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Singapore Business Law - Refinancing (Money Saving Tip)

The recent economic downturn have resulted in many of us tightening our belts. For most of us, this means having to forgo our annual overseas holidays, having to downgrade from going to restaurants to having our family meals at food court. Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their spending. We often overlook the very obvious method (and also substantial) savings through refinancing.

Singapore Business Law - Shareholders' Agreement : What's In It for Me?

Why do you need a Shareholders' Agreement? Reducing uncertainty, providing investors with evidence of stability in the business; minimizing the cost of a business break up; planning for retirement and business succession are some of the many reasons why you might want a shareholders' agreement. This articles examines the legal issues that a Shareholders Agreement should address.

Singapore Business Law - Protect Your Assets With Keyman Insurance

Have you ever considered whether or not your business could continue without you or your key employees? “Keyman Insurance” is an insurance policy designed to financially protect a business from the effects of prolonged illness or death of important employees of a business. Read this article to find out how your business can benefit from keyman insurance.

Singapore Business Law - Letters of Intent and What They Achieve

Business owners generally assume that a Letter of Intent made precursory to a contract would be legally binding and entitle you to legal remedies if the other party reneges on the deal. This article explains why this is often not the case. Hey What Happened? Didn’t We Sign the Memorandum of Understanding?

Purchaser's Guide When Doing Business in China

As an international trade attorney in China, I have tackled many case of international trade dispute. I think if buyer has advice before buying goods in China, then they can have successful business, if not, they will lose thoroughly.


The registration/ formation and management of companies are governed by the companies Act 2012 and several other laws such as the Investment Code Act, The income tax Act, Value Added Tax Act, Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act, National Social Security Fund Act among others.

Expanded Medicaid Might Impact Private Plans

There is no doubt that you have heard a great deal of information bandied about regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law, in a 5-4 decision. All of the facts and figures can be confusing, especially since they all seem to conflict from day-to-day. So what kind of effect, if any, will the PPACA’s expansion of Medicaid have on private health insurance rates?

Answering Unified Tax Questions

The estate tax and the gift tax are unified under the tax code. We would like to provide a basic explanation with regard to what exactly this means to you. You cannot simply give gifts while you are alive in an effort to circumvent the estate tax. There is a federal gift tax in place as well and it carries the same rate as the estate tax.

Iron from China Instead of Russia- Is this a Breach of Contract? - Israel

This article deals with the ruling of the Israeli court regarding a contract about imported iron. The Haifa District Court has recently deferred the prosecution of an iron importer, filed against an Israeli company who had given their assurance to purchase that same iron but went back on their word.

Unified Exclusion Applies to Estate Plus Taxable Gifts

You may have heard the term "unified exclusion" if you have started to do any research into the field of estate planning as you look ahead toward your own future. What this is referring to is the amount of resources you can pass along to your loved ones without facing the prospect of paying a hefty tax.

Malta Retirement Program Rules 2012

In October 2012, the Maltese Government has issued a special tax status for retirees from EU, EEA countries and Switzerland when remitting their pension into Malta. A fixed tax rate of 15% will be due on the pension remitted, and the minimum tax payable shall be of €7,500 for the beneficiary and €500 for every dependant (if any).

Shedding Light on Unified Gift/Estate Tax

The taxes that are imposed on transfers of assets are something to take very seriously when you are interested in wealth preservation. These taxes extend beyond the estate tax alone. There is also a gift tax, and it is unified with the estate tax under Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Introduction of the Malta Recognized Incorporated Cell Company

In the 17th April 2012, the Companies Act (Recognized Incorporated Cell Companies) Regulations (the “Regulations”) were incorporated into Maltese law by virtue of L.N. 119 of 2012. The said Regulations are supplemented by the MFSA Investment Services Rules for Recognized Incorporated Cell Companies (“RICC”) and Incorporated Cells which have been integrated into the existing MFSA investment services regulatory framework...

