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Secrets of “THE LAW”

Secrets of “THE LAW”

If you meet an attorney claiming to know THE LAW, find a different attorney.   There are many misconceptions in the world of lawyers and law stuff.  A great many.  One of the most prominent is the mistaken belief that just because someone has a law degree and has passed a bar exam that person knows “THE […]

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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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Buy-Sell Agreements: Mistakes to Avoid (Part 2)

If you are in business, you almost certainly need to consider some sort of buy-sell arrangement. Don’t take my word for it, listen to the contributing writers are Forbes.com.  Though this article is not new, the applicability of the February 2011 article by Robert W. Wood, titled “In Business, Get a Buy-Sell Agreement!” has not […]

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the similarities between knives and powers of attorney

the similarities between knives and powers of attorney

Are knifes dangerous or useful instruments? That depends on how they used and for what purpose (and by whom). Most of us would not see a typical kitchen knife and immediately have feelings of panic and fear.  We understand that kitchen work often requires the use of knives.  And it is difficult in most instances to prepare […]

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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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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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The surgeon and the scalpel

The surgeon and the scalpel

What are you really paying for when it comes to surgery–the surgeon or the scalpel?   We all have knives around the house. Some of us even have surgical scalpels (or other very sharp instruments).  Likewise, many of us have access to medical supplies. Why then do we not just perform surgery in our homes, especially […]

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variations on a common theme–assets outside a trust

variations on a common theme–assets outside a trust

A Trust can be compared to a safe, a barn or some other type of protective structure. Each of these protects and preserves only those items within. This is a common theme about which we have written and spoken many times previously. Even so, while answering public inquiries on an internet Listserv earlier today, I was […]

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What’s $300 million among friends?

What’s $300 million among friends?

This relates to yesterday’s post about the recent passing of Prince and the probable court battles which are about to begin as step-family and former friends and associates of all sorts try to get their hands on a portion of Prince’s estimated $300 million estate. I was visiting yesterday with a CPA with whom I […]

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