Individuals who hold a liquor license face a number of restrictions on their business operations. In the context of estate and business succession planning, these limitations add an extra burden when passing the business on to heirs due to additional restrictions which may come into play after the death of a license holder. If owners do not plan appropriately, their estate may face legal difficulties and high costs which could reduce their assets.
It is not exactly news that the majority of business communications today are handled electronically by email. However, in the context of litigation, this can add new complications and twists to an age-old problem: How to obtain evidence from an opposing party who is motivated to avoid producing communications and willing to disregard their obligations under the relevant rules.
For years, the government and financial experts have encouraged individuals to save more money for retirement. One of the best ways to save is to use tax beneficial accounts, including 401k, 403(b) or traditional IRAs. These accounts allow assets to grow tax deferred until the funds are withdrawn, which is not required until an individual reaches age 70 and a half. As a result, many people will die with significant assets in these tax protected accounts, which can pose challenges for proper estate planning. However, retirement asset trusts can provide a solution.
In recent years, steps have been taken to reduce the role of NFL agents, particularly with younger players. Since the NFL and the NFLPA entered into their 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, NFL agents have been limited in what they can negotiate for rookie players. They are only able to negotiate the timing of salary bonus payments and “offset” language, which addresses whether the salary of a player who is released from his contract and signs with another team reduces, or offsets, the amount the first team must pay to the player. As a result of this restricted role, some players have even begun to forego agents completely for their first contract, hurting agents’ revenue.
According to a Gallup Poll earlier this year, only 44% of Americans say they have a will. Unfortunately, from new parents, to one of the world’s biggest music stars, many people believe they don’t need a will; don’t understand why it’s so important; or simply do not take the time to meet with an estate attorney to prepare one.
Under New York state law, business owners who form a limited liability company are required to create an operating agreement which details the procedures by which the LLC will operate.
Despite the requirement, many companies don’t have an agreement in place, or have created a document using boilerplate language without advice from an attorney.
For many high-wealth individuals, effective estate planning is largely motivated by the desire to minimize the estate and income taxes their heirs may pay. Reducing estate taxes often means maximizing the benefits of the unified credit amount through the use of valuation discounts.