Kyle Persaud

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You’ve written a book, a poem, a song, or painted a picture, and you wonder: Should I have my work copyrighted? Or perhaps you use a trade name or symbol in your business, and you wonder: Should I have the name or symbol trademarked? First, let’s define our terms here: There are three types of intellectual property protection under U.S. law: patents, copyrights, and trademarks. A patent is the exclusive right to use a new…
Your apartment is defective, and your landlord isn’t doing anything to fix it. What can you do? There are certain things that a landlord is required, by law, to do. The Oklahoma Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (ORLTA) says that a landlord must do the following: A. A landlord shall at all times during the tenancy: 1. Except in the case of a single-family residence, keep all common areas of his building, grounds, facilities and…
Perhaps you work for a corporation, that is considering using valet parking. Or perhaps you or your property has been injured by a valet’s driving. In each case, you may wonder: Can the valet (or his employer) be sued? Under certain circumstances, a parking valet and his employer can be sued. Valet liability falls under the law of bailment. Bailment occurs when one person gives property to another to keep, for the benefit of the…
Many non-citizens wonder if they can apply for asylum in the U.S. What follow is a brief overview of the asylum process. For a more extended discussion of applying for asylum, consult an attorney. Can you apply for asylum? Any non-citizen may apply for asylum. You may apply for asylum even if you are not legally present in the U.S. You may apply for asylum if, you cannot return to your county of nationality because…
You’ve had an auto accident, or been stopped by the police, or been arrested, or you’ve received a ticket. You may be wondering: will this be on my driving record? Will this affect my driver’s license? There are certain crimes, where, if you are convicted, your driver’s license will be suspended. There are also other traffic violations, where, if you are convicted, your driver’s license won’t be suspended, but, you will get points on your…
You have an elderly or incapacitated relative. What legal steps can you take to protect them? As Americans are living longer, many of us are concerned about what we can do to protect our relatives who are no longer able to care for themselves. One step to take is to apply for a guardianship. There are two types of guardianships: a guardianship over the person, and a guardianship over the property. If you have a…
A number of Bartlesville residents have asked about the recent city ordinance, which relates to a person’s right to keep animals (particularly livestock and chickens) within the Bartlesville city limits. This new city ordinance (which goes into effect on May 1, 2019) provides: · You may not keep “any animal, other than a domesticated companion animal” within the Bartlesville city limits, except as provided in Chapter 3 of the Bartlesville Municipal Code. The ordinance…
As an old saying goes, “He who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” However, in many legal proceedings, people attempt to represent themselves. Many represent themselves because they do not believe they can afford a lawyer. Others represent themselves because they are so egotistical they think they can handle their own case better than any lawyer. If you have a pending legal case, you may be asking yourself: Can I…
Expungement is the process where you can have your criminal records sealed, and they will be inaccessible to the general public. In Oklahoma, you may have your criminal records expunged under certain conditions. If your criminal records have been expunged, anything in the record will be deemed never to have happened. If anyone asks you about anything in the records, you will be allowed to say, that nothing in the records ever occurred, and that…