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1803, 2022

Venture Capital – Best Practices

By |March 18th, 2022|Categories: Business, Corporate and Venture, The Advisor|Comments Off on Venture Capital – Best Practices

The majority of start-up and early-stage businesses require capital in order to flourish. A significant difficulty is that many of these enterprises are unable to secure regular bank loans or do not wish to make the personal guarantees often required to gain those loans. As a result, they must resort to alternative sources of funding, such as venture capital. Such money can be difficult to get and is sometimes subject to federal and state legal limitations.What Is Venture Capital and How Does It Work?Venture capital is a type of finance provided by investors to enterprises, the great majority of which [...]

403, 2022

CHANGES IN ESTATE TAX RULES AND THE NEED TO REVIEW YOUR TRUST DOCUMENTS: An issue arising under married couples’ trusts signed prior to 2015

By |March 4th, 2022|Categories: Estate and Tax Planning, The Advisor|Tags: , , |Comments Off on CHANGES IN ESTATE TAX RULES AND THE NEED TO REVIEW YOUR TRUST DOCUMENTS: An issue arising under married couples’ trusts signed prior to 2015

January 2022 Many people create revocable probate avoidance type trusts and then mistakenly believe that they do not need to again look their estate planning documents until a crisis arises. Unfortunately, it may then be too late to avoid expensive steps to correct the issues that may have developed in the meantime. A very common issue has come up in my practice that underscores the need for married couples to revisit their estate planning documents and ensure that they are drafted with the current estate tax rules in mind: Prior to 2015, the vast majority married couples’ living trusts in [...]

602, 2022

Litigation Insight: Attorney-Client Privilege: What it is and Why You Should Care

By |February 6th, 2022|Categories: The Advisor|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Litigation Insight: Attorney-Client Privilege: What it is and Why You Should Care

December 2021 Every fan of TV legal dramas has heard the phrase “attorney-client privilege.” Tune in to almost any episode of Law & Order and odds are good that you will hear someone asserting “attorney client privilege” or discussing the implications of “the privilege” for their investigation or case. It is easy to dismiss attorney-client privilege as a TV plot point but maintaining attorney-client privilege should be an important consideration for any business acting through its employees and agents. What is Attorney-Client Privilege and Why is it Important? The attorney-client privilege is a legal rule that protects (1) confidential communications [...]

1111, 2021

Three Things to Consider Before Hiring a Remote Workforce

By |November 11th, 2021|Categories: The Advisor|Comments Off on Three Things to Consider Before Hiring a Remote Workforce

November 2021 In the wake of the global pandemic, many employers have concluded that an on-site workforce may be both unnecessary and undesirable. A remote workforce can cause a dramatic reduction in overhead (via lessened or nonexistent rental costs on office space, energy usage, etc.), can promote employee goodwill, and can potentially enable tapping into a global market for the best available talent. Whether these positive factors outweigh the potential negatives (e.g., reduced human interaction, workflow efficiency concerns) is a matter best left to sound business judgment. However, there are also many legal concerns you should consider before beginning [...]

910, 2021

Potential Impacts on Commercial Real Estate under the Biden Administrations’ Tax Plan

By |October 9th, 2021|Categories: Land Use and Real Estate, The Advisor|Comments Off on Potential Impacts on Commercial Real Estate under the Biden Administrations’ Tax Plan

The 1031 exchange, a popular tool to create wealth by “deferring” capital gains tax on real estate investments, is on the chopping block in the “American Families Plan” put forward by the Biden Administration earlier this year. If the change is implemented it could have a significant impact on the way small investors participate in the commercial real estate market. Under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, there is currently no limit to the amount of capital gain that taxpayers may defer. This allows a real estate investor, for example, who bought a building for $2 million and [...]

2905, 2021

The Importance of Understanding Basic U.S. Securities Laws Before Seeking Investors

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: Business, Corporate and Venture, News, The Advisor, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Importance of Understanding Basic U.S. Securities Laws Before Seeking Investors

May 2021 Small businesses need capital to startup, operate, and grow. When entrepreneurs lack the ability or desire to fund a venture entirely from personal assets, they will seek capital from outside investors. If you have or plan on founding a startup, it is imperative to have a general understanding of United States securities laws. Many entrepreneurs assume that they don’t need to worry about securities laws unless they’re “going public” but, if you intend to raise any outside money you must comply with both federal and state securities laws while doing so, otherwise your raise may result in liability for [...]

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