As we wrote last week, Democrats in the House of Representatives released a new $3.5 trillion proposed spending plan that includes a wide array of changes to federal tax laws that may affect your business and estate plan. While the proposed legislation is still under consideration and far from being finalized, and with the time it takes to plan and execute some of the financial and estate planning actions, we suggest you start strategizing now with your Family Business Lawyer.
Democrats in the House of Representatives released a new $3.5 trillion proposed spending plan that includes a wide array of changes to federal tax law (increase in personal and capital gains tax rates, etc.). Yet, the proposed law is still under consideration and far from being finalized. If your business or personal finances stand to be impacted by any of these changes, you must act quickly to ensure that whatever actions need to be taken can be planned and executed before the end of the year.
It's sad but true that many pets end up in shelters after their owner dies or becomes incapacitated. In fact, the Humane Society estimates that between 100,00 to 500,000 pets are placed in shelters each year for this reason, and many of these animals are ultimately euthanized. In light of this cold reality, if you're a pet owner, the best way to avoid this tragic event is to use estate planning to ensure your pets receive the best care when you're no longer able to care for them yourself.
Planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death, regardless of your financial status, is something that you should take care of immediately, especially when you have children. While Aretha lived a relatively long life, you'll never know when tragedy may strike, and through diligent estate planning, you can save your family from the needless disputes, expense, and embarrassing public exposure the late singer's loved ones are currently enduring.
Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” whose earnings are worth $80 million, died from pancreatic cancer at age 76. Yet, due to poor estate planning, her children have yet to see a dime of their inheritance, and what they ultimately receive will be significantly depleted by back taxes. Also, it’s still not clear whether or not Aretha ever had a valid will. Her story shows how destructive poor estate planning can be for the loved ones we leave behind.
Every state has different terms for what happens when you become incapacitated or die, especially when you have a blended family. One of the most common problems that arises of having a blended family is that the deceased’s children from a prior marriage and the surviving spouse end up in conflict. Unless a comprehensive plan has been created. That way, not only do the people you love get the assets that you want them to receive, but you may also be saving them for years of legal conflict.
Facing a lawsuit can be challenging. As much as possible, you want the whole thing to be over quickly and don't want to settle in for the long haul. However, your litigation will not be resolved without going to court, and the best way to help you deal with this conflict is to find the right lawyer. So how do you choose the best lawyer for your situation? Here are some tips to help you hire the right lawyer for your case.
As a business owner, facing your first lawsuit can give you emotional turmoil and fear. But a lawsuit doesn't have to end your business nor collapse your dignity. Instead, this can give you a big opportunity to see something that you haven't seen before about what you need to do or improve to grow your business. Here's what you should do if you are served with a lawsuit.
Having an estate plan is one of the best things you can do for your family to ensure your wishes are carried out in the future. However, estate planning is not a one-and-done type of deal. Because if it’s not updated regularly when your wealth, family status, or laws change. Then your plan will be meaningless - it can create its own set of problems that can leave your family worse off than if you’d never created a plan at all.