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  • Getting Divorced? Don’t Overlook These 4 Updates to Your Estate Plan—Part 2
    November 23, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Going through divorce can be an overwhelming experience that impacts nearly every facet of your life, including estate planning. Yet, with so much to deal with during the divorce process, many people forget to update their plan or put it off until it’s too late.

  • 4 Strategies For Protecting Your Business Against Wrongful Termination Lawsuits
    November 20, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Although you might think of your team as family and believe that they would never sue you, lawsuits filed by employees are actually one of the most common causes of litigation for business owners. In fact, nearly one in every five small businesses will eventually get sued by an employee...

  • Getting Divorced? Don’t Overlook These 4 Updates to Your Estate Plan—Part 1
    November 16, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Going through divorce can be an overwhelming experience that impacts nearly every facet of your life, including estate planning. Yet, with so much to deal with during the divorce process, many people forget to update their plan or put it off until it’s too late.

  • 4 Myths and Misconceptions About Business Entities
    November 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Setting up the proper legal structure for your business may seem like a boring detail that you won’t need to spend much time on. But the truth is, selecting the right entity for your company is one of the most crucial decisions you can make as a business owner...

  • Will Your Estate Plan Actually Work When Your Family Needs It?
    November 9, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    If you’re like most people, you likely think estate planning is just one more task to check off of your life’s endless “to-do” list.

    You may shop around and find a lawyer to create planning documents for you, or you might try creating your own DIY plan using online documents. Then, you’ll put those documents into a drawer, mentally check estate planning off your to-do list, and forget about them.

  • The Dirty Little Secret Most Business Owners Won't Talk About
    November 6, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Whether you develop smartphone apps, offer consulting services, or brew craft beer, you are no doubt extremely talented and driven when it comes to your core product or service. Yet, when it comes to the dry, nitty-gritty parts of running a business—crunching numbers, negotiating contracts, dealing with insurance, and managing taxes—you likely don’t have nearly the same passion or surety. You might project an outer facade of confidence about the state of your company, but you may secretly fear that it’s going to fail.

  • 3 Steps For Choosing the Right Business Insurance For Your Startup—Part 2
    October 30, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    When launching a new business, it’s crucial that you put the right insurance in place. In addition to having the correct legal entity set up, insurance is the primary way to protect your personal assets from the activities of your business.

  • 3 Steps For Choosing the Right Business Insurance For Your Startup—Part 1
    October 23, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    When launching a new business, it’s crucial that you get the right insurance in place for your company. In addition to having the correct legal entity set up, insurance is the primary way to protect your personal assets from the activities of your business.

  • 4 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Go Without An Estate Plan
    October 19, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    October 19th-25th, 2020 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, so if you've been thinking about creating an estate plan, but still haven't checked it off your to-do list, now is the perfect time to get it done. If you or anyone you love has yet to create a plan, contact us, as your Family Business Lawyer®, to get your plan started today.

  • Questions & Answers On COVID-19 Tax Changes for 2020—Part 2
    October 16, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    In part one, we answered questions about tax changes offered by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Here in part two, we'll wrap up this series by answering questions about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and four additional tax breaks offered by the CARES Act that could save your business even more on your 2020 taxes.

  • Have you figured it out?
    Employment-based Immigrant Visa Petition & Receipt of Permanent Residence
    October 14, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    In the employment context, the Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker is the request by an employer for the permanent residence of its worker. This step involves the approval of the immigrant visa. There are essentially three categories available for an employer to sponsor an employee. 

  • 6 Changes to Watch For In Your 2020 Taxes
    October 12, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Although you may have just filed your 2019 income taxes in July, now is the time to start thinking about your 2020 return due next April. While it’s always a good idea to be proactive when it comes to tax planning, it’s particularly important this year.

  • What You Should Know Before Agreeing to Serve as Trustee
    October 5, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Being asked by a loved one to serve as trustee for their trust upon their death can be quite an honor, but it’s also a major responsibility—and the role is definitely not for everyone. Indeed, serving as a trustee entails a broad array of duties, and you are both ethically and legally required to properly execute those duties or face potential liability.

  • Questions & Answers On COVID-19 Tax Changes for 2020—Part 1
    October 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Throughout 2020, Congress passed multiple pieces of legislation—most notably the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—offering numerous forms of tax relief to help businesses like yours deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19.

