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 … continue reading the entire article

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 a family-owned one. To maintain the fruits of your labor, … continue reading the entire article

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 … continue reading the entire article

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 … continue reading the entire article

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 the complete trust of the other party, especially if it is with … continue reading the entire article

Top 7 Pitfalls When Buying a Business

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Purchasing a business is exciting, but the process can be tricky and confusing. There are a variety of variables you should consider before signing on the dotted line. Here are seven common pitfalls: Not forming a business entity. Don’t begin signing contracts, leases, or loan agreements in your own name without planning and implementing your … continue reading the entire article