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Good day, my name is ***** ***** I'm glad to try and help. You said that your teacher original "put all his own money into the center." What was the nature of his relationship with the center? Was he a board member? Owner? Employee?
Did your teacher have any sort of agreement with the non-profit regarding ownership of his teachings? I apologize in advance -- a few of these questions may seem off topic, but I ask to get a complete picture of your situation. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Thank you. Who made the recordings?
You mentioned that many were made at his house and that he sold the recordings... was the foundation responsible for most of those as well?
What is your teacher's partner's theory for ownership? I'm not clear on why the partner believes this new foundation might have ownership.
Thank you for that clarification regarding the written teachings. Why, according to the partner, would the new foundation have the right to own any of the teachings?
Thank you for that information. I understand that the S Corp was given to the partner in your teacher's will, and you're saying that the S Corp is basically closed with this non-profit taking its place. Since the S Corp no longer exists, when you ask what rights "we" have to this material, who is "we"?
So you're working with the partner for the non-profit, so that correct? The way the question was structured, I thought that you might be contesting the new non-profit's ownership of the material.
Thank you. Let me tell you where I am with things: Right now, I'm having a difficult time seeing how anyone other than the non-profit might claim a right to the material. You essentially described two parties in the creation of the material: your teacher, and the S Corp. Your teacher passed and left everything to the partner. The partner then created a non-profit, gave the material over to the non-profit, and moved everything from the S Corp over to the non-profit as well. Based on what you've said, I can't see where else ownership might fall. Is anyone else claiming that ownership might go elsewhere?
I understand that you're questioning it, but maybe you can tell me about why you think it might go elsewhere. I know the law, but you're the world's leading expert on your situation.
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