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Monday, June 27, 2016

Will Meets the Web – Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Will Meets the Web – Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Federal and State Legislation Trail Real-World Use of Digital Assets, Potentially Increasing the Difficulty of Identifying and Conserving These Assets for Heirs and Beneficiaries

Historically, we all have viewed...

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Businesses Can’t Agree Not to Poach Employees

It might be tempting to formally agree with other business owners in a niche field not to poach one another's employees, but it is illegal – and recently, some businesses have paid a high price. Eight hospitals in the Detroit area paid $90 million to settle claims that they had exchanged information with one another about how much they paid their nurses. The hospitals had allegedly conspired to limit...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Avoid Common Trust Mistakes

Trusts can be the linchpin of a solid estate plan. It is important to remember that you can't just set up a trust and forget about it. It is a good idea to periodically review how your trust is working to make sure you and your family are getting the full benefit of it. Not doing so can be costly and may cause unintended consequences with respect to one's estate plan.

Here are just a few things to consider and some common mistakes to avoid:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Avoid Common Legal Mistakes

Many small businesses, especially entrepreneurial businesses or start-ups, resist acknowledging the legal realities that might make or break their business. No matter what a business does, in some way, shape or form, it always involves the law. As a result, a business owner can choose to look at legal issues as a burdensome cost of doing business, or look at the law as a tool to be leveraged just like any other asset in a business that, with the right legal...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Laws May Clarify Estate Planning for Online Assets

Including online assets within your estate plan is a new thing, and the legal rules aren’t always entirely clear. But a number of states are now considering laws that will make things easier.

For instance, Delaware recently became the first state to pass a comprehensive law addressing what happens to someone’s online assets when they pass away. Thirteen other states are...

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