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  • Do You Need a Healthcare Proxy?

    The question I pose to you today is a simple one, albeit it forces each of us to consider our own mortality: if a set of circumstances came to pass that left you unable to speak for yourself as far as the medical treatment you wished to receive or decline, would your loved ones k...

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  • Estate Planning Checklist: Making Your Family's Life as Easy as Possible When You Pass

    As people move through their lives, they hit certain milestones along the way: getting a drivers license; graduating college; getting married; celebrating the birth of their first child; and yes, even drafting your first will is a milestone. While planning for the inevitable is o...

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  • Are Your Workers Classified Properly? Employee vs. Independent Contractor

    In the Internal Revenue Services ongoing effort to ensure that all employees are properly classified, the IRS recently tackled a classification issue involving a construction business. The concern raised in Atlantic Coast Masonry, Inc., TC Memo. 2012-233, was essentially one wher...

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  • Does Suicide Affect an Estate Plan?

    Yes, by all accounts, the title of this article evokes images of a disturbing topic; for countless families, however, this is a reality that many unfortunately face. There is no question that suicide can devastate a family. A question that families often ask after the initial blo...

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  • IRS Issues Guidance for Spousal Estate Tax Exemption Rules

    For those with significant enough estates, new guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service relative to estate-tax law changes that Congress passed late in 2010 will come as welcome news. The new rules relate to maximizing federal estate-tax savings without costly pre-death pl...

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  • How to Fight an Unfounded Debt Collection Action

    Whether its a sign of these uncertain economic times or something more is unclear, but one thing is certain: creditors, especially those holding credit card debts, are currently pursuing their rights like theres no tomorrow. More and more debtors are finding themselves harassed b...

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  • Estate Planning In a Digital Era

    In an era where digital media has become an increasingly important and real component of our everyday lives, it should not be surprising that issues concerning individuals digital interests at death are now coming to the forefront of the estate planning arena. Times are certainl...

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  • Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft

    Although its a lesser known version of identity theft, stolen identity tax refund fraud is a quickly growing epidemic. In a typical tax refund fraud case, a thief steals someones Social Security number or other personal information, and uses it to file a fraudulent tax return see...

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  • What Is a Private Improvement Mechanics Lien?

    Contrary to what the name might imply, a mechanics lien in New York has nothing to do with your auto mechanic. Rather, these are security interests that can get filed against the title of real property when an improvement has been made thereto, but not monetarily satisfied. These...

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  • How Much Protection Do LLC Members Have From Personal Liabilities In New York?

    When you formed your New York limited liability company (LLC), you probably did so with the intention of shielding your personal assets from creditors. Generally speaking, a members assets are in fact well shielded from creditors that have judgments against the LLC itself. That s...

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