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Complete Protection and Value for Your Company's IP

Getting Complete Protection and Value for Your Company’s IP

Protecting The Most Valuable Business Asset That You Have Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, For decades, Harold has been building his business after starting it from scratch. He is now preparing to sell his company by identifying all of the company’s assets for a prospective buyer. Harold and his CFO identify the valuable tangible assets such as equipment, rolling stock, cash, equivalents, and accounts receivable. They chronicle the balance sheet […]

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Does Your Estate Plan Protect Your Liquid Assets

Does Your Estate Plan Protect Your Liquid Assets?

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, Margery enjoys success in her business and has significant balances in her California bank. That is, until she gets sued. Because it is almost always cheaper to settle a tort case than to let it go to trial, Margery decided to go that route. Unfortunately, she had to settle for more than she would like because of the large amount of liquid assets that she […]

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Updating your Estate Planning after divorce

Updating Your Estate Planning after Divorce

DON’T BE LIKE BOB Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, Bob and Mary got married in 1993. Mary had one daughter, Jane, from a prior marriage. Even though Bob never officially adopted Jane, he treated Jane as if she were his daughter throughout the entire marriage. However, in Bob’s joint trust with Mary, she was referred to as “Bob’s wife.” Moreover, Bob’s Will referred to Jane as his “step-child”. The joint […]

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The Malta Pension Plan

The Malta Pension Plan

How a little country south of Italy can help fund your retirement. Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends,  Janet Weiss founded her software company shortly after she earned her MBA. Under her watchful eye, it grew from a two-person startup into a company valued at $75 million. Taking the time to enjoy her hard-earned success has become increasingly important to Janet. At the ripe old age of 49, Janet began to […]

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IRC SEC. 1031 Exchanges on Hit List Under Proposed New Tax Laws

IRC SEC. 1031 Exchanges on Hit List Under Proposed New Tax Laws

Contact Your Congressmen and Senators Clients and Colleagues, I am reaching out to inform you that there is a particularly unfavorable proposal being considered relative to Real Estate investing. The Bill being considered would cap the amount of a 1031 exchange to a maximum deferral of $500,000 of gain. This will effectively repeal 1031 exchanges for commercial real estate. This could certainly curtail the number of sellers in the market, making it […]

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The Sanders 99.5% Act's Estate Tax Proposal

The Sanders 99.5% Act’s Estate Tax Proposal

Use it or Lose it: The Sanders 99.5% Act’s Estate Tax Proposal On March 25, 2021, Senator Sanders and the Whitehouse formally proposed a bill which would make changes to the current estate and gift tax system. This bill apparently has some support among Democratic Senators and Congressmen. While it is the hope of many that this proposed law will not be enacted, it seems best to “plan for the […]

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Big Changes to Trust Taxation Part II

Part II – Big Changes to Trust Taxation Could be Coming. Are You Prepared?

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends, A number of our readers contacted us to ask what ideas we had to combat this potential change. Here is one potential planning tip that allows you to have your cake and eat it too: With the possibility that the exemption will be reduced during the 2021 year and that it can be effective as of January 1, 2021, some tax practitioners are recommending that the trust receiving the $11,700,000 gift in early 2021 disclaim […]

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Big Changes to Trust Taxation Could be Coming

Big Changes to Trust Taxation Could be Coming. Are You Prepared?

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends, One Democratic estate tax policy proposal must be carefully watched when debate on the Biden tax plan begins: the potential changes to the grantor trust rules embedded in the Sanders ‘For the 99.8 Percent Act.’ This proposal would add new Section 2901 to the Code and would change grantor trust taxation in four important ways.  If you, as grantor, formed an irrevocable trust to remove […]

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The Truth About Death & Taxes

The Truth About Death & Taxes: And how Opportunity Zone Investments can Boost Estate Planning Benefits

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends,  Phil has had a great year – financially at least. A successful real estate developer, his two longest-term and riskiest bets sold way over asking price, giving him a significant cash windfall. In a normal year, Phil would be spending the holidays at his beach house in Hawaii, celebrating his success with his lovely wife, their three grown children, and their seven precocious, hilarious, adorable […]

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Hope for the Best - Plan for the Worst

Hope for the Best – Plan for the Worst

Divorce Proofing Your Premarital Assets Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends, Whoever said “money can’t buy happiness” has never paid for a divorce. Paul Tommins should know… he’s paid for two of them. His divorces – expensive as they were – came with silver linings.  Free of the daily push and pull of domestic life, Paul was able to focus on building his fulfillment business, diving headfirst into creating a corporation […]

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