Setting up an estate plan is critically important for business owners because owning a business is challenging even in the best of times and with the current global pandemic, things are much more overwhelming as you pivot to build the most stability for you and your business. If a whole estate plan feels too overwhelming right now, at least get an inventory of your assets and business in place, where your loved ones/partners and your team could access if you become ill or die. Learn more here.
There isn’t a single person who isn’t impacted by the spread of COVID-19, in some way. People are anxious, wondering whether they or their family will get the virus themselves or whether their job is at risk now with the sheer number of businesses closing. And while you are undoubtedly very concerned about your business, your employees may be very on edge too. Here are a few recommendations on how to inspire your team to persevere in the face of all of these anxieties.
As a business owner, you must thoroughly understand how cardholder data is collected and flows through the business in order to comply with the security standards of the PCI Security Standards Council. Here are the twelve PCI Data Security Standards that you must comply with if you plan to accept credit and debit card payments.
Your retirement account assets are extremely valuable, and you’ll want to ensure those assets are well managed not just for yourself but for your future generations. While the SECURE Act has significantly altered the tax implications for retirement planning and estate planning, there are still plenty of tax-saving options available for managing your retirement account assets, but these options are only available if you plan for them. Read here to know more.
The changes ushered in by the SECURE Act have dramatic implications for both your retirement and estate planning strategies—and not all of them are positive. Here are three of the SECURE Act’s biggest changes and how they stand to affect your retirement account both during your lifetime and after your death.
Whenever someone so beloved dies so young, it highlights just how critical it is for every adult, especially those with young children, to create an estate plan to ensure their loved ones are properly protected and provided for when they die or in the event of their incapacity. While the death of Kobe, his daughter, and the others is terribly sad, it motivates you to get your estate planning handled the right way, or updated, the tragedy just might have some positive impact.
It is critically important that you determine whether the CCPA or a similar law will impact your business to avoid hefty fines and being sued by individuals affected as a part of a class action for damages. Knowing what your business needs to comply with the new law is also important for its success. Read here to know more.
Whether you’re in the midst of a divorce, have been divorced for years, or are married with a prenup, it’s critical that you meet with your Personal Family Lawyer® and qualified tax advisor to discuss how this provision of the TCJA stands to affect you. Depending on your situation, you may modify your existing legal agreements to bring them into better alignment with the new rules or, establish a planning tool that could offset or lessen the new law’s impact on your tax obligations.
Though estate planning is mainly viewed as a way to pass on your financial wealth and property, when done right, it also enables you to preserve and pass on your true legacy: your memories, values, and wisdom. And it can also be a source of overall healing in the family. With the right support, having these all-important final conversations doesn’t have to be intimidating or awkward at all.
Safeguarding your child's inheritance is critically important to ensure that what you pass on is there when it's needed the most and put to the best use possible. Hence, choosing the right trustee and writing up guidelines and directions on how you'd like the trust assets to be used ensures your trustee is aware of your values and wishes when making distributions, therefore, prevent your heirs from going through court and conflict.