera was very professional, knowledgable and, above all, HELPFUL. I don't know what I would have done without her. My guess is that my idea would have never actually come to fruition and I would have been spinning my own wheels for years considering how long it takes to actually obtain a patent.
I look forward to working with Tera further as this lengthy process unravels. I highly recommend Tera Smith. You will not regret it.