Prepare An Exit Strategy Before You Sign that Contract

Every entrepreneur should develop an exit strategy to limit losses and ensure the business owner has the ability to sell or transfer ownership of the business should the need arise. Exit strategies are crucial if the entrepreneur wants to retire, travel, or move on to a new idea. An effective exit plan allows entrepreneurs to address problems and cleanly disentangle from their business. Basics of the Exit Strategy The three common types of exit strategies are: Strategic acquisitions; … [Read more...]

Asset Protection Trusts Offer Peace of Mind for Your Financial Future

Asset protection trusts are effective tools to protect a person's property from judgments, creditors, and lawsuits now, and in the future. Property held within an asset protection trust is not considered to be the property of the beneficiaries, so it can typically escape seizure for debt collection. Learning more about the features of domestic and offshore asset protection trusts can help ensure that an appropriate type of trust is established. The Basics of the Asset Protection Trust Asset … [Read more...]

Will Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Make Housing in America Great Again?

Trump's proposed infrastructure plan could be a game changer for America, but challenges exist that may hinder the plan from becoming as transformative as was originally envisioned. The infrastructure plan will encourage the development of advanced technology, like broadband internet, in rural communities throughout the U.S. But higher taxes to help cover the costs of the projects, increased home building and remodeling costs due to a shortage of construction workers, and swarms of new residents … [Read more...]

Do You Need to Reopen Probate?

Once a probate estate has been fully administered and the case has been closed, it typically stays closed, but in a handful of situations, it may make sense to reopen probate. Reasons to Reopen Probate Illinois has very broad probate laws that regulate when an estate may be reopened. Under the Illinois Probate Act, an estate can be reopened at any time if a portion of the estate was never settled, if new assets, creditors or wills were discovered, if an heir was not notified of the opening or … [Read more...]

These Six Types of Property Won’t Need to Go through Probate

Non-probate assets are types of property that won't have to go through the probate process after a person dies, and will instead pass directly to the intended heirs shortly after death. Avoiding probate saves time and money, but non-probate property can sometimes pass to unintended beneficiaries and creditors. Careful estate planning is essential to avoid probate and still protect assets from transferring into the wrong hands. Which Assets Are Not Generally Subject to Probate? Transfer or … [Read more...]

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