Francine D. Ward, Esq. is a Business and Intellectual Property Attorney with a focus on Copyright and Trademark Law, Publishing Rights and Publishing Contracts, Entertainment Contracts, and Social Media Law. Francine is also Of Counsel to the highly respected law firm of Monty White LLP, a litigation and mediation firm with expertise in personal injury, construction, business, family law, immigration, estate planning, elder law, and employment law.
Francine is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Washington DC. In addition to intellectual property topics, her practice includes the preparation and review of business contracts, as well as the formation of business entities e.g., corporation and limited liability company (LLC). Unlike some attorneys, Francine spends time educating her clients. Why? Because she feels, the more accurate information her clients have, the better choices they make. In the long run, that saves YOU, the client, money. It costs more to clean up a mess than it does to do it right the first time.
When you need an attorney-at-law to guide you through the process of protecting your trademarks and copyrights, as well as a lawyer who can provide competent legal advice on all things relating to book contracts, idea protection, brand protection, and other business and intellectual property law topics, you’ll find peace of mind when working with Francine. The language of law can be complicated, and is often confusing. Not to mention that the law continues to change on a daily basis. Francine is known for providing clear instruction on how to navigate the process, with examples that don’t confuse the issue more.
It’s risky business when you don’t seek qualified, competent, professional help. Sometimes you end up saving a few dollars on the front end, only to discover the money it will cost to clean up the mess on the backend is much greater. Here are Francine’s areas of expertise:
- Copyright Registration
- Legal advice regarding the selection of a trademark that CAN be protected
- Trademark Search AND Analysis
- Registered Trademark
- Trademark Prosecution
- Responding to USPTO Office Actions
- Legal advice regarding sweepstakes & contests
- Contract Preparation
- Contract Review, including Publishing Agreements and other Author Contracts
- Advice regarding Nonprofits
- Advice regarding the appropriate type of business entity, e.g., limited liability company (LLC) vs corporation
- Business Entity Formation
- Preparation of Estate Documents, including Trust, Will, Healthcare Directive, Power of Attorney, and Assignment of Assets
Whether you are just getting your business started or a seasoned business owner, Francine’s 25-years of experience in business and IP law will provide the expertise necessary to give you peace of mind.
Here’s what one satisfied client says about Francine…
“I hired Francine Ward to provide me with legal advice, trademark assistance, and to help me develop contract documents during my business startup. She is a pleasure to work with, and very knowledgeable, responsive, and client-focused. I highly recommend her to other entrepreneurs who are looking for legal support for IP, contracts, and general business matters.” Posted by Keiko, Business Owner
Francine’s clients include small business owners and entrepreneurs – just like you. She helps you protect what’s yours – your valuable content, your products and your services, your brand, your business structure, and your estate.
Francine offers a no-obligation consultation to find out if her service fits your needs. Feel free to give her a call at any of the contact numbers or fill out the contact form and we will be in touch to set up a mutually agreeable time to chat with Francine – at no obligation or cost to you.
Francine is a 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, is active in leadership in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, as well as the State Bar of California’s Copyright Interest Group.