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Fiduciaries

When it comes to financial matters we need several people we can trust to act in our best interest. These people include friends, relatives and professionals. In legal language, such people are called fiduciaries. A fiduciary can be a person or institution that you trust would act in your best interest when you need help. Fiduciaries can include attorneys, bankers, business advisers, mortgage brokers, real estate agents etc.

What is an Advance Medical Directive?

An advance medical directive can actually consist of two different legal documents, both designed to protect you medically in the event you can no longer speak on your own behalf. The first is commonly called a Healthcare Power of Attorney or Health Care Proxy and it allows you to specify who will make decisions on your behalf in case of a medical emergency.

Introduction to Living Wills

A Living Will is a legal document that alerts your healthcare providers to your wishes and preferences regarding medical treatments and life-support measures. Living Wills are used when a person becomes incapacitated by illness, accident or old age and is unable to speak on their own behalf.

What does an Executor Really Do?

If a relative or friend asks you to serve as the executor of their estate – or, more likely, you are choosing an executor for your estate – make sure you know what is involved. In some cases serving as an executor could be quite involved and time-consuming, especially if the estate contains a number of assets and the estate plan is relatively complicated.

Partnership Disputes

Entering into a business intertwines partners in many ways with more than just finances being invested. When a dispute arises, in some instances legal assistance is needed to resolve it. A partnership is comprised of two or more persons. When partners enter into a business together the road ahead can be a difficult one. There will be many factors that are decided upon that pertain to how they run their business.

When it Comes to Attorney’s Fees, is Texas Becoming More American?

Under the majority “American Rule,” parties are generally required to bear their own attorney’s fees in civil cases. For over 100 years, however, Texas has been in the minority that allows courts to award attorney’s fees to prevailing parties for certain claims, such as for breach of oral or written contracts.

Tax Benefits to New Immigrants / Returning Senior Residents to Israel

Over the last few years Israel has become an attractive jurisdiction for tax planners, the following article will provide information on some of the tax benefits which new immigrants or returning residents can obtain.

Why You Should Create an Estate Plan that Avoids Probate – 4 Reasons

After you die, your family will not be able to immediately receive your property until the probate process is completed. Depending on your estate and the nature of your case, this can take months and may even last several years if there are conflicts. If your family needs the property quickly, this lengthy process can cause a lot of stress.

Avoiding Retirement Regrets by Planning Ahead

As you embark on your estate planning journey, it's important to keep in mind that your career goals, estate planning desires and your dreams of retirement are all factors you need to carefully weigh.For many people who reached the retirement age and stop working, they often experience regrets that they are unable to correct.

Estate Planning for GLBT Life-Partners

If it's important for most people to have all of their estate planning documents in place before something catastrophic happens. It is even more important for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. This is because different states have different laws about GLBT life-partnerships. These laws can affect your end-of-life financial and medical directives as well as who will inherit your estate.

Estate Planning Uncertainty in an Election Year

Estate planning typically requires a thorough understanding of the tax laws that will directly impact the choices you make for your plan. Unfortunately, in an election year, uncertainty surrounds the fate of many tax laws, making estate planning more difficult. That is not to say that you should be complacent this year -- on the contrary.

Consumer Protection Basics (Maryland): Advising the Client at the Initial Consultation

This article outlines the basics of Maryland consumer protection law. The reader will understand how to effectively advise the client at the initial consultation. The Maryland Consumer Protection Act (CPA) is codified at Md. Code, Com. Law § 13-101 et seq. The CPA is very broad, and covers virtually any form of fraud that a business might commit or attempt against a consumer.

Foreclosure Defense Basics

This article details the basics of representing the homeowner facing a Maryland foreclosure. With the continued economic crisis, it is important for lawyers to know how to represent a homeowner in foreclosure. While much discussion has been devoted to deeds in lieu of foreclosure, short sales, and other ways to help a homeowner exit their home, not much discussion has been devoted to how to challenge a wrongful foreclosure. This article covers the basics.

Kazakhstan: New Local Content Approach

General overview of Kazakhstan in World Mineral Industry. - Kazakhstan ranks second only to Russia among the countries of the CIS in its quantity of mineral production. It is endowed with large reserves of a wide range of metallic ores, industrial minerals, and fuels, and its metallurgical sector is a major producer of a large number of metals from domestic and imported raw materials.