  • USCIS has been stopped from implementing filing fee changes
    October 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Filing Fee Increases that were set to be implemented today, Oct. 2, 2020, have been stopped due to a pending court case. For how long? It’s hard to say…so don’t procrastinate any longer! Get your immigration case filed NOW!

  • Lost An Old 401(k)? Here Are 6 Tips For Finding It
    September 28, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    The days of working for a single employer for decades until you retire are over. Today, you are much more likely to change jobs multiple times during your career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, today’s workers have held an average of 12 jobs by the time they reach their 50s.

  • Why Right Now Is the Ideal Time to Buy An Existing Business
    September 25, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    When it comes to owning your own business, don’t forget that building a company from scratch isn’t your only option. In fact, buying an existing business and making it your own is often a much more efficient, economical, and prudent way to fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams.

  • Once Your Kids Are 18, Make Sure They Sign These Documents
    September 21, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    While estate planning is probably one of the last things your teenage kids are thinking about, given the dire threat coronavirus represents, when they turn 18, it should be their (and your) number-one priority. Here’s why: At 18, they become legal adults in the eyes of the law, so you no longer have the authority to make decisions regarding their healthcare, nor will you have access to their financial accounts if something happens to them.

  • 5 Steps For Adding Digital Assets To Your Estate Plan
    September 14, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Although digital technology has made many aspects of our lives much easier and more convenient, it has also created some unique challenges when it comes to estate planning. If you haven’t planned properly, for example, just locating and accessing all of your digital assets can be a major headache—or even impossible—for your loved ones following your death or incapacity.

  • 4 Legal Agreements No Startup Should Be Without
    September 11, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    When starting a new business, putting the appropriate legal agreements in place is crucial for protecting your key assets and relationships. Yet it’s common for many new business owners to put off—or even entirely overlook—creating such agreements. You might not even know which documents are most needed.

  • 4 Tips For Achieving Sustainable Revenue in an Unpredictable Economy
    September 4, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    The year 2020 has been extremely challenging for most entrepreneurs. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have seriously disrupted some businesses and completely shuttered others. And at this point, it doesn’t appear like things are going to go back to normal anytime soon.

  • Spotlight on Immigrant Owned Businesses
    September 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Some of the biggest, most well-known companies were founded, or are run by, immigrants. This includes companies like Oracle, Google, Dropbox, Microsoft, YouTube, Tesla, and DoorDash – not to mention all of the local businesses whose entrepreneurial spirit is at work in our communities.

  • What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Asset Protection Planning - Part 3
    August 31, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that it’s one of the most outlandish stories to come out in a year full of outlandish stories. And while Tiger King’s sordid tale of big cats, murder-for-hire, polygamy, and a missing millionaire may seem too outrageous to have any relevance to your own life, the series actually sheds light on a number of critical estate planning and asset protection issues that could apply to your family.

  • Questions and Answers About Personal Liability Umbrella Insurance
    August 28, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    It’s no secret that we live in a litigious society – people sue for the darnest reasons. And though our right to a fair trial is one of the hallmarks of American democracy, it has also led to a lawsuit-crazy culture.

  • What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Estate Planning-Part 2
    August 24, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that it’s one of the most outlandish stories to come out in a year full of outlandish stories. And while Tiger King’s sordid tale of big cats, murder-for-hire, polygamy, and a missing millionaire may seem too outrageous to have any relevance to your own life, the series actually sheds light on a number of critical estate planning issues that are pertinent for practically everyone.

  • How To Make Better, Faster Decisions During Uncertain Times
    August 21, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    When there’s a blow to your business, especially an unprecedented world event like the pandemic we are living through, you might feel paralyzed and unable to make a move. But when problems crop up, you as a business owner can’t afford to freeze. Or fight, or flee, for that matter. Freeze, fight, and flee are the three most common responses to trauma, and they are reactive states that can sneak up on us before we even know what’s happening.

  • I-9 Verification Document Exception During COVID-19
    August 20, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    I-9s can be a BIG business issue! Does YOUR business have I-9s on file? Does your business need them? Do you have employees who cannot provide verification documents because of the delay in USCIS issuance of Employment Authorization Documents (EAD)?

  • What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Estate Planning-Part 1
    August 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that it’s one of the most outlandish stories to come out in a year full of outlandish stories. And while Tiger King’s sordid tale of big cats, murder-for-hire, polygamy, and a missing millionaire may seem too outrageous to have any relevance to your own life, the series actually sheds light on a number of critical estate planning issues that are pertinent for practically everyone.

