How Do I Start a Home-Based Business?

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The number of people working from home has never been higher. During the pandemic, many workers got a taste of the remote-work future and realized that they prefer to work from home. Now, as companies move ahead with return-to-office plans, there is an emerging power struggle is emerging between employers that want workers back at their desks and employees who …

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Why You Should Consider Putting Your LLC into a Trust

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The limited liability company (LLC) is a popular business structure that offers liability protection and avoidance of double taxation. Trusts are popular asset transfer vehicles that allow you to avoid probate and keep assets out of the hands of creditors. By placing LLC membership interests in a trust, business owners can combine the two types of legal entities and enjoy …

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Cari Rincker Joins Amicable Divorce Network

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I have always been passionate about resolving disputes outside of court, especially when children are involved.  It’s one of the (many) reasons why I love mediation. I’m excited to announce that I have been accepted into the Amicable Divorce Network for both Illinois and New York.  I just completed my training and am excited to help walk folks who are …

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Ask Cari: Divorced Parents and the Earned Income Tax Credit

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Can the custodial parent claim the Earned Income Tax Credit while the noncustodial parent claims a different tax credit?  After a divorce with children, it can be very confusing when it comes to figuring out which parent can claim which child tax credit. In most circumstances, only one parent is able to claim a child for the following tax credits: …

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Considerations Before Owning a Business with Your Spouse

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Both running a successful business and having a successful marriage require commitment and hard work. Operating a business as a married couple can present its share of challenges, but being devoted to one another as spouses and as business partners can bring higher levels of accountability and trust to the business. If you and your spouse can find ways to …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Egg Donation in Illinois

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Do: Find a donor that shares similar values about egg donation. Have you come to the realization that in order to build your family, you will need the assistance of an egg donor? Regardless of whether you plan to carry the child yourself or hire a surrogate, the egg donor that you choose will share a permanent genetic connection with …

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Using a Deferred Compensation Agreement in Your Business

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The war for talent is heating up. A record number of workers have quit their jobs this year, creating a massive problem for employers. While higher pay can help get new workers in the door of your business, wages alone may not be enough to keep them there. Employers are getting creative in finding ways to attract—and retain—great employees. In …

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Ask Cari: Custom Processing Agreements for Livestock Producers

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Many livestock producers (like myself) sell meat directly to consumers.  One common method used by livestock producers is selling a whole head, half a head or a quarter head of beef, pork, goat meat, lamb, etc. directly to the consumer for custom processing.  I recently drafted a custom processing agreement for myself and this type of agreement can be useful …

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What You Need to Know about Illinois Postnuptial Agreements

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Is it too late for a prenup if I’m already married?  In Illinois, prenups become effective on the day that you and your betrothed are legally married.  If you’re past that point, a prenuptial agreement is no longer a valid option.  That does not mean it is too late for you and your spouse to protect yourselves and your respective …

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Common Considerations for Using a Liability Waiver in Your Business

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Exposure to lawsuits involving injury and loss claims is among the biggest risks that businesses face. Although liability waivers are most commonly used by businesses that offer inherently dangerous activities, such as ski resorts, amusement parks, and gyms, they can be used whenever a business seeks to limit the claims or damages that a visitor could pursue against it in …

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How to Choose a Trustee

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When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee does what you do right now with your financial affairs—collect income, pay bills and taxes, save and invest for the future, buy and sell property, provide for your loved ones, keep accurate records, and generally keep things organized and in good order. Key Takeaways  You can …

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Integrating Community Property Trust Into Your Estate Planning

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A well-crafted estate plan is comprised of many individual parts, and careful, trust-based estate planning is the best way to ensure the highest possible quality of life for you and your loved ones. One way couples can make get the most mileage out of their estate plans is through community property trusts. This is a special type of trust that …

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