Waiting on an Inheritance that May Never Come

In years past, family wealth was traditionally passed down from one generation to the next without question. It was rare for a family patriarch or matriarch to disinherit the children without a very good reason. Even the proverbial “black sheep” of the family typically received something when the time came. Passing on the family fortune was done out of tradition, family loyalty and pragmatism.

Passing on a Family Business

If you own a family business, you have likely spent your lifetime growing and nurturing the business. You have undoubtedly given considerable thought to the future of your business, including what will happen to it upon your death. If you are like most family business owners, your initial thought is that you wish to pass the business on to your family. But is this really a wise choice?

Exercising Your Options

You are not required to utilize the same vehicle of asset transfer to facilitate the distribution of assets to each of your heirs. This is something to keep in mind, especially if you have someone on your inheritance list who you feel as though may need some guidance.

Why You Need a Pet Trust

For many people in the later years of their lives, pets are their closest family and friends. Your children no longer live with you. Over the years friends have moved or passed away. However, your faithful pets are always therein your will, you leave assets to your other family members, and it only makes sense to make sure that your pets are also provided for by including a trust for them in your will.

Funeral Planning – 3 Alternatives to Burial

As thousands of baby boomers reach retirement age every day, many of them are finding the idea of having a traditional funeral to be less than satisfying. Luckily, boomers—and everyone else—have a wider range of choices instead of the traditional coffin burial. Here is a brief list.

Classification of Shares in Limited Liability Companies - Indonesia

  By Leks&Co
Share is a proof that shareholders have conducted a full deposit of capital in Limited Liability Companies (“Company”). Shares in Company are classified based on similar characteristics, it is called classification of shares. Article 53 paragraph (1) of Law Number 40 of 2007 on Limited Liability Companies (“Company Law”) states that the Articles of Association (“AOA”) specifies more than one class of shares.

Role of Audit Committees under Nigerian Financial and Corporate Laws

Audit Committees are part of internal audit mechanisms created by both public and private companies to ensure financial regulatory and risk management compliance of public and private companies to laid down financial laws and practices.

Why You Shouldn’t Name Your Attorney as Your Executor or Trustee

Oftentimes, clients will ask their attorneys to serve as executors of their Wills or trustees of their trusts

Risk Control for Legal Representative in the Company - China

Legal Representative is a basic company system under current China Corporate Law. That is, any new established company should appoint a natural person as the company’s legal representative, who may act on behalf of the company.

OSOS and OSSC Revisited

More than two years ago Thailand decided to concentrate several governmental services for foreign investors at one place in Bangkok. In the meantime, Thailand has gone through ups and downs. Therefore, it is justified to make a judgement in 2012 whether the formation of this one-shop-solution has been accepted and adopted by foreign investors.

Distributorship Agreements

A distributorship agreement is one that is made between the supplier and distributor of goods. The relationship is different in nature to other possible models of supply such as agency or franchise.

Military Service Can Pave the Way Toward Comfortable Retirement

Unless you are in a very rarefied financial position you are going to have to plan ahead intelligently to be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Just going through life day to day without any plan is probably going to leave you lacking as you start to get near the typical retirement age. Unfortunately, a lot of people find this out when it is too late to get on track.

Passing on a Worcester Family Business

As the owner of a Worcester family owned small business, you have likely devoted your lifetime to growing the business from the ground up. As a result, you certainly have a stake in the future of the business, including what will happen to it upon your death. You have probably considered passing down the business to your children, but is this a wise choice?

Estate Planning and Tax Consequences for Leominster Residents

As a Leominster resident, you have probably given considerable thought and consideration to how you wish to structure your estate plan in order to transfer your estate assets to family members and loved ones upon your death.

Tax Savings Can be Realized With a QPRT

Home ownership has long been the foundation of wealth building in the United States. If you are like most Americans, your home is your single most valuable possession. As a result, if you were to reduce the taxable value of your home you could go a long way toward mitigating your estate tax exposure.

