Blog — Family Business

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Don't Overestimate Legal Self-Help Sites

While legal self-help websites may be useful in some instances, there can be problems that arise in relying on legal self-help websites in the place of real expert advice. Self-help websites are not able to provide specific advice about your company and they won't be able to point out ongoing legal problems. Many business owners who try and save money by avoiding lawyers often face difficulties later.

A case in point. Recently, a...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Common Estate Planning Blunders Not to Make

When it comes to checking tasks off of your financial to-do list, estate planning is probably the last item you get to, and some people don't get to it at all.

It's really not your fault. After all, many people think it’s morbid to think about preparing for death, and others often don't know where to start, so they simply don't get started.

Case in point: According to the legal services site "Rocket Lawyer," 64% of...

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Estate Planning Opportunities for Families with Special Needs Individuals

Unfortunately, too many families overlook the importance of carefully crafting legal and financial safeguards to protect their special needs children as they grow into adulthood. Many times, families have simply entered into a “pact” with one or more of the siblings of the special needs child whereby those children have “promised” their parents that they will take care of their special needs sibling.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

April Is Autism Awareness Month

On April 2, 2015, President Barack Obama issued a White House proclamation recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, declaring that “… everyone deserves a fair shot at opportunity” and celebrating the work of “… advocates, professionals, family members and all who work to build brighter tomorrows alongside those with autism.”

We Have Come a Long Way

In the last 20 years, there has been a significant...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tax Filing Requirements for 2014 Gifts of Real Property

On December 31, 2013, new law went into effect in Michigan allowing parents to gift their real estate to children during the parents' lifetimes without uncapping the taxable value of the property. As a result, several families took advantage of the new law, and parents actually transferred ownership of their homes to their children. However, preparing, signing and recording a deed transferring the ownership is not all that is...

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