Protecting Your Assets from Expanding Nursing Home Costs

Nursing home costs are rising, which could be detrimental to your financial health should you find yourself in need of nursing home care, or even that of an assisted living community. In fact, the average annual cost for a nursing home is running around $75,000 per person. Having insurance won’t be much of a help since most insurance plans do not cover the costs associated with a nursing home.

Study Reveals Dangers of Elderly Loneliness

Seniors who don't have a lot of strong social connections may be putting their health at a significant risk. Researchers have long known that social isolation and feelings of loneliness can contribute to a decline in health in almost anyone, but elderly people are especially susceptible. Now, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have released the results of a new study, which further demonstrates just how dangerous being alone as a senior can be.

Will Updates Can Require Care

It isn't uncommon for a new client to walk into an estate planning attorney's office and ask if the attorney can make a quick update to a Will. While updating a Will is possible and is generally not difficult, there are often complicating factors which will require you to take more time and to think carefully about how your updates will affect your estate plan. Here are a pair of issues you want to think about if you are intent on updating or changing your Will.

Pet Planning Solution: Pet Trusts

Estate planning involves making provisions for those that you care about, and with this in mind you must remember to include your pet. Yes, pet planning is an important part of any holistic estate plan and you must make sure that your pet will be properly cared for if you pass away first.

Business in Peru

Peruvian corporations can be incorporated by a 100% of foreign shareholders. The most common corporations are the publicly-held corporation ("sociedad anónima abierta") and the closely held corporation ("sociedad anónima cerrada"). First at all, it is advisable to carry out a previous search before the Public Register of Companies.

New Statutory Rules on Disclosure of Price Sensitive Information in Hong Kong

In order to maintain the integrity of Hong Kong stock market and to ensure a fair and informed market, a new Part XIVA of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (“SFO”) which imposes new statutory obligations on listed corporations and their officers to disclose price sensitive information (“PSI”) to the public will come into effect on 1 January 2013.

Protecting and Growing Your Business in Jamaica - Legal Perspective

Operating a successful business in Jamaica is difficult. Therefore, protecting your business requires the skillful and balanced use of legal and non-legal advisers at all times. Bottom line, lawyers are indispensable to avoid litigation, wasting time and financial resources, damaged brand, protecting intellectual assets, protection of trade secrets, and governmental fines. Positively, your business could be placed in a position to reap many value enhancing benefits.

The Advantages of Trading Through a Limited Company in the Bahamas

Is your business trading in the most cost effective way and is your legal status adequately protected? Choosing the best legal ‘vehicle’ through which to operate your business is perhaps the most important decision you can make as a business owner – particularly with the advice of an expert companies lawyer.

The Gift Tax, the Estate Tax and Your Family's Future

It is important to be aggressive about tax planning in light of the heavy toll that the federal estate tax can take on your legacy. To be able to act intelligently you must gain an understanding of the taxation that is imposed on significant asset transfers and we will shed some light here.

Can Creditors Attack a Family Member's Inheritance?

It is a good idea to think things all the way through when you are engaged in the process of inheritance planning. Getting resources into the hands of your loved ones is of course the goal, but you would do well to consider the personality traits and financial capabilities of the people who will be receiving inheritances.

DIY Legal Documents Objectively Examined

Oklahoma City estate planning attorneys are licensed to provide legal services to their clients. They are bound by professional guidelines. That means you have a high degree of certainty that the documents that are prepared by a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association will stand up under the scrutiny of the probate court.

Unification of Gift and Estate Tax

To be able to proceed intelligently when you are planning your estate you must have an understanding of the relevant tax laws. There are those who think that it is not fair, but acts of giving while you are alive or after you pass away are taxable.

Reverse Mortgages vs. A Line of Credit – Which is Right for You

For many elderly Americans, the golden years are fraught with concerns over money instead of spent sitting on the front porch sipping iced tea. Social Security does not provide the average retiree enough income to live on comfortably. Employer sponsored pensions and retirement accounts are virtually unheard of anymore.

