It’s a common misconception to think that if you don’t have children, you  don’t need to worry about estate planning. But the fact is, it can be even MORE important to complete your estate planning if you have no children. Some of the common thoughts behind this mistaken belief take one of these forms: “If…

Image of Alan Thicke courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine In the 1980s, the late actor Alan Thicke played the wise-but-hip father figure and psychiatrist Dr. Jason Seaver in the sitcom Growing Pains. Following Alan’s sudden death in December 2016, with his children and widow battling over his estate, one can only wonder what sage advice…

If you’re a parent, I’m sure you have felt guilty at some point for not spending enough time with your kids. A large part of this guilt comes from our culture. American parents are pressured to dedicate superhuman levels of time and energy to caring for their children to ensure optimal development. This notion is…

If you’re middle aged or older, it’s likely that one of your most pressing concerns is not having enough money for retirement. And there’s good reason. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, a full third of Americans between 55 and 65 have nothing saved for retirement. And even if you’ve diligently saved, it’s…

If 2018 is the year you finally decide to strike out on your own and start your own business, or take your existing business to the next level, consider the following top 10 legal tips for your start-up planning. Choose the right business structure. Most businesses start life as a sole proprietorship, but if you…

As with so many things in life, some of the same qualities that help small businesses succeedcan also lead to their demise. Fortunately, much of that risk can be lessened through operational excellence. For example, the owners and managers of small businesses often know each other before they go into business together. Sometimes, they’re even…

From vendor agreements to purchase agreements, from leases to independent contractor agreements, contracts are a part of everyday business life. It is important to make sure your contracts are valid, enforceable, and protecting you like they should. Have you ever wondered which types of contracts must be in writing to make sure you get the…

Female-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, with the number of women-owned businesses doubling over the past 17 years, according to a recent Forbes article. Many women who run their own companies often do double-duty as CEOs of their families as well. The tendency for many is to leave…

When getting a business off the ground, one common mistake business owners make is not establishing a solid legal foundation to protect their company from unforeseen situations and circumstances. The most effective and efficient way to provide this legal bedrock is by putting a set of key legal agreements in place. Gleaned from years of…

Should you start thinking about asset protection? Do you own your own business? Have you been thinking about how better to protect your home and other assets from potential creditors?  May a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation be right for you? If you own your own business as well as personal assets such…