5 Estate Planning Must-Dos if You’re Getting Divorced—Part 2

Because getting divorced can be overwhelming on so many different levels, updating your estate plan often takes a back seat to other seemingly more-pressing priorities. But failing to update your plan for divorce can have potentially tragic consequences, some of which you may have never even considered before. In Part 1 of this blog post, we reviewed a couple “must-do’s” if you’re getting divorced, and we’ll review a Read More

All in the Family: Wise Tax-Saving Strategies

There is a certain allure that family-owned businesses have in this country - “mom-and-pop” stores are still an important part of the local, state, and national companies. One of the defining features of these Main Street businesses is the fact that family members, often across several generations, often keep these small businesses running. Recent changes to the federal tax code (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017) Read More

Do You Actually Own The Work You Pay Contractors To Produce?

While hiring independent contractors (ICs) offers a range of valuable benefits in terms of cost savings and convenience, it also opens your business up to some unique legal and financial complications. This is particularly true when it comes to your company’s intellectual property (IP).  Unlike employees, with whom you generally own automatic copyrights to everything they produce while working for you, ICs typically Read More

Protect Your Business and Family Through a Revocable Living Trust

While various types of insurance can protect your business from lawsuits and other liabilities, perhaps the greatest liability of all—especially if you’re the sole owner of your business—is what could happen to your company when you die or if you should become incapacitated by accident or illness.  To ensure your business—and the income it provides your family—is protected if you’re no longer in the picture, you’ll Read More

Avoid These 4 Mistakes When Naming Life Insurance Beneficiaries

Investing in life insurance is a foundational part of estate planning. However, when naming your policy’s beneficiaries, there are a number of mistakes you can make that could lead to potentially dire consequences for the very people you’re trying to protect and support. The following four mistakes are among the most common we see clients make when selecting life insurance beneficiaries. If you’ve made any of these Read More

5 Estate Planning Must-Dos if You’re Getting Divorced—Part 1

Divorce can be traumatic for the whole family. Even if the process is amicable, it involves many tough decisions, legal hassles, and painful emotions that can drag out over several months, or even years. That said, while you probably don’t want to add any more items to your to-do list during these trying times, it’s absolutely critical that you review and update your estate plan—not only after the divorce is final, Read More

Minimizing Your Tax Burden When Selling Your Company

The time is finally nigh to begin seeking a buyer for your successful California small business. After all those hours of sweat equity, you are ready to fully enjoy the fruits of your labor. One thing that concerns you, though, is having to pay all those taxes on your capital gains. To confront this issue, this blog will provide some general information on how to reduce your tax burden in this situation.  Why Do Read More

Understanding the 199A Deduction and Entity Optimization

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, enacted in 2018, has many complex provisions, credits, and deductions that are still being figured out by financial and tax professionals today. One of those deductions is now known as the Section 199A deduction for pass-through small businesses like sole proprietorships, S-corporations, and certain types of partnerships. It can also allow some real estate investors to take Read More

4 Necessary Exit Plan Steps to Keep In Mind

Exiting your business isn’t a decision to be made lightly. It may have been something you were considering before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, or it could have been something that you’ve had to reckon with because of shelter-in-place orders. Maybe your business had already been struggling, and you’ve had to come to terms with your financial struggles due to long-term closures and loss of revenue. Or perhaps you want to Read More

Don’t Let Diminished Financial Capacity Put Your Elderly Loved Ones At Risk—Part 1

With more and more Baby Boomers reaching retirement age each year, our country is undergoing an unprecedented demographic transformation that’s been dubbed “The Greying of America”. This population shift stands to affect many aspects of life, especially your relationships with aging parents and other senior family members. By 2060, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 Read More