Don't Wait for an Estate Plan

The Jefferson’s was always one of the funniest television shows around. It's still funnier than most of the shows that have come afterwards. What is not funny is what has happened to the star of the show, Sherman Helmsley, after he passed away. I mean literally what has happened to him. He died two months ago and his body has still not been laid to rest.

Probate Avoidance Would Have Helped Hemsley

There are certain pitfalls that go along with this and you should be aware of them before making any final decisions. During probate anyone who wanted to contest the will could step forward and present his or her case and the probate court would hear these arguments.

Leaving a Veterinary Practice / Closing a Veterinary Practice

This is the last article in my 8-part series on the basic corporate, business and contract law issues for veterinary corporations and veterinary practices in California. This article gives a very brief overview of how a veterinarian leaves or closes a veterinary practice. The veterinarian can’t just walk away – leaving or closing a veterinary practice is more complex than you think.

Buying and Selling a Veterinary Practice

This is Article #7 in my 8-part series on the basic corporate, business and contract law issues for veterinary corporations and veterinary practices in California. This article gives a quick overview of buying and selling a veterinary practice. I discuss the deal from due diligence, through deal terms, to the definitive deal documents.

Bringing a New Veterinarian into a Vet Practice

This is Article #6 in my 8-part series on the basic corporate, business and contract law issues for veterinary corporations and veterinary practices in California. This article gives an outline of how to bring a new veterinarian into a veterinary practice. I go from common sense to legal advice, from the veterinarian’s purchase of ownership to the parties’ exit strategy and unwinding of the relationship.

Can a Veterinarian Compete Against His or Her Former Practice?

This is Article #5 in my 8-part series on the basic corporate, business and contract law issues for veterinary corporations and veterinary practices in California. If you are in a group veterinary practice, you might wonder, “Can I or another veterinarian in this practice set up a competing practice?” “Will a non-competition agreement prevent it?” These questions are crucial both to the existing group and the veterinarian who would set up the competing practice.

Estate Planning and Former Spouse Beneficiaries

The process of divorce is extremely emotional and stressful for people, so, as a result, it is quite easy to overlook important details. One such important detail to remember after receiving a divorce is to check the beneficiaries listed on any life insurance policies, wills, trusts, IRAs, 401(k)’s and other employer-provided plans or similar documents.

Are All Conditional Gifts Valid?

There is nothing unusual about making an inheritance conditional on something else. Conditional gifts are as old as estate planning itself. For example, inheritances are often conditioned on the heir or beneficiary reaching a particular age or graduating from college. Most people do not see any controversy in these conditions.

Retiring Without Spending Everything

Many people have a very similar problem. They want to know how to save enough for their own retirement and still have money left over to leave an inheritance to their children. It is a problem that does not have any easy answers.

Don't Wait Until After the Election

On our blog, we have recently been posting about the Presidential candidates proposals for changing the estate tax and investment taxes. The two candidates' proposals couldn't be more different, especially on the estate tax, which Romney would seek to eliminate. Because of the uncertainty about who will win the election, some people might be tempted to put off getting an estate plan until after the election. That would be a mistake.

Should I Appoint Co-Trustees?

For many people, a comprehensive estate plan includes one or more trusts. Trusts offer numerous advantages such as flexibility, control and both tax and probate avoidance in some cases. Although there are a wide variety of trusts that you can choose from when you decide to create a trust, all trusts require the same basic elements to start—a beneficiary, a trustee and funds.

How to Protect Against Identity Theft

In today’s digital age, identity theft is a serious concern for everyone. Not only is stealing an identity potentially easier in the electronic age, but once an identity has been stolen, a considerable amount of damage can be done in a relatively short period of time. Sometimes, the damage cannot be repaired, leaving victims without their life savings in their golden years.

