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Retirement Account Basics for 2020

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to volatile markets. In response , Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act was primarily aimed at providing quick and substantial relief to individuals and businesses affected by the economic shutdown In addition, the new legislation contains other provisions concerning retirement accounts that may lower your tax bill for 2020.

How to Choose the Right Business Attorney

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

A skilled attorney is a critical part of any business owner’s advisory team. Business attorneys are equipped to assist you in handling a variety of tasks that can protect you from potential legal and business pitfalls, in addition to solving existing legal issues. As important as they are to your team, finding the right business attorney may be challenging if you do not know what to look for.

Understanding How LLC Members Pay Taxes

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Limited liability companies (LLCs) are one of the most popular types of business entities. The LLC’s flexible taxation options are one reason it is preferred; LLC members can, for the most part, choose how they would like to be taxed.

What You Need to Know about Paying Yourself as a Single-Member LLC

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

You are a new business owner and have decided to organize your business as a limited liability company (LLC). You are its sole owner and work for the company. How do you pay yourself? Are there guidelines regarding how often and how much you are entitled to? How do self-employment taxes come into play? The answers to these questions depend on how your LLC is taxed.

Education Funding Flexibility in Light of COVID-19

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Education will still be costly. In times of uncertainty, it is important for your planning to be as flexible as possible while still meeting your needs. Some techniques for funding education expenses require that the funds be spent only on certain items to take full advantage of tax breaks and incentives.

How to Legally Terminate an Employee

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

How a business handles terminating an employee can either increase or decrease the risk of negative consequences like lawsuits and unfavorable public attention. Here are the best practices to keep in mind if you are considering terminating an employee.

What Is an S Corporation and Should I Form One?

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, the S corporation is not a distinct entity type. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an S corporation is a corporation that has elected treatment as a pass-through entity for federal income tax purposes under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code[1]. This tax election allows the corporation to enjoy a unique combination of benefits if it meets the requirements.

Why Your Marital Agreement Should Be Shown to Your Estate Planner

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon for couples to enter into marital agreements stating what property is separately owned by each spouse and the property rights each spouse will have in the event of separation, divorce, or death. Because these agreements can change or limit a surviving spouse’s right to inherit, play certain roles in their deceased spouse’s estate plan, or take advantage of certain tax benefits, they can have a substantial effect on an estate plan.

Legal Requirements to Consider When Selecting an Executor

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The person you choose to be your executor (sometimes called a personal representative) will play an extremely important role, as that person will be responsible for gathering, securing, managing, and ultimately distributing your money and property when you pass away. As a result, you should make your selection only after careful consideration regarding who is the best person to fulfill this role.

Legal Considerations When Hiring an Intern

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Internships can be beneficial to both you as a business owner and the intern. Interns can receive hands-on training in their field of interest while assisting your company in reaching its goals. However, it is important to keep in mind the various legal considerations and requirements associated with this specific type of hire.

Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Real Impact on Estate Planning

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Assisted reproductive technology is an issue that could have a major impact on estate planning for families seeking to have children through its use. We can help you ensure that children born as a result of ART have a financially secure future, as well as help you think through whether you want to make a gift of your genetic material if you pass away before it can be used.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Forming an LLC?

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

A limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity that protects its owners, referred to as members, from being personally liable for the debts of the company. The LLC is unique because it combines various characteristics of other entity types, which together make it one of today’s most preferred legal structures for companies.

How to Handle Savings Bonds in Estate Planning and at Death

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are several estate planning issues you should keep in mind if you have savings bonds or plan to invest in them. If you own savings bonds or are considering investing in them as part of your financial plan, we can help you consider the pros and cons, as well as the best ways to title them in order to achieve your estate planning goals.

Force Majeure Clauses in Light of COVID-19

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Businesses across the globe have experienced unprecedented interruptions and closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many businesses are finding it difficult to perform their contractual obligations. Consequently, a common but often overlooked contractual clause is in the limelight: the force majeure clause.

Key Considerations for Managing a Remote Workforce

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a business owner, you may be exploring the idea of permanently utilizing a remote workforce; however, you may not be aware of all of the relevant factors to consider and preparations to implement. Be sure to take the following measures as you move toward permanent virtual employment.

How to Reopen Your Business After COVID-19

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jun 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

Despite the uncertainty that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic and that still lies ahead, one thing remains certain: Most businesses will eventually reopen. Business owners navigating this new landscape must figure out how to restart their operations while keeping their staff and customers as healthy as possible.

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