The ABC's of Estate Taxes

Benjamin Franklin famously remarked that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  In fact, sometimes death and taxes go together.  The federal government and state governments impose estate taxes on the assets people own when they die. That is the bad news. The good news is that most people will not be…

Contractor Beware: An Employee Classification Pitfall

Did you know that people hired by contractors are presumed to be employees by state law? – even if a contract calls them independent contractors!     Beginning on January 14, 2014, individuals can be held liable for violations of the Employee Classification Act. If you are a contractor who employs independent contractors, you need to become familiar…

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Due Process: Wheels of Justice

Most people have a picture of the court process in their minds that is a composite of all of the courtroom dramas watched on the big screen and the little screen, from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to “Boston Legal”. Most people understand that picture is a caricature but do not understand what the real court…

Documenting Loans: A Best Practice

Many people have or will lend money to other people in their lifetimes.  Often parents lend money to children.  Sometimes friends lend money to friends.  Businesspeople lend money to other businesspeople.  There are many contexts in which one person loans money to another person.  Shareholders of the corporation borrow money from their corporations, or the…