Will My Kids Blow Our IRA or 401k?

Probably. Your kids will receive a call from the IRA plan custodian who will offer them the option of getting a lump sum check or perhaps opening an inherited IRA. Guess what? The will probably take the lump sum. The will also probably burn through it in less than a year. Then they will find.. read more →

Estate Planning for a Special Needs Child

Estate planning for your future can be tricky enough. It becomes even more difficult when you need to plan for a special needs child who may need a lot more care than a normal child. If something happens to you — chronic illness, catastrophic injury or even death — what will happen to your special.. read more →

Finally Dumped Your Ex? It’s Time to Update Your Estate Plan!

The relationship is over, the papers are signed, but you are not quite done. At this point it is time to update your estate plan to reflect your changed life circumstances — even more so if you are contemplating another relationship. A new marriage can open up wonderful new opportunities, but it also comes with.. read more →

10 Tips for Getting Your Business Ready for Sale

If you are thinking of selling your small business you’ve got some work ahead of you. A little hard work now, with the help of a small business lawyer, can save you from plenty of trouble later on. Tip #1: Decide why you are selling Buyers nearly always want to know why you are selling.. read more →

Forming a Business: LLC vs. S Corp

One of the first questions facing you as a small business owner is to decide what type of entity you want to create — stay as a sole proprietor or form an LLC or a corporation. Once you have done that the question is whether to file with the IRS as an S corp. For.. read more →

6 Legal Blunders to Avoid in Business Agreements

A client recently called and asked to have a legal agreement reviewed before signing it. Excellent! However, the client confused “reading” an agreement with “understanding the legal effect” of the words in the agreement. The client stated he “did not see any red flags.” Well, they were there; the client just did not understand what.. read more →

Do I have to pay my parents debts after they die?

Having a parent die is difficult enough without creditors knocking down your door. It is not unusual for there to be medical bills, car leases or credit card debt. The creditors are going to start contacting you very quickly. Who is responsible for this debt? Here are some answers about what happens to the bills.. read more →

Employees or Independent Contactors: Are you in Compliance?

Businesses today use diverse workforces to accomplish their goals, including full- and part-time employees as well as independent contractors. The trouble is, many business misclassify employees as independent contractors and end up in trouble. According to the American Business Bureau, “By some estimates, contingent or temporary workers could reach 30-50 percent of the U.S. workforce… read more →

How Long Can I Afford to Live?

In 1900, the average American lifespan was 47 years of age. Today, our life expectancy is 78.8 years. So many people are wondering if their retirement funds will last long enough, and that question is causing a great deal of anxiety. In addition, it also has people wondering if they’ll be able to leave any.. read more →

Should You Select a Corporate Trustee for Your Estate Plan?

One of the most difficult decisions my clients face when creating an estate plan is naming a trustee to administer to the trust if they become incapacitated or after their death. Many questions need to be asked. Do you have an individual you can trust to follow your wishes? Does that person have the wisdom.. read more →