Choosing the Right Probate-Avoidance Method

The probate-avoidance strategy decedents use can determine if their heirs are burdened with debt. The heirs of a person who dies with debt are responsible for settling those debts. The estate is responsible for settling the final affairs (i.e., debts, tax obligations, etc.) of the decedent and the remainder is distributed to the decedent’s heirs in accordance with the decedent’s instructions or state law if there is no will. However, in some circumstances, the heirs can be saddled with the … [Read more...]

Don’t Sign A Franchise Agreement Containing These Clauses

Many franchise agreements include “deal-breaker” provisions such as insufficient start-up support, liquidated damages clauses, mandatory arbitration stipulations and more. Before signing a franchise agreement, entrepreneurs should carefully review the agreement and be wary of those that contain certain components. A franchise is an independently owned and operated business that is part of a larger network of related businesses under the umbrella of a large parent company. The parent company … [Read more...]

Will Estate Tax Be the Death of Your Small Business?

While estate tax isn’t necessarily the “death” of a small business, it could result in a significant burden for a handful of small businesses. The estate tax is sometimes levied on an estate upon the death of the decedent. An estate is a collection of assets and monies left behind by someone who passes away. The estate tax is decried by political opponents for causing double taxation because the assets composing the estate are post-tax dollars. Proponents of the tax argue that the estate tax … [Read more...]

Due Diligence for Your Growing Business

Due diligence is a critical stage in any commercial acquisition. It is the comprehensive and necessary review in a commercial acquisition to ensure that the deal meets the needs of all companies involved. Due diligence involves the rigorous evaluation of a company’s financials, personnel, liabilities, technology, intellectual property, sales, strategic vision, and other operations concerning the health and future of the acquisition. What Is Due Diligence? The composition of a due diligence … [Read more...]

Check With HOA For Defects Before Buying A Condo

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are valuable resources when checking for possible defects before purchasing a condo. Because the HOA is not incentivized by the possibility of a large payout or to lie, deceive or mislead a prospective buyer, consumers may be able to access more detailed and honest information than they might otherwise. Sellers are incentivized to paper over defects in the building or other issues that are currently being contested because their goal is to sell the unit and move. … [Read more...]

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