Beastie Boys & Copyright Infringement

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A jury ruled in favor of the Beastie Boys deciding that Monster Beverage Corporation committed Copyright Infringement by using Beastie Boys music without a license in an online video. The music group was seeking $2.5 million from the suit, but settled for $1.7 million.

Copyright Infringement is defined as the use of work protected by copyright law without permission. This infringes on exclusive rights the copyright holder has been granted. The copyright holder has the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and ...

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Does An Estate Have to Go Through Probate Court?

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The size of an estate dictates if it has to go through probate court or not. In California, an estate without real property that is $150,000 or less in value can be passed to heirs without having to go through probate. Real property, or real estate, has a limit of $50,000. Considering that very few properties in California are worth $50,000 or less, it’s likely that the estate goes into probate unless the real estate is held in joint tenancy ...

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Estate Planning Helps Avoid Going Through Probate

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Many want to avoid their estate from going through probate court in order to save their heirs money and get assets distributed in a timely manner. Avoiding probate is possible by engaging in estate planning long before the concern can be raised.

There are various ways to do this via trusts and different asset ownership structures that keep the estate out of the probate process. Following are some of the legal ways in which to structure asset ownership and make sure ...

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Lessons to Learn from Controversial Celebrity Wills

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Most people steer clear of any hard or depressing topics in day-to-day life, such as death. People do not want to talk about death even though it is an unfortunate event of everybody’s life. Although it is a touchy subject, there are many important factors of a person’s passing that need to be discussed, such as wills. There are many celebrity situations that can show the devastating effects of not getting all of your affairs in order before an unfortunate ...

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How a Living Trust Protects Assets and Heirs From Challenges

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A living trust allows you to hedge against an adverse event in the future, such as becoming incapacitated due to an illness or accident. Living trusts have advantages that allow you to move assets in and out at your will, and give you full control over the assets you place inside. They also allow you to name yourself as the trustee, or the person who is authorized to exercise control over the assets. In order to provide further protection, you ...

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Get the Right Support When You Write Your Will

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Putting together a last will and testament can be quite an ordeal, which is why many people put the task aside. But as cumbersome as the task can be, if you die without a will things can get even more messy for your loved ones as your estate may be stuck in probate and they are forced to try and get everything sorted out as they are grieving for their loss. The main benefit of making a will early and ...

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2014 Marine’s Toys for Tots Classic Car Show and Toy Drive

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The 2nd Annual Marine’s Toys for Tots Classic Car Show and Toy Drive in Historic Downtown Upland is Saturday, May 17th from 8 am to 2 pm. This is a great opportunity to support your local community and give back, while getting to enjoy the beauty of many classic cars. There will be plenty of entertainment provided for the whole family to enjoy.

To commemorate US Armed Forces Day with our Marines, bring your family and an unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or ...

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Bypass Probate Courts! Establish a Living Trust Now

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Most people simply want to leave their hard-earned money and other assets to those they love. But without the proper legal instruments (i.e., a will and a living trust), much of the money can get tied up in probate court and in the payment of probate fees.

A living trust can help you bypass the expensive and often unpleasant probate process. The probate process involves property appraisal, taking a home inventory, paying off outstanding debts and offering what’s left to heirs ...

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Estate Planning Tips You Won’t Want to Miss

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Estate planning can help ensure all the legalities are in place for passing on your estate after your demise. Making a plan in advance will alleviate any problems or issues with dividing assets to your beneficiaries. Here are some helpful tips in formulating your plan.

Prepare a will: Without a will, division of your estate can become complicated. A professional attorney can help you set up the legal documents for distributing your property as you desire.

Separate funds for specific expenditures: To ...

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Weird Laws Across the Country That Are Still on the Books

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Laws are designed to shape society and to encourage everyone to stay away from troublesome behaviors. But there are some weird laws across the United States that are still on the books. It would seem that they were put there by lawmakers who were in a fit of pique and irritated by a certain behavior. Following are some of these strange-but-true laws:

North Carolina: It is illegal to sing off-key, elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields, and serving ...

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