Estate Planning: Why Me, Why Now, and Is a Will Enough?

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You have worked hard for years, have family members and friends you care about, and have approached a time in your life when “estate planning” sounds like something you should do, but you are not exactly sure why. You may feel that you are not wealthy enough or old enough to bother or care. Or you may already have a …

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Topics in Copyright Law: Cease and Desist Letters, Fair Use, and Plagiarism

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For an introduction to copyright law, see my previous blog post on Copyright Law: Six Common Questions and Answers.  This blog continues to build on the subject of copyright law, exploring three additional topics: Cease and Desist Letters, the Fair Use Exemption, and Plagiarism. What is a Cease and Desist Letter? A Cease and Desist Letter is used in copyright …

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Legal Considerations in the Hiring Process

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You are probably aware of employment laws that could create liabilities if your company fails to comply with them. However, even before a person becomes an employee, certain antidiscrimination laws protect them during the application process. Most employers must comply with employment laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Your state, county, city, or town may also …

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Illinois Matrimonial and Family Law: Post-Secondary Educational Expenses

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Did you know that students with divorced parents in Illinois may be entitled to court ordered assistance with educational expenses by both parents? If you’re former spouse isn’t paying their fair share, read on to learn more about getting your child the help they need. How much support will a court order? Illinois courts have significant discretion to set the …

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Kids Going Away To College?

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You may have been running around for weeks, getting your new college student off to school. It’s exhilarating, and your heart likely is bursting at the seams. You’re probably prouder than words can express, but you’re also a little afraid, too. How can you make sure your kid is going to be safe at school, their new home away from …

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Wills vs. Trusts: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

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Confused about the differences between wills and trusts?  If so, you’re not alone. While it’s always wise to contact experts like us, it’s also important to understand the basics. Here’s a quick and simple reference guide: What Revocable Living Trusts Can Do – That Wills Can’t Avoid a conservatorship and guardianship. A revocable living trust allows you to authorize your …

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How to Talk to Your Family About Business Succession

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Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” From the very beginning, you had a plan for your business to succeed. You set goals and developed methods to achieve those goals. Your business has stood the test of time because you anticipated problems and solved them. But if your plan for success does not …

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When Should I Think about Selling my Business?

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Part of the reward of being a small business owner is seeing your hard work pay off over the years. The many sacrifices you made for your business can all seem worth it on the day you close a deal to sell your company. But if you are dreaming of that day, it will take some work to get you …

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Strategies for Reducing the Income Tax Squeeze on Irrevocable Trusts

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Under federal income tax laws, irrevocable, non-grantor trusts (such as Bypass Trusts and Dynasty Trusts) are subject to highly compressed income tax brackets. In 2014, the top 39.6% tax rate kicks in at only $12,500 of trust income. In addition, trusts in the top tax bracket are subject to the 20% long-term capital gains rate and a 3.8% surtax on …

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Five Issues to Address in Your Farm Equipment Lease Agreement

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What is a Farm Equipment Lease Agreement?  A farm equipment lease is a long-term rental agreement between the owner of farm equipment (the lessor) and an individual or company that wishes to use the farm equipment (the lessee) in exchange for cash rent.  Farm equipment leases are far from simple agreements.  A properly drafted agreement will navigate the following five …

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Don’t Leave Your Trust Unguarded: 6 Key Ways a Trust Protector Can Help You

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Trust protectors are a fairly new and commonly used protection in the United States. In short, a trust protector is someone who serves as an appointed authority over a trust that will be in effect for a long period of time. Trust protectors ensure that trustees: maintain the integrity of the trust, make solid distribution and investment decisions, and adapt …

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Copyright Law: Six Common Questions and Answers

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Intellectual property law is confusing, to say the least.  Trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets – oftentimes attorneys themselves can hardly distinguish between these concepts.  In an attempt to chip away at the mystery that is intellectual property, this blog answers six common questions about copyright law. What kind of work can be copyrighted? Copyright law protects works of authorship that …

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