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Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2013

In this Issue: - Limited Liability Companies — The Best of All Worlds? - Employees Are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations - Protect Your Plastic - HOA Can Regulate Common Area -...more

Employer Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of Withdrawal Liability

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers may discharge multiemployer trust withdrawal liability in bankruptcy. Employers required to contribute to multi-employer pension trusts face growing withdrawal...more

Court Rules NJ Charities Must Follow Donor’s Wishes or Return Money

Court Rules NJ Charities Must Follow Donor’s Wishes or Return Money by Christine M. Vanek on August 21, 2013 The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently clarified what happens when a charity...more

Employer’s Excuses Why They Don’t Look At Their Retirement Plan And Why They’re Wrong

As an ERISA attorney with a national practice of plan sponsor and retirement plan provider clients around the country (cheap plug here), I hear many excuses as to why plan sponsors don’t want to take a look at their...more

Nonprofit Revitalization Act and Executive Compensation Reform Act of 2013

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging the state legislature to enact two bills that would reform the statutory requirements for governance of nonprofit organizations – both not-for-profit corporations and...more

Required Updates for Entity-Assigned EINs

On May 3, 2013, the IRS issued final regulations that will require all persons (including trusts and estates) with employer identification numbers (“EIN”) to provide updated information to the IRS in a prescribed manner...more

President Obama Signs "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation into Law

As you likely have heard, the President signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) (the "Act") on January 2, 2013. The Act, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff" legislation, permanently extends the Bush era tax cuts...more

PBGC Changes Enforcement Policy Under ERISA Section 4062(e)

No action will be taken against creditworthy companies or small pension plans; no financial guarantees will be required for approximately 92% of applicable employer-plan sponsors. On November 2, the Pension Benefit...more

Rhode Island Opens Tax Amnesty Window by David C. Morganelli, Esq. and Ryan W. Sawyer, Esq.

The Rhode Island General Assembly recently passed the “2012 Rhode Island Tax Amnesty Act" which was promptly signed into law by the Governor on June 15, 2012. The Amnesty Act authorizes the Rhode Island Division of Taxation...more

Insights - Spring 2012

In This Issue: JOBS Act: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act; Fracking: Ohio’s New Oil and Gas Boom; 2012 Estate Planning; American Airlines: Who’s Flying the Plane? Labor Law Update; S Corporations; Blow to Method...more

New Laws Clamp Down On Employee Misclassifications

New Laws Clamp Down On Employee Misclassifications By Frank L. Brunetti on April 6th, 2012 Employers may be paying closer attention to how they classify workers in light of new state statutes that are being adopted in...more

Business Owners – Is Now the Time to Sell?

We are holding a Complimentary Business Succession Seminar on September 29th, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Mesa (U.S. 60 and Alma School Road) from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, to help business owners turn their dream of succession into...more

Succession: Is Keeping the Business in the Family Necessarily the Best Course?

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

Ten Planning Issues to Prepare a Business for Sale

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

Business Owners – Is Now the Time to Sell?

As business revenues and values have declined over the past number of years, many owners delayed the possible departure from their business through retirement or sale, either waiting for things to get better, or as result of...more

How to Maximize Your Life Insurance Premium Payments by Minimizing Premium Expense Charges

Do you own any Universal Life, Variable Universal Life or Guaranteed Universal Life insurance policies? If you do, you may be able to increase the cash value in your policies simply by strategically timing your premium...more

Legal Matters Newsletter Winter 2010

Please enjoy our quarterly newsletter. I hope you find it informative....more

Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Becomes Law

On December 17, 2010, the President signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "2010 Tax Act") (H.R. 4853). The 2010 Tax Act extends the Bush-era federal income...more

2010 Tax Relief Act Will Change Estate and Gift Tax Laws, Preserve Lower Income Tax Rates and Provide Other Tax Incentives

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the 2010 Tax Relief Act). The 2010 Tax Relief Act extends Bush-era tax cuts for two...more

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