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.
One of the most exciting parts of owning a business is paying your own hard work. And yet, some business owners don't pay themselves or rely on inconsistent income to avoid owing taxes. But the right way to pay yourself from your business depends on the type of entity structure you use to establish your company. That's why entrepreneurs are advised to structure their business as an LLC. In this way, you can protect yourself from debts and lawsuits related to your company and save on taxes.
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to change the structure of your small business especially if it is growing and expanding. By this, for any type of change, it is important to make sure that you complete all the notifications and registrations required by the state law. If you need help in implementing the business structure that is the most advantageous for your individual circumstances, consult with us so we can guide you step by step with the process.
A will is an integral part of your estate plan, but it is not enough to protect your wishes in the event of incapacity or death. There’s a common saying among lawyers: “Where there’s a will, there’s a probate.” But having your family end up in court or conflict is no laughing matter. That's why it is important to complete a comprehensive estate plan in addition to the will, including a trust (if needed), advanced health care directive, financial power of attorney, and Kids Protection Plan®.
A lot of times, people hide their Wills or estate planning docs in secret locations where they'll likely never be found after their death. Or they'll put their Will in the care of unreliable caretakers, whom may forget they even have the documents and never truly know when is the right time to present it to the family after your death. Consider this illuminating case that winded its way through the NY court system and provides a cautionary tale about safeguarding your documents.