Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
In This Issue:
- To preserve your wealth, consider a DAPT
- Estate planning for same-sex spouses: What the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling means
- Using an FLP or LLC? Beware the step transaction...more
Conducting an asset search on a subject is the first step for businesses and individuals to receive payments that are due to them. Most thorough asset searches cost less than $300.00 and provide existing assets of a subject...more
Whenever a privately held business is among the assets in a dissolution proceeding, certain fundamental issues must be addressed in the context of determining the value of the business. If the business is relatively small in...more
How Your Business or Company Can Benefit From an Asset Search
It has become increasingly important over the past few years for businesses and companies to collect debts that are owed to them. The economy has been in poor...more
In This Issue:
- IRS Audits: Understanding Criminal Rights and Risks
- Amazing Clients®: Ravago: A Big Company with a Low Profile
- When is a Mom not a Mom?: De Facto Parenting in Massachusetts
- Can the...more
As an owner of a closely-held private business you likely hold voting shares in your corporation. These shares allow you to exercise some control over the corporation by giving you the right to vote for corporate directors...more
Massachusetts is an equitable division state. This means that all property, whenever and however acquired, may be subject to division as well as utilized for support in a divorce case. If you are an owner or a shareholder in...more
In This Issue:
- How to Protect Your Assets as a Business Owner
- Separated But Not Divorced: Don’t Wait to Update Your Estate Plan
- Tales from the Cliff: Estate Planning Policy for 2013 and Beyond
While the new law is projected to raise taxes by about $600 billion in the next 10 years, it offers some comfort for many taxpayers who may have been preparing for the worst
On November 29, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) released a blanket No-Action Letter providing relief from registration as a Commodity Pool Operator (“CPO”) to family offices that qualify for the...more
Facts & Law:
A. Income taxes must be assessed within 3 years of the later of the date the return is filed or the due date of the return.
B. However, the assessment period remains open indefinitely “in the...more
The trustee's primary allegiance is to the beneficiary, not to the non-beneficiary spouse or ex-spouse, unless the express terms of the trust provide otherwise. Thus, when there is marital discord, the trustee must suppress...more
On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) into law. The JOBS Act encompasses several significant changes to the federal securities laws, providing a proverbial facelift...more
Small and medium sized businesses are the engines which drive the North American economy. Increasingly, people go in to their own business. Often spouses and other family members are in business together. Because of...more
In a January 2011 article we addressed the changes to the gift and estate tax provisions contained in the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
Everything may change at the end of 2012 so it is more important than ever to take a look at...more
Demographic trends —delayed marriages, considerable wealth being created pre- marriage, and an almost 50% rate of divorce—bring an urgency to the issue of apportioning the active and passive components of the growth in value...more
Q&A on Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Formations...more
In our June 2011 client memorandum, we discussed H.R. 2167, the proposed bill introduced by Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) to increase the threshold for mandatory registration for all companies under the Securities...more
Whether you should transfer ownership of the family business to your offspring may depend on your needs and the ability of your company, after the transfer, to support two families...more
Many entrenepreneurs have spent decades building their business right alongside raising their family. But for as much calculating thought as they have put into running a profitable company, they probably have devoted mush...more
Our Summer Newsletter. Our website has loads of resourceful material that may be of interest, take a look at our resource center and fact sheets. In this issue we have articles on Wills, Trusts, Transferable Nil Rate Bands,...more
Following the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression which followed, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 democratic campaign platform called for regulation of the securities exchanges “to the full extent of federal...more
The following ten planning issues will help prepare the business for sale and reduce unanticipated problems that may arise when a prospective buyer begins investigating the business for possible purchase. Regardless of...more