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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Secret to Successfully Negotiating a Contract

 

It is part of the operation of most businesses to become involved in contract negotiation.  Even if you are in a type of business where contracts are not utilized for customers or clients, it is inevitable that when purchasing products or services you will be presented with a written contract. 

 


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Friday, June 29, 2018

Naming a Trust as the Beneficiary of One's Retirement Accounts


 

There are many reasons why a client would want to leave their retirement accounts (IRA's, 401k's, TDA's, etc.) in a trust for the benefit of their heirs.  For example, if a beneficiary is under the age of eighteen (18), he/she can not legally inherit.  In addition, if the retirement accounts are sizable, most people properly do not want to leave large sums of monies to a young person.  One should also consider a trust if a beneficiary is disabled, so that the assets are controlled and protected.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Reasons for Creating Trusts


Why should I create a trust?

One of the primary services an estate planning attorney provides is assisting clients in creating trusts. While some believe that trusts are only useful for the wealthy, in fact trusts have important functions for anyone who is interested in effectively planning for the future. Working with a competent estate planning attorney who is tuned in to your particular needs and familiar
with the laws of the state (or states) you reside in can make a substantial difference in how efficiently your wishes are carried out and how well your loved ones are provided for.


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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Dissolution of a Partnership: Drafting the Agreement


It is not uncommon for one or more of the partners in a partnership to decide that they no longer want to be involved in the business and, thus, seek the consent of the others to withdraw.  Hopefully, the partners entered into a well drafted partnership agreement at the outset, setting for the procedure to be followed if a partner wishes to withdraw and detailing how the assets of the partnership will be dealt with, what price will be paid, if any, for the partnership interest.

Some of the issues which need to be addressed in an agreement wherein a partner leaves the partnership include:  what price will be paid for that partner's interest, if any, which will likely include the value of inventory, equipment and receivables; how will receivables and payables be treated; how the purchase price will be paid; and what happens with liabilities.

These sound like simple issues, but they can become quite complicated.  Perhaps one of the most contentious issues has to do with liabilities.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Writing a Will: Why it is Necessary


 

The most important reason to have a will prepared is so that the laws of intestacy do not control the disposition of your assets. Put simply, if one dies without a will, the laws of the state one resides in determines who inherits. For example, in New York, if one dies leaving only a spouse, the spouse inherits all.  If one leaves a spouse and children, then the spouse inherits half and the children inherit the other half.  Clearly, one problem with this scheme is that you may not want to leave your assets in the manner set forth by state law.
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Weighing the Benefits and Dangers of the Durable Power of Attorney


A durable power of attorney is a document which gives someone broad powers over your financial affairs.  Especially as one gets older, this document becomes a necessary evil.  Why is it evil?  By its nature, a power of attorney gives control to a person of your choosing to transact business on your behalf.  It gives the power to deposit and withdraw funds, change beneficiaries on ones accounts, and even to liquidate funds.  If one becomes unable to handle his or her own financial affairs, whether it be due to a temporary or permanent physical or mental disability, it is imperative that someone take over this necessary function.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Florida Probate: Something to Avoid


 

While the probate process is usually quite simple and straightforward in New York, that is not the case in Florida.  What is probate and why does probate become necessary?  When a person passes away, there needs to be a legal mechanism for transferring assets from the deceased person to the deceased person's heirs.  Usually, that mechanism is through the use of a last will and testament, which then gets filed with the Court and the Court looks to see if the will was properly prepared and executed.  Of course, probate can often be avoided by transferring one's assets to a revocable living trust, and/or by having beneficiaries on one's accounts.  There are many reasons why the trust and beneficiary designations may not be the best choice.


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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Four Simple Tips on Preparing an Effective Contract

 

Regardless of the type of business one has, some type of contract is usually required for one's dealings with customers, suppliers, and the like.


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Will Your New York Will and Other Estate Planning Documents Be Valid in Florida


 

Clients often ask me, when they are moving to the State of Florida, or considering such a move, whether the wills which they have prepared in New York need to redone.  Assuming the wills were properly drafted and executed in accordance with New York law, then the wills are valid in Florida, and in any other state for that matter.  While the execution requirements are more stringent in Florida, there is absolutely no need to redo one's New York wills, but one should be aware that when the time comes to probate the will, if that occurs in Florida, then the Court will request an affidavit from a New York attorney, stating that the will was executed properly in accordance with New York law.

While one's New York wills are valid for Florida purposes, probate is an entirely different issue.  If a former New York resident dies as a resident of the State of Florida, the law requires that the probate of the will occur in Florida.


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Friday, February 23, 2018

Partnership Agreements: The Essentials


 

As with corporations, when two or more people form a partnership or limited liability company, it is imperative that they enter into a partnership agreement, setting forth some very essential elements of their relationship.  Doing so will go a long way toward avoiding confrontations down the road.

One important item to include in a partnership agreement is the expectation of the time and effort expected to be contributed by each partner.  It is also extremely helpful to include a description of the duties each person will undertake and be responsible for. For example, it could be stated that each partner is expected to contribute 30 hours each week to the affairs of the partnership and is prohibited from engaging in other work activities outside the partnership.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Five Reasons Why it Can Be Extremely Dangerous to Put A Child's Names on Your Assets


Clients often think that putting their children's names on their savings accounts, brokerage accounts, real estate and other assets, will accomplish tax savings and protect the assets in the event they need long-term health care.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  While putting a child's name as a joint owner on an asset does avoid probate, the better option would be to name the child a beneficiary, which also serves the purpose of avoiding probate.

First, most assets are only protected for long-term health care/nursing home costs if the parents' names are removed entirely from the account or property.  Removing one's name completely, as owner, has adverse gift tax consequences, subjects one to the five-year look back for medicaid, and also means you lose total control over the assets.
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