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Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the month of April 2016

Conventional - April 21, 2016 – The Alberta government announced the technical formulas that will be used to calculate royalties and payout cost allowances on oil, natural gas, propane and butane starting in 2017....more

Recap: Powell’s Book’s | The Rise of an Empire

“If you give the business to my brother, you will never see your grandchildren again.” When Michael Powell heard that description of a family business succession plan gone wrong from another family in the area, he...more

Why the SBA doesn’t like your power of attorney form: An estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with...

This article will review the second of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are in compliance with federal regulations if you are an SBA certified, economically-disadvantaged small...more

Potential Refund Opportunity: Recent Michigan Business Tax Ruling Clarifies the Meaning of ‘Indirect’ Ownership

The Michigan Court of Appeals has held that Treasury cannot use the constructive ownership rules of IRC § 318 to determine whether a group of entities meets the threshold for mandatory combined reporting under the Business...more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

How To Survive A Conflict of Interest Scandal

What happens when you own a business and hold a political position or serve on a non-profit board and you have to make a decision in one of those positions that could affect your business? Can you remain objective? Can you...more

Don’t Put Off Succession Planning for the Family Farm

With the fall harvest complete for most farmers, now is a good time to give some thought to an estate plan and farm succession plan. As farmers know, maintaining a profitable farm operation is difficult. It can become a...more

Who Owns the Family Name?

For good reasons family businesses often use a family name in their business names. The use of a family name has a number of benefits, from quickly identifying the familial association with the business to honoring the legacy...more

Passing on the Business to the Next Generation: Not for Everyone

A recent article in The Economist (“The Reluctant Heir”) addressed the challenges in getting the next generation ready to take over the family business. These challenges are nothing new in the family business community. In...more

The Results Are In!

Each year, our colleagues at the Pacific Family Business Institute (PFBI) conduct a survey of approximately two hundred family business leaders in the Pacific Northwest. They ask about topics such as growth, succession...more

FERC Proposes Rule Clarifying Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers to Identify Owners and Affiliates

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed on December 17, 2015, to amend its regulations to clarify the obligations of certain companies that sell electric energy to identify their owners and affiliates. This...more

HR Compliance: Shooting the Messenger

Sometimes being in human resources is no fun at all. It’s hard to be the one who has to facilitate a reduction in force. It’s uncomfortable to be responsible for telling an employee that he needs to shower more often. It’s...more

BALCA Affirms CO’s Denial Where Beneficiary Has an Ownership Interest in Closely Held Company

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) upheld a Certifying Officer’s denial of an Employer’s Application for Permanent Certification due to the fact that the beneficiary and her husband each had a 50%...more

New Rhode Island Acquired Real Estate Company Conveyance Tax Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Effective July 1, 2015, Rhode Island now imposes a realty conveyance tax on the transfer of controlling interests in a “real estate company,” in addition to any other state taxes. Under prior law, if a person or business...more

Department Recommences Responsible Party Assessments

When the Department of Revenue transitioned trust fund taxes to its “new” integrated computerized tax system last November, it temporarily suspended the issuance of responsible party assessments. In its most recent PA Tax...more

M&A: How to Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Business

As a family or private business owner, you know how to sell your product or service. But do you know how to sell the company itself? Selling a business that has been built over the years is emotional and stressful, and for...more

Why does my spouse have an interest in my separate business?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Family Law attorney Laurence B. Hirsch discusses why a spouse may have an interest in the other spouse's separate business and property. For more information contact www.jaburgwilk.com....more

Agencies Cannot Make Conditional Final Offers of Just Compensation in Condemnation Actions

In California eminent domain cases, a property or business owner is entitled to recover litigation expenses (attorneys' fees and expert costs) when the public agency's final offer of compensation is unreasonable and the...more

“Letting Go: As Baby Boomers Sell Their Businesses, Too Many Forget the All-Important Succession Plan.”

Building a Business from the ground up takes devotion, energy and commitment to the bigger picture. It’s akin to birthing and raising a baby — albeit a baby that will always need a firm, guiding hand. Finding that next hand —...more

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part II: Strategies for Discovery

You want to protect the identity of your business’ owners, but your opponent issued discovery requesting a copy of your organizational chart and/or information on the identities of your LLC members or LP partners. You are...more

FPPC Amends Conflict of Interest Regulations

As part of a larger project, the Fair Political Practices Commission adopted language amending the set of regulations that identify the standards for determining what constitutes a material financial effect of a public...more

In a Business Owners Agreement, Should All Owners Be Equal?

Good business planning involves owners of the company developing and entering into a shareholders agreement, operating agreement or partnership agreement (owners agreement). A good owners agreement will allow the owners to...more

Highly-Protected Secrets: Competitors Try to Keep Legal Secrets in the Quasi-Legal Marijuana Industry

How do you use the law to keep something unlawful a secret? This and related questions arise as more states legalize marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or both. As an illicit industry emerges from the shadows,...more

SAM's New Ownership Disclosure Requirements

The System for Award Management (“SAM”) administrator recently issued a new requirement for identification of your entity’s ownership in order to maintain an active registration in SAM. ...more

Divorce – Four Business Reasons for a Prenuptial Agreement

With an ongoing Oklahoma divorce case in mind last month Tilting wrote about Tigh A. Knott, his wife Lucy Knott and how a business owner’s divorce can impact his business and affect his partners. The real players were Harold...more

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