As a writer, you want to make sure that you produce the best end product possible, but many do not think about legal hurdles if you don’t protect yourself adequately. Unfortunately, many writers will have to deal with different instances of intellectual property theft, and it is essential to protect your intellectual property before and after a theft happens. It is also advised that you consult an attorney when entering a book deal or any version of a contract to make sure you are being protected and that the company you are signing with is not taking advantage of you. Here are some reasons why you should hire an intellectual property lawyer:
1. Protect your work – with any product or work you create, a name is attached. This will form a large part of your brand, and it will be associated with you through your career and even after. That being said, you will need to protect such an important asset. An intellectual property lawyer will advise you on the best course of action to protect your brand and the rights associated with it. It will also advise you on whether your brand has infringed on another person’s brand.
2. They will be your negotiators – with all the work it takes to create and perfect one’s work, it’s usually an added pressure to focus on negotiating all the sponsorships and deals that will come your way. This is where a lawyer steps in. They will handle all the negotiating deals to include business contracts, arrangements, bookings and promotions. This will allow any legal terms and ramifications to be efficiently dealt with, all with the brand’s best interest at heart.
3. They will help you close the best deal – While negotiating, especially before closing the deal, you need to seek independent legal advice. You shouldn’t sign a contract for work without first consulting an attorney. They will advise you on the best course of action and clarify clauses that may be blurry to a layman in the field of contractual law. Don’t sign your rights away by not contacting an attorney.
4. They will be your litigators – should any dispute arise in your career, this is undoubtedly where your lawyer will step in. However, we advise having a lawyer every step of the way to avoid this process. Nevertheless, your lawyer will ensure that any conflict which arises is best handled through the proper and legal means of conflict resolution to protect your brand.
Making sure you are protected individually as a person and as a brand is essential. Many writers will make their livelihood off of the work they create, which is extremely important to make sure that you are protected. Here at JC Legal Solutions, we make sure that you receive the best legal assistance possible, especially when it comes to something as important as your intellectual property.
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