Law

Trademarks: Are They Worth Registering?

By David Greber, Offit Kurman

Businesses often use trademarks or service marks to market products or services that they offer. How do these businesses avoid being sued for infringing other ‘marks’ and prevent other businesses from using confusingly similar marks?

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Preliminary agreements in Australia – are they enforceable?

By Andrew Lacey and Danyal Ibrahim, McCabes Lawyers Pty Limited

Preliminary agreements are common precursors to complex commercial contracts, and take the form of documents such as heads of agreement, letters of intent and memoranda of understanding, to name a few. They are also used in the context of conveyancing of properties, sale of business and supply of goods or services.

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Process of harmonisation with the EU legislation in relation to mobbing and posting of workers

By Sanja Djukic and Tijana Milacic, Law Firm Sajic

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a set of laws has been adopted in the last couple of years, bringing this legislation closer to the EU legislation. In that spirit the new Labour Law and the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination have been adopted, since this is one of the most sensitive areas due to the fact that it treats the rights of workers.

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Changes to New Zealand Trust Law

By Bethan Boscher, Morrison Kent

New Zealand’s current trust law was enacted over 60 years ago. Like many other trust laws, few statutory updates have been made to it, with the trust law instead being developed through the Courts and common law. However, New Zealand trust law is in need of a revamp and a new trustee act is currently progressing through parliament, anticipated to be introduced over the next year. This new law is expected to bring welcome clarity for trustees, resulting in one of the most up-to-date trust laws globally, which is fundamental to the best administration of New Zealand trusts.

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Interns – to Pay or Not to Pay?

By Erin Kidd, McCabes

Employers need to understand the distinction between legitimate unpaid internships, which offer genuine work experience, and sham internships that exploit cheap (or free) labour, to ensure they do not fall foul of Australia’s workplace laws.

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How Best to Make Gifts to Children and Grandchildren for Education

By Herbert Fineberg, Offit Kurman

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive as estate and financial planners is how to make gifts to your children and grandchildren for education or other purposes. In December, everyone is focused on making gifts before year-end. Some of the most valuable tools for gifting include using items such as IRAs, Roth IRAs, 529 Plans and irrevocable trusts to hold gifts. All of the foregoing can be used for education.

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Criminal Compliance in Spain

By Jordi Pallarès, GRUP VILAR RIBA

What is a Criminal Compliance Programme? – A Criminal Compliance Programme is a tailor-made plan that seeks to identify situations that generate a risk of commission of criminal offenses and to prevent the commission of such criminal offenses both by the company itself and by its individual members.

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