Generation Skipping Trusts to Slow Asset Erosion

San Jose estate planning attorneys invariably speak to many clients who feel as though the estate tax is fundamentally unfair. Their clients register multiple complaints, but the primary reason that they cite is the fact that the estate tax is an instance of double taxation.

Company Buy-Back and Repurchase of Stock Options and Restricted Stock - Article 5

In this article #5, I explain how you take back an employee’s stock when the bum quits or you fire him. In the previous articles #3 - Stock Option Plans and #4 - Restricted Stock Plans, I introduced stock option plans and restricted stock plans. Don’t forget article #2, Equity Plans – Stock Options and Restricted Stock. In that article I introduced ten basic concepts for all equity plans, including restricted stock plans.

Restricted Stock Plans - Article #4

In this article #4, I explain how you use restricted stock plans to reward and encourage employees. In the previous Article #3 - Stock Option Plans I introduced stock option plans. Restricted stock plans work best for a small, select number of employees. These people are high level management; they are not rank-and-file employees. Think of restricted stock plans as one-off deals for individual employees.

Stock Option Plans - Article #3

In this article #3, I explain how you use stock option plans to reward and encourage employees. In the prior article, Equity Plans – Stock Options and Restricted Stock I introduced ten basic concepts for all equity plans, whether stock option plans or restricted stock plans. You should understand the prior article before moving on to this article.

Compensation Structures for Medical Practices Part 2 - Compliance with Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws

Today, I briefly outline the legal requirements that apply when a group medical practice pays compensation to its members. My prior newsletter explained compensation plans from a non-legal perspective. This newsletter talks about the law, specifically, medical practice compensation plans under California and federal referral laws (Stark and Anti-Kickback).

New Jersey Business Tax Lawyers Explain TEFRA

TEFRA stands for the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982; however, it has evolved into a much different use in the parlance of New Jersey tax lawyers. TEFRA is the common acronym used to describe the judicial, examination, and processing requirements that apply to most entities treated as partnerships for income tax purposes.

China Approved Western Digital and Hitachi Storage Deal on Conditions

On 2 March 2012, MOFCOM published its conditional approval to the $4.5 billion acquisition of Viviti Technologies Ltd (a company directly holding Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V. ,which holds Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd.) (“Viviti”) by Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”).

Preparing for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Beginning the estate planning process usually requires you to set up a meeting with your estate planning lawyer so you can get down to the concrete steps involved. To make this meeting go easier, there are several items you can bring with you. Always talk to your lawyer or his or her personal assistant before you come to any meeting so you know what to expect and what you should bring.

Common Questions about Florida Oral Wills

Oral wills were traditionally used when a person was too sick or otherwise unable to write. Question 1: What is a nuncapative will? - Answer: A nuncapative will is simply a fancy way to say oral or verbal will. With an oral will, the testator—the person who makes the will—states his or her wishes verbally instead of writing them down.

Giving to Charity Efficiently

When you sit down to evaluate your legacy, you may need to do some serious soul-searching. In the field of estate planning. you generally stick to the pragmatic financial realities, but when you are preparing to “meet your maker” as it were, a lot of things may enter your mind.

Expert Analysis and Advice is Invaluable

Over the course of your lifetime it is likely that you will have accumulated some considerable financial resources. Given the fact that it took you many decades to get to where you are arranging for the transfer of these assets after you pass away is not something that can be done by a layperson in the blink of an eye.

HECM Can Finance Purchase of Long-Term Care Insurance

The high and rising costs associated with long-term care are something to take very seriously when you are making preparations for the latter portion of your life. If you combine the typical length of stay with the average cost of nursing home care you could be looking at an expense that exceeds a quarter of a million dollars. This is an amount that a lot of people would find difficult to pay without seeing a significant portion of their legacies going down the drain.

Washington Oral Wills – 4 Facts

While everyone in Washington who is a competent adult can create his or her own last will, State law also allows some people to create an oral will in limited situations. These wills, known as nuncupative wills in the State statutes, can only be used in a very limited set of circumstances, and you should not rely on the oral will provisions to create your last will and testament.

Do You Have to Notarize Your Will?

In most states, to create a valid Will, you must sign your Will in front of two witnesses. Your witnesses must also sign your document in your presence. Typically, your witnesses should be impartial and have no monetary motivation for witnessing your Will. In many states, your local probate court will require the testimony of one or both of your witnesses when someone tries to probate your Will or admit it for filing.