Hidden Assets That Warrant an Estate Plan

One of the most common reasons people give for not creating a comprehensive estate plan is that they do not believe they have enough assets to warrant creating one. While there are reasons apart from assets why creating an estate plan is important, you might also be surprised at the hidden assets you have that do warrant creating an estate plan.

Types of Probate Property

What does it mean when an attorney tells you that something is probate property? What about non-probate property? If you don’t know, then you should keep reading. When someone dies, he or she is called a decedent, and the property that they owned will be classified as being either probate property or non-probate property.

Achieve Three Objectives With Alaska Trusts

It is nice to be able to achieve multiple objectives through a single action and in many cases this can be done in the financial planning field. For those who are seeking asset protection, income, and estate tax benefits, Alaska trusts may be just one of these very efficient multipurpose tools.

Recent NBER Findings Can Provide Motivation

Sometimes you can be motivated by the difficulties that others have experienced and avoid the pitfalls that led them into unenviable positions. With this in mind we would like to highlight the findings of a study of interest to the elder law community that was recently conducted by experts associated with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Consumer Reports: Don't Go DIY Route with Last Wills

When websites that offer do-it-yourself estate planning documents started to appear and advertise aggressively licensed attorneys began cautioning people about utilizing these downloads and worksheets. There is really no substitute for legally binding documents constructed by a licensed professional who is a member of the Bar Association right here in the state of Nevada.

Celebrity Estate Planning News: Hemsley Will Contested

We like to pass along news about the estate planning successes and failures of celebrities from time to time and there is an interesting situation unfolding around the estate of the recently deceased comedic actor Sherman Hemsley.

Will Your Funeral Be What You Wanted It to Be?

For many of us, how our funeral is handled when we die is important. You may have very specific ideas about what type of service you want and whether you wish to be buried or cremated. Although you may have expressed your desires to family members or loved ones, there is no guarantee that those desires will be taken into account when you actually die.

Legal Professors Examine DIY Last Wills

When you are looking for the facts with regard to products and services a highly respected go-to resource is Consumer Reports. Their website and their hard copy magazine are great sources of information, and their research is conducted in a totally objective and unbiased manner.

Challenge to Actor's Will Demonstrates Probate Pitfall

People sometimes choose to take steps to enable the future transfer of their assets to their loved ones outside of the probate process. When you use a last will your estate must be probated, and there are certain pitfalls that go along with this course of action.

Legal Professors: Do-It Yourself Notions Not a Viable Substitute

Consumer Reports magazine tackled a subject that is near and dear to estate planning attorneys recently and we would like to pass along the results. You may be aware of the fact that there are some websites on the Internet that will provide visitors with do-it yourself estate planning documents.

Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery and Compliance Country Report: Turkey

Turkey, even restructured its banking sector several times, has still not made sufficient progress in money laundering and compliance legislation for improvement of the inspection obligations. In particular due to its location bridging Europe to Asia attracts the foreign criminal organizations of migrant smuggling, terrorism and narcotics. Turkey hosted many brass plate companies in the past set for the purpose of placement, layering and integration of laundering transactions by 1990s.

Honoring Your Last Wishes – Are You Sure Your Family Will Do So?

When it comes to honoring your last wishes regarding your funeral and burial, are you sure that your family will do so? What if you want to be buried in an Elvis costume? Or maybe you want to be cremated and your wife doesn’t believe in cremation. It could be that you have always wanted an Irish wake when you die but your family cannot imagine such a thing.

Trusted Source: Do-It-Yourself Last Wills Are Not a Good Choice

Estate planning attorneys will tell you to take pause before assuming that you can simply and easily execute your own estate plan using downloads that you purchase off the Internet. While the discerning individual may see the obvious logic here, there are those who take a more cynical approach. They suggest that attorneys would guide you away from these do-it-yourself resources because they are in the business of drawing up legally binding documents for their clients.

