Nursing Home Costs and Protecting the At-Home Spouse

As a senior, there is a good chance that you, or your spouse if you are married, will need long-term care at some point. The Nursing Home Costs of that care will not be cheap. In fact, if you failed to plan ahead, your long-term care (LTC) costs could deplete your retirement nest egg in […]

Your Company Record Book- What is it and What Should be in It?

When a new company is formed, attorneys tell them to “Put that in your company record book,” or “Make sure you keep a copy of that in your record book.” It’s as if this record book is the most vital part of a young company (arguably it is)…but just what is a record book? First […]

Should You Prepare a Medicaid Application Yourself?

Should you prepare a Medicaid nursing home application yourself or hire an attorney? For some people, it might not make a difference but for others, attempting to file the application without legal help can prove to be financially disastrous. Even worse is letting the nursing home or some non-lawyer “Medicaid Specialist” prepare the application. Medicaid […]

IRA Beneficiary Trusts

A properly drafted standard revocable trust can be the beneficiary of an IRA- the key words being”properly drafted”. Using a trust as the beneficiary can be very helpful if the Grantor is concerned about asset protection for his or her beneficiaries. The US Supreme Court has ruled that, unlike normal IRA Beneficiary Trusts, inherited IRAs […]

Do It Yourself – LLC Formations

Recently someone posted on a local Facebook site looking for recommendations for an attorney to form a limited liability company for the poster. The initial LLC Formations post got a few recommendations for good local business attorneys. But the post also received lots of advice from folks that told her that she should just go it […]

The Family Vacation Home in Estate Planning

As the season for enjoying our lake or beach property is winding down, the issue of dealing with those properties in an estate plan may arise. The family vacation home is sometimes a very tough estate planning challenge. This is especially true when the beach or lake home has been in the family for years, […]

Saving for College or How to Use a Section 529 Plan in Estate Planning

A Section 529 Plan (named for the Internal Revenue Code establishing these accounts) may be a great way to not only help your children or grandchildren with their education but also could be a great estate planning tool. With a 529 plan, you initially fund it with a “gift.” The plan will have a named […]

Make this Estate Planning Move Right Now: Check your Beneficiary Designations

Market Watch recently had an interesting article listing six “”Horror Stories” about beneficiary designations. Often overlooked in estate planning, beneficiary designations can be an extremely important planning tool- or a “Horror Story.” The article can be found HERE. We recommend that all designations be reviewed with your estate planning attorney. This includes IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, brokerage accounts, life insurance policies, annuities […]

Transferring Real Estate to an LLC or other Entity: What about the Real Estate Transfer Tax

For many years, we advised small business clients to purchase real estate to be used in a business after the business was formed. Otherwise, if the real estate was purchased ahead of time in the personal name of the client, and then transferred later to the LLC or corporation, a second real estate transfer tax would be […]

Tips on Buying an Existing Small Business

Starting a small business is risky business. According to the Small Business Administration, only half of new businesses survive past five years. Sometimes an entrepreneur can skip some of the hassles of a new business start-up by Buying an Existing Small Business. Although buying an existing business might be less risky than starting a new […]