Avoid Costly Probate Battles with Planning and Communication

No one wants their family members to fight in court over their assets after they pass away. Probate battles can be long, costly, and nasty. The damage to familial relationships is often never undone. The keys to avoiding a probate battle between your family members are proper estate planning and communication of your plans.

How to Choose Which Trust is Right for Your Estate

Estate planning often encompasses numerous different tools and strategies. While your Last Will and Testament may be the cornerstone of your estate plan, you will likely wish to use other tools as well such as a trust. Trusts can be beneficial for a number of reasons such as avoidance of probate or estate taxes or retaining some degree of control over the trust assets long after death.

How to Avoid Commercial Lease Disputes

The top 10 essential elements of a commercial lease... Most people are pretty familiar with the concept of leasing; most people experience leases when they rent an apartment or a car. Commercial leases are almost no different; they just involve space for a business. Commercial leases in Western North Carolina are frequently used to rent an office of warehouse.

Why Create a Company?

The advantages of starting a company and being your own boss... You have a unique idea, you have a fresh product, you have a desirable service, why NOT start your own business? Entrepreneurship is an exciting venture, and can quite literally change a person’s life. There are so many great advantages to taking on such a project. To start a business you need motivation, talent and desire.

Choosing Between Different Types of Corporate Entities

Starting a business is an exciting time, but there are important decisions to be made about the structure of your business. Here is a list of business entities and their differences. Once you decide to incorporate, one of the first things you will have to determine is the type of entity for your business structure.

Contract Disputes and What You Can Do to Resolve Them

Most businesspersons will enter numerous contracts over time. However, if a dispute arises over a contract, one or both parties may accuse the other of “breaching” the contract; therefore, making legal action a necessary tool. Whether your business is small or large, you are more than likely to enter into numerous business-related contracts as time passes.

Beware of Trademark Scams

Recently, McDole & Williams has received multiple requests to evaluate official-looking trademark registration notices received by clients. These official-looking notices claim to be from governmental trademark offices, alleging that the client must pay fees in order to maintain his/her trademark and rights.

New Regulation on Procedures for Filing and Use of Limited Liability Company’s Name - Indonesia

  By Leks&Co
Background - Background or purpose of the issuance of Government Regulation Number 43 of 2011 on Procedures for Filing and Use of Limited Liability Company Name (“GR No. 43/2011”) is to implement the provisions of Article 9 paragraph (4) and Article 16 paragraph (4) of Law Number 40 of 2007 on Limited Liability Company (“Company Law”).

Estate Planning and Tax Consequences

There are two basic reasons why estate planning is so important. First, estate planning allows you to decide what will happen to your assets upon your death. Second, by planning ahead, you can substantially decrease the tax consequences of transferring your estate assets to family members or loved ones. In the absence of planning, your estate assets may be subject to either estate or gift taxes, both of which can significantly drain estate assets.

You Have Choices

You have choices when planning your estate. You are not required to utilize a last will to direct the distribution of your assets after your death. Instruments such as revocable living trusts are viable options and they are not exclusively for the wealthy.

Russian Legislation Overview, January 2012

The Russian Legislation Overview includes a brief overview of the major legal acts that came into force in January 2012. Federal Law N 353-FZ dated December 12, 2010 entitled "On amendments to the Civil Procedure Code of the Russian Federation”. Came into legal force on January 01.2012 (excluding certain provisions).

Generic Forms Are Not the Answer

These days you see various entities offering blank generic legal forms. They would like you to believe that anyone can plan his or her own estate. All you have to do is purchase one of these forms and fill in the blanks. You then have an ironclad estate plan in place and you have no need for any further action.

Sacrifice Can Come With Rewards

Military service is demanding on many different levels and it is not something that everyone is going to be suited for. Without question there are a lot of sacrifices that go along with serving your country but at the same time there are some rewards to be had, especially if you serve for a significant period of time.

JAA v FAA An Overview of Aviation Regulation: Beginnings, Functions and Licensing Practices

In that aviation has helped advance the globalization of our world, it is important to review our beginnings and look forward to where we see ourselves in the future. This article will concentrate on the origins, functions and licensing of modern air transportation systems throughout our world; in particular, where we started and the direction we are headed.

