Archive for May, 2012

How To Protect Your Rights As An Artist, Actor or Filmmaker

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Today, we live in a world that is focused towards that of social media, and entertainment. Many people enjoy turning on their television and watching their favorite show, going to the movies, attending a concert, or simply just buying their favorite song off of iTunes. However, although the artist is primarily getting the majority of the credit for the works that they do, or make that is such a sensation they do not always get the financial means that they deserve. However, what should you do as an artist, filmmaker, or actor in order to make sure that your rights are represented properly?

Understanding The Facts

Many individuals assume today that many famous artists, actors, or filmmakers and directors have plenty of money, which most of the time is true. However, many of these individuals could be making more money than they actually do. Most of the time, individuals engage in the idea of fame, and what they will be making and just sign a contract that is presented before them and do not actually read it through-and-through. This, however, most of the time is what binds artists to a company and a commitment for years to come, and unfortunately a set income as well.

Look Before You Sign

Today, individual’s images and voices are being sold on many multiple levels, which is an important property right for you, your family, and ultimately your heirs eventually. When you are considering signing a contract you need to make sure that you sit down and carefully examine the situation at hand. Firstly, you need an experienced probate attorney to sit down with you and examine the contract thoroughly in order to identify issues, and change them if necessary. From there, individuals should consider looking into the 26th Chapter of the Texas Property Code Book when deciding upon their image reservations, which not only impacts them, but eventually their loved ones. This means that when you are gone the merchandise that your name, or image generates will be given to your family. Finally, when you are preparing a will remember to include intangible property, which the rights to all of your works as an artist to be given to your family.

Fame is big deal as an artist, filmmaker, actor, or entrepreneur. However, family is a bigger one, especially when it comes down to your will, and your image. Make sure to consult an experienced probate attorney in order to make sure that your rights are fought for accordingly, and properly.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

New Legislations Brings New To Do List For Estate Planning and Probate Law

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

In our lives we have many things that we have the prepare for. Each preparation has to deal with one aspect in our life to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible. In order to make the proper preparations we have to look at things in different aspects such as personally, professionally, and especially legally. One thing that individuals from all walks of life prepare is that our their estate and probate needs. However, new legislation in Texas is changing a few things within probate and estate planning. Yet, what do you need to do in order to make sure that your estate planning and probate law is what you really want at the end of the day?

Understanding The Options

When it comes down to dealing with the new probate options of estate planning there are a lot of new aspects to process. Individuals now have the option to use streamlined one-step execution, which means that they now can simply have themselves and two witnesses sign only once. Using streamlined documents or forms is now being used more often since it speeds up everything in an organized manner.  This also uses the one signature method, which in addition gives the client more options to take with their attorney that are more in depth, and readily than that were in the past.

Other Matters Concerning New Legislation

Another aspect of the new legislation is that of affidavits. When debts, and expenses arise and executors and, or administrators need it either paid, or brought legally to the courts attention they usually file an inventory. However, now, it is highly advised that affidavits be used instead due to avoiding a public disclosure of the assets, or property in question. Individuals should also change their wills towards an affidavit as well in order for it to make it more legally sound, and set in stone concerning your estate.

At the end of the day preparation never hurt anyone, and is highly advised in this day and age. However, when you are preparing your estate, or other probate law needs make sure to contact an experienced attorney today in order to make sure that your legal needs are done correctly with your interests in mind.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.