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Getting Married in NY

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Jan 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you have decided to get married in the U.S. it is very important that you consider the specific requirements of the state where the marriage ceremony will be performed.

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House marks and its hidden importance.

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Giselle Ayala Mateus and Daniela Iguaran. A "house mark" can become an essential part of your business Intellectual Property portfolio if you have the vision of getting into several markets or quickly growing your overall presence. Accordingly, when considering the registration of a trademark, think not only about the goods or services' marks you currently trade. It is also important to take into consideration whether the trademark will be identical to your company's name, whether the trademark can be registered for different classes of goods or services, whether the use of the trademark in fact reflects the idea of that symbol as a "house mark."

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End-of-the-Year Business Legal Checklist (For start-ups and well established businesses)

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

2020 was tough, we all know. However, the end of this year is getting closer, and making a good checklist will definitely impact how we start in 2021. Many businesses may feel that there are a lot of topics they could include in their End-of-the-Year Business Legal Checklist. This note will help them to narrow those topics or to come up with additionals!

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A win for the Dreamers. DACA Applicants, ready, set, go!

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a result of a procedural error, a New York federal court fully restored the DACA Program. The remarkable decision was issued on December 4th, 2020. Following the Supreme Court's decision in Dep't of Homeland Security v. Regents of the Univ. of California, 140 S. Ct. 1891 (2020), where the ...

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Who Owns the Copyright Interest in a Creative Work?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

The creation of a piece of art, a drawing, a cartoon, a tv show, or any other creative work can be the result of an individual's work or the product of the joint efforts of several individuals. In this context, if two or more individuals are involved in a creative process, it is necessary to ...

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What is a Partnership?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is and what is not a partnership? A partnership is a form of business organization where two or more people carry on a business as co-owners. A partnership is not and does not create a legal entity different from the partnership members. When it comes to partnerships, it is important to u...

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What is an LLC?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

An LLC or Limited Liability Company is a form of business organization that provides more flexibility than a corporation. Regardless of the multiple reasons that can make a person choose a corporation over an LLC, an LLC offers business owners the possibility of organizing their enterprise with...

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What is the best entity for my business?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the first decisions a business owner faces is choosing the best business entity for their organization. This is a crucial decision because it has far-reaching legal and tax consequences. At the starting point, you may be wondering, how do I choose between an LLC and a Corporation?

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What is a Corporation?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Delete Edit A corporation is a legal entity separate and distinct from its owners. Corporations are granted most of the rights and responsibilities that individuals possess. Corporations can enter into agreements, loan and borrow money, sue and be sued, hire employees or independent contractors...

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How Does the Priority Date Look?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Nov 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The priority date is the date that USCIS uses as a reference to inform the public whether visas are available. Visas are available considering the country of nationality of the applicant and the priority date. For instance, a U.S. citizen requests a green card for his sister. Said application was...

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What is a Visa?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Nov 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is a Visa? To enter the United State a person must be granted permission based on an immigration petition or status. A visa is a conditional authorization granted to a person who files a petition with the appropriate embassy, consulate, or with the United States Citizenship and Immigratio...

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What is a Marriage-Based Green Card Petition? Why to Hire An Attorney?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Nov 15, 2020 | 2 Comments

A U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident may file an immigration petition on behalf of his/her spouse if they entered into a real marriage. This means, that the marriage must be recognized as a legal marriage in the state where the couple married. Accordingly, if the couple marries in a country that does not recognize legal effect to their union, that may have to remarry in another country or state to file a marriage-based petition in the United States.

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You are not partners anymore. What happens with your IP now?

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Nov 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the of a business relationship, everyone wants to take his part of the deal and walkway. From the start to the end of a business relationship it is important to put things in writing so that each party knows its rights and responsibilities. The document describing such a business relationship should be drafted to address, among others, what will happen with the assets and liabilities of the business. If the document was complete enough the possibility of a conflict is less.

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