The Washington State Death with Dignity Act

After much debate, the Washington Legislature finally passed the Washington State Death with Dignity Act in 2008. The law allows certain physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients. Terminally ill patients, according to the Washington State Death with Dignity Act, are those with six months or less remaining to live, who reside in Washington, and who are at least 18 years old.

Free Trade Zones Law of Turkey

In this article you will find general information on Free Trade Zones regulation of Turkey that will help foreign investors to make transit trade through Turkey without involving to any domestic trade area.

Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens Spouses

When a married couple consists of two U.S. citizens, the estate planning rules treat them differently than if one spouse is a non-U.S. citizen or if both spouses are non-U.S. citizens. Although the differences may only affect the postponement of Federal estate taxes, the marital deduction set forth in the Internal Revenue Code may affect your estate plans.

Prenuptial Agreements and Your Estate Plan: 3 Tips

Tip 1: Consider the children. When people with children from a previous relationship get married the new spouses automatically become entitled to a portion of the other's estate. This can impact how much the children stand to recover. You can use a prenuptial agreement to waive your right to inherit from your spouse and ensure your children aren't left out in the cold.

What You Never Did: The Top 3 Regrets of the Dying

A nurse in Australia recently wrote a book detailing her experiences in dealing with the dying and coming to understand what they regretted the most. Though it can be hard to contemplate such thoughts, we can all benefit by learning from those who have faced their own mortality and understanding what it is they regretted so we might be able to avoid such regrets when our own time comes.

Probate Litigation -- How to Avoid It

A lengthy probate battle can drain estate assets and leave beneficiaries without access to them until the matter is settled by the court. Although you may be under the impression that probate litigation is only for the rich and famous, rest assured it is not. In addition, you may be counting on the fact that you won’t be around to worry about it in the event a probate battle does come to pass.

Agency Agreements

In 2006 a tennis tournament sponsor sued Venus and Serena Williams for non-attendance at their event. The sponsor claimed that the tennis stars were obliged to attend by virtue of a commitment to that effect made by their father. The case rested upon whether the girls’ father had authority to bind them contractually.

Updating Your Will -- There May Be More Reasons to Do So Than You Realize

Your Last Will and Testament creates the foundation for your estate plan.

3 Questions about Estate Planning and Prenuptial Agreements

Answer: Though prenuptial agreements are available to any couple, those entering into a second marriage or who already have children, stand to benefit the most by making sure a good prenup is part of their estate plan. Once you get married in Arkansas, you are automatically entitled to a portion of your spouse's estate when he or she dies.

Real Estate Transfers to Heirs: 4 Options

If you’re creating an estate plan and want to leave your home to your family, there are a wide variety of options that allow you to do this. Each comes with its own benefits and drawbacks, and each state may have different laws that impact the transfers. Always talk to your estate planning attorney for detailed advice before you decide on any particular method.

Anti-Lapse Laws

When a beneficiary who stands to receive a gift under a Will dies before the testator dies, the gift has no one to go to. This is called lapse. When this happens, that gift passes according either to the terms of the Will or to your state's intestacy laws and not to the deceased beneficiary's descendants.

Trust Administration FAQ

Whenever someone establishes or creates a Trust, the Trust property must be managed and looked after through a process known as Trust Administration. Depending on the kind of Trust involved, Trust Administration can be fairly simple or extremely complicated.

Gift Tax Exemption and Exclusion

For anyone with a substantial estate, the never-ending search for mechanisms to transfer those estate assets without incurring estate taxes should include the use of both the gift tax exemption and the yearly gift tax exclusion. With estate taxes typically running at 35 percent or more, any tactic that can be employed in the estate planning arsenal to avoid the payment of estate taxes should be considered.

Hollywood Highlights the Need for Estate Planning

Most of us listen to the never-ending stories about money disputes in Hollywood and shrug them off as having no relevance to our lives. While most don’t, there are some lessons to be learned from some of the infamous Hollywood money disputes that make the headlines on a regular basis. Take, for example, the recent death of music legend Etta James. The last year of James’ life can be an example for all of us about the importance of estate planning.

