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Lucille, there are times when memoir needs to be re-written as fiction. Is this one of those times?
Adrienne, your suggestions are good leads.
You see, when you are writing a Memoir, and your memoir involves people you have known, even if they are dead, there may be a limit to what you can say. I'm not talking about slander or anything like that. I wouldn't do that anyway, but sometimes you can't be as open and frank about someone else as you would about yourself. You may want to quote a letter, and perhaps you shouldn't. SOMEONE must know where the limit is. I will look into your suggestions.
Lucille, I think you're thinking of an intellectual property / intellectual property rights attorney, although that may be more specifically for copyright or patent issues. You could also try talking to an arts attorney.
You could try contacting your local bar association and ask if there are any attorneys practicing in those areas. Many (not all) attorneys offer a free 30 minute consultation where you might be able to get enough information to see if this is the right attorney for you.
Also, the US Copyright Office has lots of excellent information on copyright protection.
Hope this helps.
Does anybody know whether there is such a thing as a Writers' Attorney, you know, someone who know the legalities of writing?
It all works, now, Carol. Good job.
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