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Lifetime Tax Exemptions Are Safe for Life

The unified federal estate and gift tax exemption is currently at a stratospheric $11,180,000, and will increase to $11,800,000 in 2019. That means that an individual can give away or transfer on death up to $11,180,000 in wealth without incurring the federal estate or gift tax. This is a lifetime exemption, meaning a person has […]

Know Your Customer — Especially if it’s an LLC

If you’re a small business owner and do business on credit, it’s crucial that you know your customer. It’s even more important if the customer is a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. LLCs and corporations are separate legal entities under the laws of all states. That means they can buy and sell goods and […]

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations Concerning Tax Credits

Last week we mentioned a few things to consider regarding 2018 taxes. Among those is the new $10,000 limit on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Prior to the new law, SALT deductions were unlimited; now they’re capped. In response to that, some state legislatures have proposed or even enacted provisions giving taxpayers a break […]

Six Tax Tips for 2018 to Use Now

We’ve just begun the fourth quarter of 2018, the end of the first year under the new tax code. Here are six tax tips to give you a head start for filing 2018’s tax returns. Review Your Itemizations. The changes to the tax code were sweeping, and a lot of people will find that they […]

Online Shopping Will Soon Cost More

On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned a 1992 decision that held that online purchases could not be taxed by states. The new decision, South Dakota v. Wayfair, held that a company with no employees, property or other presence besides selling online to customers in a given state could nevertheless be taxed by that state or […]

Alzheimer’s and Dementia — What’s the Difference

Estate planning lawyers often deal with clients who fear developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Frequently the two terms are used interchangeably. What’s the difference? Or is there one? Dementia is a syndrome, not a disease. A syndrome is a group of related symptoms that doesn’t have a definitive diagnosis. Dementia is a group of symptoms […]

Is Your Business ADA Compliant?

Since 1992 businesses have been required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. This law is designed to make all businesses accessible to people with disabilities by removing architectural barriers so that disabled persons have the equal ability to gain access to goods or services as non-disabled persons. Here are a few […]

Helping Parents with Alzheimer’s

It’s a diagnosis no one wants to hear: your father has Alzheimer’s disease. All sorts of things run through your mind. What’s next? How will we care for dad? What about mom? How will the family cope with this? The first place to go should be your parent’s doctor. Most of us have a general […]

I Need a Trust

Many clients and prospective clients say they need a trust. My first question is, why? What do you hope to accomplish with a trust?  The answers often include, I want to avoid probate; I want to protect my assets; I want to provide for minor children; I want to protect myself in case I become […]

Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws

While a lot of people are happy about the new tax laws, charitable organizations are less pleased. One of the reasons is that the broader standard deduction makes it less likely that taxpayer will itemize their deductions, which in turn does away with the deduction for charitable contributions. Absent the tax benefit, many charities fear […]


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