Estate Tax Parameters Subject to Change

After you pass away, the transfer of assets to your loved ones may seem like a relatively simple and straightforward task. It should be but the realities of the tax code can make it rather challenging to avoid a significant portion of your legacy being consumed by the IRS.

MetLife Releases New Long-Term Care Survey

If you are serious about being prepared for all of the eventualities of aging, you need to understand the fact that the majority of senior citizens will need living assistance someday. Given this reality, proceeding with the notion that it is unlikely that you will ever need such care is tantamount to a wager against the odds.

A Solution for the Unprepared

If you are expecting to retire in relative comfort you are going to have to acknowledge that this is a goal that will take effort to reach rather than viewing it as an entitlement. With the above having been stated, statistics tell us that a very high percentage of people are unprepared for retirement.

How Have Past Tobacco Lawsuits Impacted Outcomes for Plaintiffs Today?

Tobacco litigation in the United States has been going on since the 1950s when the first reports were released linking tobacco to injurious health consequences, such as cancer, explains a lawyer. Although the first big win for plaintiffs came in the California case Henley v. Philip Morris, battles continue to rage on regarding what tobacco companies’ obligations are to smokers personally and to the public at large.

Personal Income Tax (Amendment) Law, 2011

The Personal Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2011 has among other things consolidated all the personal income tax reliefs or allowances into one consolidated tax allowance/relief of 21% of an individual's gross annual income. The residue of a person's income is then liable to a graduating personal income tax charge of between 7% to 24% per annum. The rules concerning expatriate income earned from businesses in Nigeria has also changed.

Probate Expenses Can Pack a Wallop

Many people equate the process of estate planning with the act of drawing up a last will. You may go this route if you choose to, but it is important to recognize that the probate court will be involved. While the estate is hung up in probate, interested parties who may have business with the estate will have an opportunity to seek payment.

You Can Increase Your Full Social Security Benefit

The unfortunate truth is that a significant percentage of Americans do not plan ahead diligently with retirement in mind and they wind up being overly dependent on Social Security. The Social Security Administration states that in excess of 60% of Social Security recipients rely on their benefits as their primary income source. This can be a problem because the average monthly benefit is less than $1,100.

Don't Forget Fido When Estate Planning

If you have a dependent in the home, you have to make sure that you have made provisions with regard to a guardian should this child be left on his or her own. This is one of the reasons why estate planning is as important for younger adults as it is for senior citizens.

Long-Term Care Insurance Financing Strategy

Long-term care is extremely expensive and the fact is that Medicare does not pay for it. So, if you truly want to be prepared for all the eventualities of aging you are going to have to be proactive about addressing these potential expenses.

Top 5 Ways of Avoiding Family Estate and Inheritance Fights

Famous celebrities continue making national celebrity news headlines posthumously when their heirs challenge their last will and testaments. For example, consider Anna Nicole Smith. Her heirs have spent millions in legal fees challenging her will.

Commercial Dispute Resolution: The International Approach

Considering some facts regarding disputes in the International Trade arena. Most of the time parties in international trade develop all kind of businesses without primary concern of a potential conflict between them.

Probating Your Will Before You Die

State laws vary as to when custodians must file a decedent’s Will with their local probate courts. Most states allow testators or Will drafters to file their Wills with their local probate courts before they die. This way, Will drafters can avoid potential confusion as to where they stored their Wills.

Waiving Your Rights Through Nuptial Agreements

Generally, Florida courts will uphold nuptial agreements if entered into and signed properly. This extends to both prenuptial (before marriage) and postnuptial (after marriage) agreements unless one party can prove there was no full disclosure of financial assets or that he or she signed it under duress, fraud or mistake. In the absence of extenuating circumstances, courts will uphold them. Courts will also allow spouses to waive their inheritance rights through nuptial agreements.

Probate Expenses Can Add Up

You may think that arranging for the transfer of assets to your loved ones after you pass away is something that should be easily done without incurring a lot of expenses. Unfortunately, there can be costs involved, and probate expenses would be among them.