3 Tips for Vacation Planning and Your Estate Plan

The average American probably spends a lot more time planning for a vacation than they do planning their estate. If you haven't already done so, vacation planning can provide you a good reason to begin your estate planning efforts. All you have to do is think about what might happen to you and your family if an emergency should arise while you are on vacation.

Co-Ownership of Property and Avoiding Probate – 3 Questions

Question 1: Are There Different Types Of Co-Ownership of Property? Yes, and not all types of property co-ownership avoid probate. The different ownership types include tenancy in common, joint tenancy with right of survivorship and tenancy by the entirety.

When You Need to Update Your Will, Use Caution

If you have created a last Will and testament you know that it took some time and effort to create a document that served your individual situation and your desires. Likewise, if you have experienced a significant life change or have changed your mind about your will decisions, you should know that making changes to the will may also require the same attention to detail.

Early Action Leads to Comfortable Retirement

When you are a young adult you have a unique opportunity. You can make the choice to begin saving for retirement early on during your career. If you do you will be very happy about making that decision later on.

Help Relatives Now, Reduce Future Tax Burden

Success is the name of the game, but unfortunately the fruition of your financial goals can present some tax challenges. If your assets exceed a certain amount after you pass away your heirs are potentially subject to the Federal estate tax.

Scratch Below the Surface before Using Joint Accounts

There are times when you may hear someone make the case for a simple solution to a complex problem and find yourself buying into this self-styled notion. When it comes to estate planning, you would do well to scratch below the surface and think long and hard before adopting pseudo-solutions that may be too good to be true.

A Grandfather's Privacy

A client recently shared a story with me. He explained that when he was a young child, he used to spend a lot of time at his grandparents' house. They always treated him kindly and had fresh, homemade food. He loved his grandmother's pickles. As he got a little bit older, he started asking them about various things. They always did their best to answer his questions. Looking back, he said that many of their answers were not exactly accurate, but they were not harmful either.

DIY Savings Can Be Costly in Long Run

Sometimes you make a decision that seems like an economical one at the moment, but this attempt to save money can actually have the reverse result. In the end unintended consequences can arise and they can sometimes be extremely costly. This is something to keep firmly in mind when you are thinking about constructing an estate plan on your own using an online download of some sort.

Joint Accounts? It's Not That Easy

There are those who decide that opening a joint account or accounts is a substitute for a properly constructed estate plan. After all they reason, if you have a last will professionally drawn up you will be choosing an executor. This is going to have to be someone that you trust to take care of things in accordance with your wishes.

Do You Have a Spendthrift Heir?

If you have a spendthrift heir you may want to take steps to make sure that this family member does not burn through his or her inheritance too quickly. Once you are gone this inheritance can be the only thing standing between a particular individual and extreme financial hardship, so the stakes are high.

The Hungarian Holding Company Regime: It Offers Everything and a Little More

When the tax planning departments of multinational enterprises look for favorable locations for holding companies they mostly end up in using Dutch, Luxembourg, Cypriot and Maltese companies. Only few of them know that the Hungarian holding company tax regime, introduced in 2006, offers basically all the advantages that the customary holding locations do. It is also not widely known that the Hungarian system has a unique feature which allows even more flexible and broader use.

California Labor Law: Checklist for Determining an Independent Contractor vs. an Employee

According to California labor law, the IRS has developed a checklist to distinguish between an independent contractor vs. full time. Understand this list to avoid any conflict between employee or contractor distinctions.

Venture Capital Law in Switzerland

A Q&A guide to venture capital law in Switzerland which gives a high level overview of the venture capital market; tax incentives; fund structures; fund formation and regulation; investor protection; founder and employee incentivisation and exits. This article was first published in the PLC Multi-jurisdictional guide to Venture Capital Law 2012 and is reproduced with the permission of the publisher, Practical Law Company.

Why Do Estate Planning Attorneys Not Provide Their Pricing Upfront?

