What Is Estate Planning, What Does It Involve, and How Will It Help Me?

What is an estate plan? Do I need one and when? Estate planning is a process that allows you to designate the recipients of your assets in case of your death. Estate planning is frequently used to eliminate the need for probate and minimize taxes. It can also serve to choose the person who will make financial and health care decisions on your behalf if you become unable to make your own. Many people [...]

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Sole Shareholder: Why Bother with Corporate Meetings and Minutes?

If you started your own corporation, kudos! Entrepreneurship is truly the road to success. Those who have been there know that running a business is no easy task. Your time may be preoccupied with marketing and doing the work you set out to do. Especially as a sole shareholder, it is easy to put corporate formalities on the back burner. After all, who needs corporate minutes when you are the corporation’s chairman of the [...]

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Whom Should You Want to Have on the Board of Directors of Your Corporation?

Congratulations! You have started your own business and as one of the first steps you have formed a corporation. Now you are busy filling in the positions for your business and you come across the required position of “director.” What is this “Board of Directors?” What do they do? Who should be on this board? How involved will they be in your day-to-day operations of the business? How should they be compensated? These are [...]

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Special Needs Trust: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

What is a special needs trust? In order to understand special needs trusts, we need to first understand what trusts are. We have written about trusts and other estate planning tools before. In short, a trust is a legal instrument, which allows the trust creator or grantor to place funds and assets to be managed and distributed by a trustee (a person or entity) for the benefit of a beneficiary. A Special Needs Trust, or a [...]

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Which Trust Will Meet Your Needs?

Trusts are some of the most common tools used in estate planning, financial and retirement planning, and inheritance planning.  As such, when choosing an appropriate trust for yourself or your clients, it is extremely important to understand the differences between the various types of trusts available. Most of these are created for specific needs such as caring for a disabled person, contributing to charities or philanthropic organizations, or providing for care of beloved pets. In [...]

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Will, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Something.

Making a will is one of the most important steps you should take in your life. Not only does it help you provide for your spouse, children and others, it allows you to plan out exactly how you would like things to be handled after you are gone. A good will must be able to answer some very important questions. The answers to these questions make up the major components of a will. These components are [...]

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Are You Single? Estate Planning Is Still Something to Consider!

The number of singles is on the rise in this country and every year there are more never-married, divorced, or widowed individuals. When it comes to the need for estate planning, your status as single or married does not matter. Single people need to plan and prepare for their future as much as married people. However, singles people do face certain unique issues, which require the use of some out-of-the-box thinking and tools. Some [...]

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Virtual Offices – The Path to the Future

Every client-facing industry is undergoing changes due to the increased availability of technology and automation. These advances in technology and the increased usage of internet in everyday life make it necessary to have some form of virtual presence in order to run a successful business. Law firms are no different, and in fact, it is almost impossible to practice law without some form of virtual presence, such as email. “Virtual Office” is one of [...]

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Estate Planning in the Digital Age

As the world around us changes and becomes more technologically advanced, we find ourselves on the internet more and more. We conduct businesses online, we bank online, we shop online, and we store a large portion of our documents, pictures and other belongings online. But what will happen to all these digital assets when we are no longer around? Common examples of digital assets are purchased movies and games, personal pictures and profiles on [...]

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