One Tax Bill Beats Two

If you were to ask the typical person walking down the street he or she would probably tell you that a certain amount of taxation is necessary. Most Americans don't mind paying their fair share of taxes. The problem arises when you feel as though you're being taxed unfairly or taxed twice on the same resources. When you look at the federal estate tax closely you see that it is in fact an instance of double taxation and this rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

Home Equity Conversion Mortgages: A Brief Overview

A home equity conversion mortgage is a reverse mortgage that is supported by the federal government. As the name implies with a reverse mortgage a homeowner receive payments from a lender rather than making them. In return, the lender in essence purchases equity in the borrower's home.

Directing Resources to Charities

Estate planning can involve a good bit of soul-searching, and when you are making plans for the future you may feel the urge to engage in acts of generosity. Some people who have considerable means will create private family foundations and this is an option that is available to you.

Same-Sex Partners Must Plan Proactively

In the past gay marriages were not legal anywhere so people who were involved in long-term same-sex relationships had absolutely no protections under the law in terms of succession. As a result, executing the appropriate Estate Planning documents was absolutely essential. The phenomenon of legally recognized marriages between individuals of the same sex is a relatively recent one.

Probate Litigation -- How to Avoid It

Even without litigation, an estate with only moderate assets can take twelve to eighteen months to clear probate and can incur a sizable sum in legal fees associated with the process. An estate that ends up in litigation can take years to resolve and may incur a staggering sum in legal fees in the process.

What is a HECM?

In the field of financial planning, a HECM is a home equity conversion mortgage. These are reverse mortgages that are supported by the federal government. These loans are totally legitimate, and in fact you must complete an informational session that is approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development before you can close on such a loan.

Streamline Your Accounting When Giving to Charity

A lot of people are interested in diverting resources to charity when they are devising a long-term financial plan. Indeed, charitable giving is its own reward but there are also tax advantages that can be realized through acts of generosity. Weaving your philanthropic intentions into your estate plan in an efficient manner is key.

The Indiana Trust Code’s Provision Regarding a Trustee’s Compensation

The Indiana Trust Code gives each Trustee a legal right to receive monetary compensation for his/her work administering the Trust. absent language within the Trust document prohibiting compensation. Indiana Trust Code Sections 30-4-15-1-17 and 18 set forth their rights to compensation.

Estate Planning and Tax Considerations

As part of the Federal Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Congress temporarily eliminated estate taxes for the year 2010 only. However, they returned in 2011. Currently, estates worth over $5.12 million owe federal estate taxes. In some states, these large estates owe state death taxes, too.

Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements and Taxation of Controlled Foreign Companies (“CFC”) in Turkey

Although it has been long time to have CFC regulation in Turkey, in parallel with the increasing rate of growth of Turkish economy, many major entrepreneurs making Turkey related businesses required to focus on management of their taxation policies in consideration of CFC regime in Turkey.

Just When You Thought Covenants Were Enforceable

Recent decisions by the Texas Supreme Court have resulted in a “pro-enforcement” trend for covenants not to compete, and have eroded the holding in Light v. Centel Cellular Co. of Tex., 883 S.W.2d 642, 647 (Tex. 1994) requiring contemporaneous consideration to enforce a covenant not to compete against an at-will employee.

Competition Law in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Competition Law is designed to protect and foster competition and free enterprise in economic activity. Over the years the law was repeatedly changed by the legislature to meet the requirements of economic life.

Differences Between Joint Tenancies

In Indiana, joint tenants can own real property jointly as tenants in common or as joint tenants with right of survivorship. Residents can also own certain personal property jointly as tenants in common or as joint tenants with right of survivorship. For example, two individuals can own their bank account jointly as joint tenants with survivorship rights or as tenants in common.

The Elective Share Statute in Indiana

Pursuant to the Indiana Law, surviving spouses have legal rights to renounce their inheritances in favor of their statutory elective shares. Based on the Uniform Probate Code, the Indiana Law contains an elective share allowance whereby one spouse cannot entirely disinherit the other in the absence of a valid nuptial or marital agreement.

Free Economic Zones in Moldova and the Benefits Offered by Them

In accordance with national law, free economic zones (free enterprise zones) are part of the customs territory of the Republic of Moldova, economically separated, with strictly demarcated perimeter, where for local and foreign investors, according to the law, are allowed on preferential conditions different types of business activities.


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