  • How to Pay Yourself as the Owner of an LLC
    August 14, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    One of the most exciting parts of owning a business is that you get to pay yourself. No longer forced to rely on someone else’s leadership to keep your company running or their good graces to pay you what you want or need, you get to decide how much you earn, how much you work, and reap the rewards of your best efforts. And yet, many business owners don’t pay themselves, or rely on inconsistent income, to support themselves. If that’s you, it’s time to make a shift now.

  • Good news during the pandemic? YES!
    August 12, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Some good news for those seeking permanent residence or nonimmigrant status in the U.S. On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) enjoined the government from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective, the USCIS Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (84 FR 41292, 8/14/19) for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Who Would Care For Your Children If You Got Sick With COVID-19?
    August 10, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    The pandemic is causing us to consider a lot of things that we may not have before, even if maybe we should have.

  • Insurance Coverage You Might Not Know You Need
    August 7, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    When you are just starting your business, it’s easy to lose sight of just how many potential risks your company faces. Yet a single catastrophic event, accident, or lawsuit can wipe out your company before it even has the chance to get off the ground.

  • Learning to Flourish, Even in a Financial Crisis
    August 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Maybe you, like many of us, have been raised to think that the safest way to live in the working world is to have a good career and a steady paycheck. This financial crisis is challenging that framework for many people. Even if you had a steady job, and even if you still have one, by now you’ve learned how easy it is for that security to disappear overnight.

  • 4 Essential Asset Protection Strategies for Entrepreneurs—Part 2
    July 31, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    In the first part of this series, we discussed different strategies entrepreneurs can use to protect their business and personal assets. Here, we’ll look at two final ways entrepreneurs can achieve asset protection.

  • Your “Blended” Family Is Likely Headed to Court Unless You Do This
    July 27, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    If you have a blended family and do not plan for what happens to your assets in the event of your incapacity or eventual death, you are almost certainly guaranteeing hurt feelings, conflict, and maybe even a long, drawn out court battle.

  • 4 Essential Asset Protection Strategies for Entrepreneurs—Part 1
    July 24, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    No matter what line of business you are in, the reality of being a successful entrepreneur is that you open yourself up to a number of unique risks—and the more successful you get, the more risks you face.

  • Success with USCIS
    July 22, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Even in today’s unstable and trying world of U.S. immigration, our clients are seeing success! Two parents of a U.S. citizen received their green cards, without interview, in June. Another wife of a U.S. citizen was finally interviewed and granted her green card after an 18 month wait and the interruption of the pandemic. Even nonimmigrant visa seekers are having success! A high school teacher was able to obtain a cap exempt H-1B to help educate local high schoolers at charter school! These successes are something to celebrate!

  • COVID-19 Highlights Critical Need for Advance Healthcare Directives—Part 2
    July 20, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    In the first part of the series, we discussed the vital importance of having updated advance directives in place in light of COVID-19. Here, we’ll look at several additional provisions you should consider adding to your directives to address potential contingencies related to the pandemic.

  • 8 Advantages of Federally Registering Your Trademark
    July 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Given that intellectual property (IP) can make up a significant portion—sometimes up to 90%—of the total value of today’s companies, it’s essential that you do everything you can to protect these intangible assets. And one of the first IP elements you’ll want to protect are your company’s brand name and logo.

  • In case you missed it: Immigration Updates for the Week of July 13!
    July 15, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Over the last month, we have posted blog articles addressing if you should wait to pursue your immigration matters now (What can I do About my Immigration Matters Today, June 17), the new executive order issued June 20, 2020 (New Executive Order - Stay Informed, June 24, 2020), and the current administration‘s attempt at a moratorium on F1 and M1 visas (Modifications That May Impact Your F-1 or M-1 Status, July 8, 2020).

  • COVID-19 Highlights Critical Need for Advance Healthcare Directives—Part 1
    July 13, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country, doctors across the nation are joining lawyers in urging Americans to create the proper estate planning documents, so medical providers can better coordinate their care should they become hospitalized with the virus.

  • How (and Why) to Keep Your Corporate Records Up to Date
    July 10, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Today we’re talking about the importance of keeping meticulous records of everything your business does. It may be a little late for you to apply these practices to your 2020 business taxes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your upcoming records in ship-shape as soon as possible, and do better going forward.

  • Modifications That May Impact Your F-1 or M-1 Status
    July 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    On July 6, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued its plans to publish procedures and modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regarding temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the procedures and responsibilities in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule.

