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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for California on
Q: Can food item name be part of trademark?
Judi Smith
Judi Smith answered on May 12, 2011

Sure. Notice Apple®, formerly Apple computer®. The issue with using any word in a trademark is where and how you are going to be using it. If, for example, you are selling apples, then you may have some difficulty with registering the term "apple" to apply to your goods. But like Apple Computer,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for California on
Q: If a servicemark is never registered and later abandoned, can I use it and register it?
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Judi Smith answered on May 5, 2011

For clarification, I am assuming your use of "registered" means federally registered, versus state registration. However, the answer to your question would depend on a number of factors. For example, just because a mark isn't registered, doesn't mean that its not protected. So one question would be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: I am in a Joint Tenancy with 3 persons at a residential home in the state of Illinois. Who pays yearly property taxes?

My uncle is one joint owner and my ex wife is the other joint owner, and I, the other joint owner, live in the house. Do we all split the yearly property taxes?

Judi Smith
Judi Smith answered on May 5, 2011

The question of how you choose to split the tax liability among the owners isn't necessarily a legal one. However, under Illinois state law, in general, all owners of a property are jointly and severally liable for the property tax. That means that the governmental entity can seek to collect the... Read more »

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Q: My husband is a senior citizen and we have delinquent property taxes We can not afford to pay them.

Are there any programs that will provide financial assistance with the delinquent taxes so we do not become homeless?

Judi Smith
Judi Smith answered on May 5, 2011

You may be eligible for the Senior Citizens Real estate Tax Deferral Program. Essentially the state pays the taxes on the home and then requires repayment of the taxes when the home is sold or transferred. However, to qualify for the program, you will need to find a way to bring your property taxes... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Michigan on
Q: What happens to someone with a huge ($333k) federal tax lein?
Judi Smith
Judi Smith answered on May 5, 2011

It all depends on how much you have in assets. There are options to get a lein released. You could pursue an offer in compromise. A Federal Tax lien MAY be dischargeable in bankruptcy depending on the type of taxes at issue. While I am generally in favor of people helping themselves, a lien is one... Read more »

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