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Business Law

5 Resources to Help Overwhelmed Business Law Clients: Part 3

As we discussed in our last couple posts, there are numerous books about better ways to think about your role in your business, and time-saving applications that may be a huge boon to your work.

But still other business owners may want a reliable reference–where to go for insights on specific topics as they arise.

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Business Law

5 Resources to Help Overwhelmed Business Law Clients: Part 2

In our first post, we talked about business owners who may feel overwhelmed by the business of running a business, and we suggested a couple books to help them reframing their thinking about small business ownership.

But now let’s turn to a couple technological solutions that are surprisingly easy to use, but may streamline their day-to-day, from an operational perspective.

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Business Law

5 Resources to Help Overwhelmed Business Law Clients: Part 1

As attorneys, we’ve heard many reasons why people start a business. People start businesses because they have an idea they’re passionate about. They see a need, and they know how to fill it. 

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Estate Planning

The Importance of Income Tax in Estate Planning Strategy

Income tax rates play an increasingly important role in estate planning strategy as the federal estate tax exemption rises. In the late 1990s, the estate tax exemption applied to many more people than it does today. Today, it applies to only 0.2 percent of estates.

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Estate Planning

Joint vs. Separate Trusts for Married Couples

Deciding between joint and separate trusts for married couples has been a conundrum within the estate planning community for a long time. While many attorneys swear by one trust over the other, there are many factors—such as, the state in which the couple resides, the total of their marital estate, and the couple’s relationship itself—that contribute to the decision of which trust is more suitable.

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General

Pre-Vacation Checklist

The last thing you need to worry about while you’re on vacation is something going wrong and not having the document or contact information you need. Allow us to help you organize some of the essential documents, accounts, and types of information you may need while on traveling with this checklist from Everplans! 

Read Checklist Here.

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Business Law

Employment Tax Liability and Disregarded Entities

If there was ever any doubt, the U.S. Tax Court has clarified that the sole member of a single member LLC can, in certain circumstances, be held liable for the employment tax liability of the entity. In Heber E. Costello, LLC and Costello v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2016-184 (Sept. 29, 2016), Scott Costello, the sole member of Heber E. Costello, LLC, a Louisiana LLC, disputed his responsibility for the unpaid employment taxes of the LLC. Costello contended that the LLC should be treated as a corporation since (1) it resulted from a reorganization under Code §368(a)(1)(F), and (2) he filed corporate tax returns (Form 1120) for the LLC, which he claimed constituted a valid election for the LLC to be taxed as a corporation.

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General

Getting Up to Speed on Retirement Planning

Everyone dreams of retirement, especially those who hope to retire early. Unfortunately, few of us make financial plans for retirement. The typical American family only has about $5,000 in retirement savings. Some Americans are fortunate enough to have a pension or an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan or smart enough to set up their own individual retirement account (IRA). For them, the concern is less about saving for retirement and more about how to manage retirement savings as part of an estate.

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Estate Planning

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Attorneys face unique challenges when working with blended families. When planning for blended families, attorneys must take into account property that each spouse owns from their prior marriages as well as property that is jointly owned by the spouses in the current marriage. This requires an understanding of the nuances of each case and special tools to address client needs.

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General

5 Things to Take Care of Before Your Kids Go to College

May is graduation month. This is a time when many of you may be celebrating your children’s academic achievements, and even getting ready to send them off to college. During this hectic and emotionally tumultuous time, you may be all-consumed with helping prepare your soon-to-be college student for the next phase, causing you to overlook important estate planning matters.​