When a person calls an estate planning attorney, they will likely ask for the cost of their services. Instead of getting an upfront price you are given a range of prices, but why does an estate planning attorney not offer upfront pricing?At first it may seem like the attorney is hiding something, but there are valid reasons as to why giving an upfront price is not an option for estate planning attorneys.

Wartime Veterans May Face Look-Back Period

There are certain benefit programs that senior citizens often rely on such as Medi-Cal that have upper resource limits. You cannot qualify for the program as a way to pay for long-term care if you have countable assets that exceed a certain amount. As a result, Medi-Cal planning can include giving away resources to your children and/or grandchildren as a way to stay within the limits. After all, they would be inheriting these resources anyway after you pass away.

Kinkade Estate Battle Could Last a Year or More

A lawyer involved in the Thomas Kinkade estate battle has said that the case could drag on for a year, and possibly more, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News. The attorney ,Douglas Dal Ceilo, says that it could be a year or more before the California probate court hears oral arguments on whether the handwritten notes purported to be Mr. Kinkade's constitute a valid last will and testament under California law.

Don't Sleep as Tax Hikes Near

As they say time flies,and it is kind of hard to believe that we are so far into 2012 already. This is a very interesting year on a number of different levels and coming changes to the tax code are among the points of intrigue. You may remember that the Bush era tax cuts were scheduled to expire at the end of 2010.

How to Set Up a Foreign Invested Consulting Limited Company

Here is described the working process for setting up an advising company in China. I. Company Name - **** Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd - II. Business Scope Trading Information Consultating, Enterprise Management Consultation, Investment Consultation, International Economical Information Consultation, others...

How to Set Up a WOFE in the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, China

Time estimated to set up a WOFE in the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai: 2 to 3 months. I - Investors - Individual or corporation from foreign countries or China Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. No special requirement. II - New Company Name - Chinese Name: ***** International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd English Name: no limit.

Protecting Your Company's Legal Health

Introduction Avoid Problems with Preventive Law Smart business owners and managers reduce costs and avoid legal problems with preventive law practices. With the help of their lawyers, businesses can avoid disputes, injuries, and damage claims and can help strengthen their defenses when lawsuits are unavoidable.

Doing Business as a Limited Liability Company

Introduction Limited liability companies offer investors and business owners a new alternative for doing business. Although limited liability companies have existed in some states for more than ten years, they did not become popular until the Internal Revenue Service began to tax them as partnerships rather than as corporations. Limited liability companies provide the limited liability of corporations without many of the corporate formalities.

Collecting Accounts Receivable and Business Debts

Introduction - The Legal Aspects of Credit and Collections - To succeed, businesses must be paid promptly and in full. With the help of their lawyers, business owners and managers can collect promptly and protect their rights regarding credit and collections. This pamphlet reviews the legal aspects of credit and collections, including credit checking; collection letters, and collection lawsuits.

When Parents Reach Old Age, Bringing Up Finances Can Be Difficult

As life spans continue to increase and more people are living in extended family environments,many are having to deal with financial issues that affect their elderly parents. In many situations these financial topics can be a taboo subject in the family, especially when the elderly parents have a lot of pride and are reluctant to speak about financial difficulties.

Estate Planning Tips for Your Vacation

Whether you took a summer vacation this year,are planning on traveling for Labor Day,or are planning some time away for the holidays you probably didn't give much thought to estate planning when making your vacation plans. This is natural,but it's also a prudent choice to spend a little time thinking about what might go wrong and whether you'll be prepared.

Court Reporting Goes Digital in Florida

Digital court reporters in Miami and Coral Gables are not computers but they sure rely on them. The world has changed substantially in recent years for business owners. In order for a business to be relevant and successful in these competitive times it is necessary to make changes and adapt to your environment.

If You Want a Brooklyn Bagel, Go to Brooklyn, not Palm Beach….

