COVID-19 Highlights Critical Need for Advance Health Care Directives—Part 2

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed the vital importance of having updated Advance Health Care Directives in place in light of COVID-19. In this post, we’ll look at several additional provisions you should consider adding to your Directives to address potential contingencies related to the pandemic.  With new cases of COVID-19 currently surging in dozens of states, doctors across the country are Read More

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Tax Consequences

Now that many business owners have hopefully seen Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) approvals and funds hit their bank accounts, you may be wondering how to ensure the loan is forgiven and what the tax consequences will be. We’ve got some of your answers. Recently, some business owners were surprised to find out that payments for payroll, and other expenses paid using PPP money, will not be tax deductible. It Read More

Appealing Your Commercial Property Tax Bill

The past few months have presented a great amount of uncertainty in the real estate markets due to coronavirus. While the residential real estate market has picked up somewhat, many commercial properties are struggling to sustain or regain their values. Fortunately, there is a way you can use this decline-in-market value cycle to your advantage: by appealing your commercial property’s tax bill with the County Read More

How (and Why) to Keep Your Business Records Up to Date

This article talks 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 2019 business taxes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your upcoming records up to date as soon as possible and do better moving forward. Good record-keeping definitely isn’t the flashiest or most exciting part of your business. In fact, it can Read More

COVID-19 Highlights Critical Need for Advance Health Care Directives—Part 1

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.  The most critical planning tools for this purpose are Advance Health Care Directives that describe your wishes for medical treatment and Read More

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