The constant whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of your startup can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You can get so focused on the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of getting your operation up and running that you neglect some of your company's most vital legal components. Because you're so busy and likely not generating much revenue during the startup phase, it may be tempting to try to handle everything on your own and not seek out the support of a business lawyer.
As you already know, but may not have given much thought about, the most important inheritance you provide is so much more than the money you'll leave behind, but also includes your wishes, insights, stories, and experience. That's why, this year, we invite you to ask your loved ones the 32 important questions that can reveal a wealth of valuable life lessons - family treasures to discuss and share with generations to come.
NFTs, or "non-fungible tokens," are the latest sensation in the cryptocurrency universe or the "Cryptoverse." And if you haven't heard about NFTs yet, now is a great time to learn because they're likely to be a big part of our collective future. You might be wondering why anyone would spend such vast sums on digital images that you can download from the Internet for free. Here we'll explain what you need to know about NFTs and how to ensure your estate plan covers them if you own one.
Although paying taxes is a largely unavoidable part of running a business, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is one common type of tax you can often avoid paying. Capital gains tax is one of the few taxes you can avoid paying, but only if you plan ahead and plan wisely. Since we're only a few weeks away from the end of the year, it might seem like it's too late to save on capital gains taxes in 2021, but you may still have time if you act immediately.
The pandemic has caused Americans to change their behavior in different ways, and one of the most positive of these changes is related to estate planning. While many people said that the pandemic inspired them to see a greater need for creating an estate plan, others still don't think that estate planning is important. But as we've outlined here, not having an estate plan can be traumatic and costly for both you and your loved ones, who will be forced to deal with the mess you've left behind.
When you hear the words "trust fund," do you conjure images of stately mansions and party yachts? A trust fund - or trust - is a great estate planning tool for many people with a wide range of incomes who want to accomplish a specific purpose with their money. There are many reasons to create a trust, and being rich isn't necessarily one of them. You just need to consult an estate planning attorney to help you identify the best unique strategies for you and your family.
Don't let what happened to Bob Ross's family happen to yours. If you own a business, it's crucial to put in place an effective estate plan and should be properly coordinated with your business agreements to ensure that all of your wealth and assets will be passed on to your loved ones in the event of your death or incapacity. Failure to do this could lead them in the same situation as Bob's son, Steve, who's left with nothing, while the business built by his father continues to earn every year.
Bob Ross's philosophy in both painting and life was that there "were no mistakes in life… just happy little accidents." Sadly, as detailed in the recent Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, Bob's failure to coordinate his business agreements with his estate plan was anything but happy, leaving his only son unable to benefit from his father's fame and fortune. His planning failures have led to an ugly court battle between his former business partners and his family.
If you are a single parent, life for you right now probably couldn't get any busier. You are likely being pulled between work, school activities, and home - and the inevitable emergencies that fill the lives of single parents everywhere. It's a huge responsibility, even if you do share time with a parenting partner, and especially so if you don't. Regardless, as a single parent, your children's lives are now largely in your hands, and the best way to protect them is through estate planning.
Wills and trusts are two of the most commonly used estate planning documents. Both documents are legal vehicles designed to distribute your assets to your loved ones upon your death, but the way in which they work is quite different. To know the best way to determine whether or not your estate plan should include a will, living trust, or some combination of the two, meet a Personal Family Lawyer for a Family Wealth Planning Session.