Any Floridian bagel junkie will know that Brooklyn Water Bagel company is for producing the ‘best’ bagels on the east coast, made with New York City's famously pure tap water. Recently, however the Palm Beach County company claimed it had nailed the secret of how to make locally baked bagels taste like those from up coast. The secret; there is no secret.

Minors and Conveyances

Mary Smith contacted me to assist her in the sale of a vacant lot owned by both Mary and her son, Michael. Mary originally went to a local title agency and was advised that she cannot complete the sale because her son is a minor – i.e., under the age of 18 years. Mary owns a 50% interest in the property, and her 17 year old son, Michael, owns the remaining 50% interest. They have a Buyer ready to purchase the lot for $25,000.00.

How Can I leave Money to My Grandchildren without Spoiling Them?

Anyone with a substantial amount of assets eventually asks this question.Wanting to protect and provide for your grandchildren when you die is certainly understandable. However, spoiling them may not be in their best interest. The object then becomes creating an estate plan that provides for your grandchildren without making life too easy for them. With a little bit of thought and the proper estate planning tools you can accomplish your goal.

How to Pass Down a Large Inheritance and Not End Up With a Spoiled Beneficiary

Knowing that you are in a position to leave behind enough money to provide for your loved ones when you die is a wonderful feeling. However,it can also be the source of concern though because handing over a large sum of money to someone can create as many problems as it solves.If you want to provide for a loved one without spoiling him or her, consider utilizing some of the following estate planning steps and tactics:

Is a 55% Death Tax Fair?

Some people within the estate planning community call the estate tax the "death tax" because it is a tax that is levied because you passed away and for no other reason. The assets that comprise your estate are simply your real and personal property you accumulate while you are living.You paid taxes along the way and these assets are what you were able to hold onto after paying them. They are not taxed again while you are alive.

New Study Reveals Deadly Risk of Loneliness

Adding to the increasing mountain of evidence which shows that remaining socially connected and interacting with others is key to maintaining your health as you get older researchers in California have recently revealed the results of a study which showed that seniors who feel lonely are at a significantly higher risk of dying than those who do not.

Many Ignore Words to the Wise

When it comes to retirement and estate planning a lot of people in America seem to be ignoring the advice that is routinely and constantly given by experts. Statistics are continually being presented that indicate a lack of retirement preparedness among the baby boomer generation. And of course if you are not in a position to retire comfortably you will not be in a position to leave behind significant resources to your loved ones after you pass away.

Some Observers Decry Estate Tax Rate

Where do you draw the line when it comes to a tax rate? This is an ongoing question that is always being debated among lawmakers. However, even the most zealous pro-tax advocates may have to concede that a tax that consumes the majority of the resources in question is a bit excessive. This will be the case with the federal estate tax in 2013, assuming the laws that are in place as of this writing remain in effect.

Arizona Court of Appeals Upholds Damron Agreement and Declares Facts in Stipulated Judgments

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld as valid and enforceable a Damron Agreement in which an insured and its excess insurer assigned their rights against a primary insurer. In so holding, the Court of Appeals made the significant declaration that an insurer who refuses to defend is bound for purposes of coverage by any issues determined in a stipulated judgment that underlies a Damron Agreement.

Understanding Intellectual Property is Critical to Proper Due Diligence

Technology invades almost every aspect of our life and as a result intellectual property rights are valuable and complex. While traditional assets are usually easy to identify, IP assets are not. As an IP litigation attorney, Maria Crimi Speth has seen the problem from all perspectives.

Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreements for Veterinary Corporations

In this article I explain shareholder buy-sell agreements for veterinarians and veterinary corporations. A buy-sell agreement (also called a shareholders agreement) protects the corporation from the veterinarian / shareholders, specifically their death, loss of license, disability and dispute.

Veterinarian Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements

In this article, I first discuss when a veterinarian is a contractor as opposed to an employee. Second, I look at the essential terms of a veterinarian employment contract and a veterinarian independent contractor agreement. Is you is, or is you ain’t, a contractor? From time to time, to generate revenue, the IRS and CA EDD will audit your veterinary practice.

