Avoid Chaos With An Operating Agreement

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When a business owner decides to file their Limited Liability Company (LLC) on their own, creating a thorough Operating Agreement is the step that is most often overlooked. Often, many commonly omitted details can be avoided when you go through the process of forming your LLC with a professional.   The LLC Operating Agreement is …

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Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

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One thing is for certain. Life is full of uncertainty. Natural disasters, disruption in the economy, and illnesses can lead to loss of property, jobs, health and, yes, even death. While we cannot control the next catastrophe, what we can we do is prepare to be in a better position to care for our families, …

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You Have the Right to Refuse an Inheritance

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Did you know that just because you are awarded an inheritance, you don’t have to accept it? When you receive a gift from someone’s estate, you can refuse to accept the gift for any reason. This is called “disclaiming” the gift. When you disclaim a gift, you have no right to decide who gets it. …

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How a Beneficiary Deed Works

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Assets can be placed directly into a living trust to avoid probate, but also in some situations you may choose to instead transfer the property by beneficiary deed. A beneficiary deed lists who the owner wants to inherit the property after his/her death. The new deed must be signed and recorded with the office of …

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Why is a Business Succession Plan Important?

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Every business owner knows that building a business takes dedication, commitment, hard work, sacrifice, sweat equity, and yes, a little luck. There is nothing quite like the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from owning a successful business, whether it is a partnership or family-owned. To maintain the fruits of your labor, you should …

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How to Plan for Diminishing Capacity

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Estate planning conversations shouldn’t focus solely on what will happen to your assets after death, but also on what may happen if you experience diminishing mental capacity during your lifetime as a result of an accident, disease, medication, or dementia. It can happen at any age. A General Durable Power of Attorney (POA) focuses primarily …

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Digital Assets and Your Estate Plan

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Did you know that access to an electronic record is considered a digital asset? You should establish a way to keep track of important logins, passwords, access keys and personal identification numbers (PINs) to ensure your family and power of attorney can access important online and electronic records when the need arises. Make a list …

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It’s Good Business to Protect Your Personal Assets

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The most important decision you make as a business owner, whether starting a new business, purchasing a business, or reviewing a current business entity, is choosing the legal structure that will protect your personal assets. Three options to consider: Doing Business As (DBA): This option is simply filing a fictitious name registration for your business …

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Why You Should Get it in Writing

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These may be the four most important words for an entrepreneur or small-business owner who often operates on a “handshake” principle: Get it in writing. The challenge and excitement of starting a new business can lead to entering business agreements haphazardly or with complete trust of the other party, especially if it is with a …

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