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Well, my big meeting with the attorney is tomorrow.  I am looking forward to asking questions to someone who will be less biased than just friends and family who know me.  I want someone to give me professional and straight-up answers because they know the business, ad not because they have certain emotional attachments to the way things ought to be.  Hopefully this man can set me clear on legal protection issues and give the best insight on how to make money and be recognized with my book.

Here are some questions I have to ask the lawyer:

1-  Is it always absolutely necessary to change every single 1st / last name in the book?  Are there times when it is OK to not do a change, esp if the person didn’t do anything wrong or controversial?  (like my grandmas)  How do rules apply to deceased people?
When is a name change absolutely required?

2-  Do I need to approach every single person in this book, if possible to find them, and tell them about the book to get consent?

3-   In his opinion, which is the “wave of the future” in publishing?  eBooks / iBooks or traditional still?  I have conflicting opinions from different people, whose opinions I respect, but one comes at it from a writing POV, and the other from a business and technology POV.  They both have good points.  I want to know what this publishing / intellectual property rights attorney thinks is best in my case.

4- Who keeps the rights with on-line / e / independent publishing?  Is that forever?  

5- Info about Cincinnati Book Publishing /

6- Info about Orange Frazier Press?

7- Info on Clifton Hills Press/

8-Info on Clerisy Press /

9- Do I need to protect myself / family from anyone thinking that just because they were mentioned in my book, with a real or fake name-but they know it was them anyway- from the mentioned person feeling entitled to a cut in the profits?

10- If we use the cover photo suggested, (one that my mom took in 1962), and we credit her with some of the cover design, she gets a cut in the profits?  (This is OK, but I wanted to know.)

11-  Because of a certain relative, (not in my immediate house), who caused a few other relatives to file for bankruptcy b/c of some bad investment decisions, can a creditor come to me and insist on payment?

What would you ask a lawyer if you had a similar opportunity?

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