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Category: Asset Protection

Piercing the Corporate Veil is the exception to the rule

Piercing the Corporate Veil is the exception to the rule

Legal liability protection is one of the main reasons for corporate entities.  In most instances, these legal entities insulate owners from legal liability. While there are often tax, accounting and other important reasons for corporations and LLCs in a business or investment setting, at the very top of any list of reasons to establish and properly maintain […]

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Should you update your trust?

Should you update your trust?

If you already have a trust, you should be commended for your wise planning. However, as time passes and laws change, it makes sense to review and update your trust to ensure that it remains consistent with your goals. I spend a significant amount of my time each week reviewing legal documents drafted by other attorneys (and sometimes […]

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death of the death tax? what would repeal of estate tax mean for you and me?

death of the death tax? what would repeal of estate tax mean for you and me?

The Republicans have been talking about and working on repeal of the federal estate tax for years.  Now that Trump is on his way to the White House, there are many who believe that the federal estate tax (also known as death tax) will soon be a thing of the past. In theory and principle, […]

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Single Member LLCs–what, why and when?

Single Member LLCs–what, why and when?

What is a single member LLC and why would you want one? We have previously written a fair amount on LLCs generally, including what they are and why they can be useful legal entities. This post will focus on single member limited liability companies. As the name indicates, a single member LLC has one owner–and […]

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lenders and LLCs–rental property stuff

lenders and LLCs–rental property stuff

It is usually a good idea to own rental property through an LLC. As the name suggests, an LLC is designed to limit liability. Think of a limited liability company as a legal liability firewall vehicle. In other words, if some sort of legal claim arose from the operating of your rental property (say a […]

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Business Buy-Sell Agreements: Mistakes to Avoid (Part 1)

Business Buy-Sell Agreements: Mistakes to Avoid (Part 1)

If you are the owner of a family business or other closely held business, not having a buy-sell agreement may be a big mistake. Let’s get this out of the-way–I am a business law attorney who gets paid to work on things like buy-sell agreements.  Therefore, it is no surprise that I am talking about why […]

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who can access your e-mail? (status of laws relating to digital assets)

who can access your e-mail? (status of laws relating to digital assets)

At the moment, you likely don’t want anyone (other than perhaps your significant other) to have access your e-mail, social media, online bank account, i-tunes and/or any of a number of other online accounts.  If something were to happen to your parent, your spouse, your child or other family member, you might need to access that […]

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begin with the end in mind–Covey’s wise counsel applies in business arrangements

begin with the end in mind–Covey’s wise counsel applies in business arrangements

At the outset of a promising business venture, nobody wants to think about how it will eventually end. However, that is exactly the time to consider such things.  Perhaps too somber a thought for a Monday morning, but the reality is that “all good things must come to an end”.  On the bright side, the […]

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rules to govern the LLC–why a customized operating agreement matters

rules to govern the LLC–why a customized operating agreement matters

Each business partner should have a clear understanding of the rules which govern the business relationship.  For an LLC, such rules are normally contained in an operating agreement. This documents should be written to address the unique needs of your business arrangement. Imagine you are visiting a foreign land.  You don’t speak the language and you have no […]

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An LLC as a legal liability firewall (Part 2)

An LLC as a legal liability firewall (Part 2)

It is important to start any venture the right way and the formation of a LLC is no exception. While it is sometimes possible to correct mistakes later, it is not always possible to undo all damages caused or save the money that was spent in cleaning up messes created by improper actions. This is part of a multi-part discussion […]

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