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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Wisconsin on
Q: What legal/liability/money issues should I be aware of as a small group leader not yet incorporated as a church?

Can I collect offerings ($) for rent and other needs? What could I be held liable for legally? We meet in a rented room in a public building. Group members invite others by personal invitation, but we do not advertise publicly yet.

Bryan Thomas Kroes
Bryan Thomas Kroes answered on Aug 9, 2018

A full answer to your question may require a more fact-intensive legal analysis and confidential consultation with an experienced business attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Wisconsin on
Q: Im searching for an attorney to do my living will i am on a fixed income.
Bryan Thomas Kroes
Bryan Thomas Kroes answered on Aug 9, 2018

A living will is an excellent addition to any estate plan. It is a good idea to consult an experienced attorney to assist you with that process.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Wisconsin on
Q: When can the "name" of a character be protected under copyright law, even though it typically wouldn't?

Copyright itself doesn't protect only just a name, you can't copyright just a name at all. But, "characters" should be protected under a copyright if they are unique, but isn't a name an intrinsic part of a character and its accompanying story?

Bryan Thomas Kroes
Bryan Thomas Kroes answered on Aug 9, 2018

A full answer to your question will require a more fact-intensive analysis. Generally, copyright law will afford protection of the fictional character itself when it has appeared in a copyrightable work and has a life of its own within that work, however, achieving a level of distinctiveness such... Read more »

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