About Creative Vision Legal
IDENTIFYING AND SOLVING THE PROBLEMS FACED BY ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LOOKING FOR LEGAL SERVICES
When Creative Vision Legal founder Michael J. Thomas envisioned starting a law practice focused on the delivery of legal services to his target clientele, namely artists, musicians, and small business entrepreneurs, he determined the practice would have to address three problems he identified in the current legal services market:
Artists, musicians, and small business people face a morass of legal issues, especially in the intellectual property field, which can be esoteric and hard to conceptualize for some.
After surveying existing non-lawyer online legal service providers, the firm's founder noticed that although they solve problem #1 as far as cost goes, and essentially avoid problem #2, they leave customers to fend for themselves on problem #3, many times with unfortunate consequences because of the lack of legal advice.
That’s why Creative Vision Legal was founded. The firm solves problem #1 by offering transparent, flat-fee pricing for legal services comparable to those offered by non-lawyer online legal service providers. By utilizing a secure client portal for client communications, document transfers, and payments, overhead is kept low while legal services get delivered in a cutting-edge yet safe environment.
PERSONALIZED SERVICE IS THE KEY TO A CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION
However, the firm's service delivery model departs from non-lawyer legal service websites because a one-to-one 30-minute consultation (in person, by phone, or by web cam/Skype) is offered to all clients with every legal service package. The firm uses this time to not only address your particular legal need, but also to get to know you and your business or creative enterprise personally. The end result of this personalized approach is a solution customized to your specific needs based on information gathered from the consultation and crafted by a licensed, practicing attorney. The firm's founder finds nothing more motivating than the possibility that he and his clients might share a “eureka” moment while plotting a course to their success and taking care of their legal needs. Ultimately, regardless of what service you need, the firm wants you to feel like it is committed to your success, and feels confident this individualized attention takes care of problems #2 and #3.
The firm attacks problem #3 by using its founder's 10+ years of experience as a lawyer and the knowledge gained from a law degree and a master’s degree in IP law to meet your legal needs. In addition, the firm's founder brings over 8 years of experience as the former owner of music recording studios and an independent record label to the table as well as being a musician himself, which hopefully helps solve problem #2.
A RICH RESOURCE FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & THE DIY SET
The firm also hopes to solve problem #3 by offering a website rich with informative and reliable content. The key problem faced by artists, musicians, and small business people looking for answers to legal problems by themselves is that they have to cut through the noise from the plethora of information sources available to consumers on the web, some less reliable than others. To this end, the firm strives to make its website not only a method of delivering legal services, but also a reliable resource for consumers and legal practitioners alike. The content on this website did not result from off-the-cuff “riffing”-wherever possible, links to the actual statutes, cases, and resources have been provided for visitors who want to dig deeper and educate themselves on their own time.
Michael J. Thomas,
Attorney At Law
Legal Background Received LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Intellectual Property Law, with Honors, from Golden Gate University School of Law,…
Singer-songwriterBrother SpellbinderSan Francisco, CA
We chose Creative Vision Legal to represent our band because Mike Thomas is approachable and easy to work with. As a musician, audiophile, tech guy and artist himself, he knows the ins and outs of this business both professionally and personally. He knows how much your work means to you and is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure things are clear and done right the first time. He takes a keen interest in the success of all his artist clients and stays accessible. Super cool and funny too! (from Yelp review)
Co-Owner, Author, & PublisherDeadbase 50Petaluma, CA
We really enjoyed working with Mike. He is very knowledgeable, organized, and efficient. We didn’t know anything about creating or managing an LLC and Mike took us every step of the way and took care of all the legal and administrative issues for us. He showed us how to form the LLC and all the hoops to jump through. Mike took care of all the documents we needed to file with the various government offices and filed most of them for us. It was like having our own in-house lawyer as part of our team. I can’t recommend Mike and Creative Vision Legal enough.
Performer & SongwriterPine Box BoysSan Francisco, CA
I have called upon Michael Thomas on several occasions. I am always confident in his advice. He has helped me shut down bands that were using our name, develop contracts for studio musicians, reviewed contracts and publishing agreements, helped us on copyright and trademark issues, and assisted us in licensing our music. After all of that, he still makes it out to a couple of gigs a year. Thanks for everything.
President Cartel International LLC (a medical supply import-export company)San Francisco, California
Creative Vision Legal is an innovation in legal services! I was totally satisfied by the service offered by Michael Thomas as he helped me navigate through the maze of creating my LLC.
OwnerVertigo HomeLaguna Beach, CA
Mike advised us on forming an LLC. He explained the advantages of an LLC for our business, and then took care of everything. The whole process was effortless. He even called on several occasions after the set up to see if we had any problems switching everything over to the LLC (car title, bank accounts, etc.). He seems to really care about our business and our progress. Mike also helped us get our logo and business name trademarks registered.
OwnerKiss My JerkyTampa, FL
My husband and I are starting a new company and needed to get a trademark. Not only was Mr. Thomas clear and precise at every step, but he kept us informed and aware when we needed to be. I look forward to working with him in the future and would highly recommend him for his expertise.
cease & desist letter client review from YelpOakland, CA
I had an excellent experience working with Creative Vision Legal. Mike was quick to respond and really put in the extra work needed to ensure that our case would succeed. He is not only friendly and easy to work with, but he is very thorough and really knows his stuff! I highly recommend contacting Creative Vision Legal for your legal needs.