Legal Compliance Checklist for a Veterinary Corporation

In my last article, I ask the threshold question, Should you incorporate your veterinary practice? In this Article #2, I give you a legal compliance checklist for your veterinary corporation. Incorporating a veterinary practice can feel overwhelming. There are so many unknowns to cause you anxiety. I write this checklist to fill in the unknown. This checklist gives you a bird’s eye view of legal compliance for your start-up veterinary corporation.

Should you incorporate your veterinary practice?

In part one of this series, I answer the question, should you incorporate your veterinary practice? What are the costs and benefits of forming a veterinary corporation?

How Can a Non-Turkish Company Open a Bank Account in Turkey?

This article summarizes what should a non-Turkish company should do in order to open a bank account in Turkey. Business has been truly global for years. Nowadays, any company having a computer with an internet connection is theoretically capable of doing business worldwide. In such a world, Turkey, with its strategic geographical position, may instantly become a commercial hub for many companies having no presence in it.

Foundation of JV in Russian Jurisdiction

  By DS Law
Deciding on a joint venture’s location (joint venture vehicle) is one of the most important steps in the planning and structuring of a joint venture. Such a decision generally depends on different factors, including but not limited to preferable tax regime, flexible corporate legislation, commercial benefits, cost of incorporation and management, nationality specifics, accounting requirements and many others.

Company Sale: Limited Opportunities, Unlimited Liability - Hungary

With the amendment of the Bankruptcy Act of Hungary, from 1 March 2012 the legislator has significantly expanded the scope of such circumstances when the unlimited liability of the former shareholder of a company can be established. The present article wishes to highlight those circumstances when the unlimited liability of the former shareholder of a company can be established and the ways how such liability can be avoided.

Keep Bills Low during Retirement

Statistics indicate that a significant percentage of people who are reaching their 60’s are not financially prepared for retirement. Indeed,there are no guarantees, and you have to plan ahead intelligently and pragmatically if you want to be able to retire in relative comfort.

Retirement is Expensive - Are You Getting Prepared?

Retirement should be looked at as an expense that you must prepare for well in advance. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age,statistics are indicating that a very significant percentage of these individuals are never going to be able to retire due to a lack of preparation.

Finances are Key

Estate planning extends into areas beyond arranging for the eventual transfer of your monetary and physical assets to your heirs. All of the eventualities of aging should also be taken into account because people usually don't pass away suddenly without experiencing any health difficulties beforehand.

Extend a Hand, Reduce Tax Exposure

If the value of your estate is such that you will be exposed to the estate tax, you may want to consider transferring resources to family members who are in line for inheritances while you are still alive. There is a gift tax in place to stand in the way of this practice for the most part, but there are certain exemptions. Among them is the $13,000 per year, per person exemption.

Turkish Tobacco and Tobacco Products Markets from a Legal Standpoint

This article provides an overview of the Turkish tobacco legislation. Law No. 4733 Regarding the Organization and Duties of the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (the “Law”) sets forth the general principles applicable in four markets in Turkey, which are (i) tobacco market, (ii) tobacco products market, (iii) alcohol market and (iv) alcoholic beverages market.

Liaison Office Regulation Amended in Turkey

The Regulation governing the liaison office opening procedures in Turkey was recently amended. This article discusses the main changes brought about by the amended Regulation. In accordance with Turkish law, establishment by a foreign company of a liaison office in Turkey is governed by the Law No. 4875 on Foreign Direct Investments (the Law).

Keeping Active After Retirement With a Part-Time Job

As thousands of baby boomers enter retirement every day, many of them are finding their ideas of what retirement would be like are very different than the reality. It comes as a shock to many people to find that they actually enjoy working and their lives are more fulfilling if they find a part-time job once they retire. Here are several possible choices you may want to consider if you're itching to get out of the house and take on a part-time job.

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