  • 4 Things Trusts Can Do That Wills Can’t
    July 6, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Both wills and trusts are estate planning documents that can be used to pass your wealth and property to your loved ones upon your death. However, trusts come with some distinct advantages over wills that you should consider when creating your plan.

  • The Most Important Legal and Financial Actions To Take Right Now For You And Your Business
    July 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Owning a business is challenging even in the best of times. Add a global pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetime, and it becomes much more overwhelming. Often, business owners try to compensate for shortcomings in their business by bringing in more and more revenue. For many people, however, business closures and quarantines have seemingly eliminated that option.

  • Americans Favor Increased Immigration!
    July 1, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    With all of the unknowns and bad news that we are facing in U.S. immigration, I stumbled upon a recent Gallup poll that made me a little hopeful. As a nation built on immigration and the innovation and investment of immigrants, it is important to recognize the contributions that each and every person brings to our country. From the unification of families to the technological and industrial pursuits that have made America a beacon around the globe, we all are a thread in the stars and stripes of the nation’s flag.

  • Use Estate Planning to Ensure Your Legacy Doesn’t Get Erased
    June 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    When you think about those loved ones who’ve passed away, you probably don’t think very much—or even at all—about the “things” they’ve left you. And when they do leave something behind, what you likely cherish most about the object are the memories and feelings it evokes, not the thing itself.

  • The Dirty Little Secret of Business Ownership No One Wants to Talk About
    June 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    As an entrepreneur, you’re no doubt extremely talented and driven when it comes to your core product or service. Whether you develop smartphone apps, provide healthcare services, or brew craft beer, without a high level of confidence and passion for your particular trade, you probably never would’ve gone into business in the first place.

  • New Executive Order - Stay Informed!
    June 24, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    On June 20, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation, Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.

  • Use Estate Planning to Enrich Your Family With More Than Just Material Wealth
    June 23, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    In the weeks before her death from ovarian cancer, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason one of the most treasured gifts a person could receive...

  • 3 Major Benefits of Structuring Your Business As An LLC or S Corporation
    June 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    One of the smartest moves you can make as an entrepreneur is to structure your business as a limited liability company (LLC) or an S Corporation. You’re probably aware that both LLCs and corporations can protect your personal assets from debts and lawsuits incurred by your business, but they also offer other key benefits that you might not know about.

  • What can I do About my Immigration Matters Today?
    June 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    Uncertainty is certainly a staple today. With all of the things that are unknown you may be wondering what you should do about your immigration matters. Due to financial difficulties, USCIS may begin to furlough a significant number of employees. The backlogs created by COVID-19 for nonimmigrant visas may prove substantial. The current administration continues to issue executive orders that may also impact you or your family members or employees. If you have an immigration case that you are thinking about filing, you should not wait!

  • 3 Estate Planning Concerns For Married, Same-Gender Couples
    June 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Now that same-gender couples can legally marry in all 50 states, more Americans than ever before are enjoying the rights and benefits that come with marriage. Estate planning, in particular, is one arena where these new rights and benefits are readily apparent.

  • New Business Owner? Avoid These Common Startup Mistakes
    June 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    The startup life can be exciting and for many the learning curve is huge. In the midst of growth and opportunity, many entrepreneurs make costly legal mistakes which can be easily avoided with the proper preparation. Here are some of the most common legal missteps made by businesses in the startup phase.

  • Potential for New Immigration Restrictions, Will You Be Affected??
    June 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    On April 22, 2020, the President issued an executive order that stopped the processing of particular visas. This order indicated that the President would work in association with other government agencies on the front lines of the affected visa categories and within 50 days make revisions to the order. This left room for broad action.

  • 4 Ways Estate Planning Can Improve Relationships with Loved Ones!
    June 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    With all of the stay home orders, you’re probably spending lots of time with your family and friends. During these moments, you’re likely reminded of just how important these relationships can be. And as we grow older, you begin to realize how precious little time we have to spend with one another.

  • 5 Best Tips for Starting Your Own Business!
    June 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    People start their own businesses for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s a lifelong dream. Sometimes it’s a desire to have more control over one’s time and money. Sometimes it’s just old-fashioned necessity, like if you’ve been laid off from your job and are having trouble finding a new one in your field.

  • Are You Clear About How Your Parents Estate Plan Will Impact You?
    April 20, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    Do your parents have an estate plan? Is it up to date? No matter how rich or poor you or your parents are, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to be asking these and several other questions. When your parents become incapaci...

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