How Should Your Small Business Respond to a Lawsuit?

How Should Your Small Business Respond to a Lawsuit?

There are things that you cannot control such as the economy, natural disasters, and the changing needs and desires of consumers. However, you can prepare for some events by purchasing insurance, developing a disaster plan, preparing a business succession plan, and working with professionals such as a Maryland business attorney, accountants, and others to ensure you have adequate plans in place should the unthinkable occur.

Crowdfunding Your Small Business - What You Need to Know

Crowdfunding Your Small Business - What You Need to Know

Crowdfunding has become a popular way to raise money for a new product or business idea. Investors see crowdfunding as a way to support small businesses while earning money on their investment. However, there are rules and regulations that entrepreneurs and investors should know before participating in crowdfunding. A Maryland business attorney can help you ensure that you comply with the JOBS Act and the subsequent Regulation Crowdfunding adopted by the SEC.

Should My LLC be Taxed as an S-Corporation?

Should My LLC be Taxed as an S-Corporation?

An LLC may elect how it wants to be taxed: as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S-Corp, or C-Corp. Depending on the situation, electing one income tax structure over another income tax structure for an LLC can provide important tax benefits for the company and the owner. Because tax law can be complicated, it's beneficial to discuss your concerns and needs with a Maryland business tax attorney before electing how your LLC should be treated  for tax purposes.

Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Here Are Seven Things You Should Know Before You Commit

Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Here Are Seven Things You Should Know Before You Commit

Are you interested in purchasing a franchise? Purchasing a franchise offers several benefits, such as name recognition and an established reputation. However, deciding whether a franchise is a good investment for you can be complicated. Below are seven considerations that you may want to discuss further with a Maryland business attorney before entering a franchise agreement. 

Start-Up Checklist - Ten Things You Need to Consider Before Starting Your Company

Start-Up Checklist - Ten Things You Need to Consider Before Starting Your Company

Are you ready to start a new company? If so, there are several steps you should take as you prepare to begin a new business. The steps you take now to build a strong foundation for your business can greatly impact whether your business is successful. As a Maryland business attorney, I regularly guide clients through the steps of starting a company.

Maryland’s Minimum Wage Increase - Is Your Company Compliant?

Maryland’s Minimum Wage Increase - Is Your Company Compliant?

Is your company complying with Maryland’s new minimum wage laws? If not, you could face significant penalties from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. If you have questions about the minimum wage increase, a Maryland business attorney can review your company’s policies to ensure compliance with the new minimum wage laws in Maryland.

Five Things Your Company Should Be Doing Under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Five Things Your Company Should Be Doing Under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became effective as of February 11, 2018. Many employers continue to have questions regarding the Act’s requirement for employers to provide employees with ESS time (earned sick and safe leave) to care for themselves or their family members, in accordance withthe requirements of the Act. Consulting with a Maryland business attorney can help ensure you are complying with all provisions of the Act.

What Can a Tax Attorney Do For You?

What Can a Tax Attorney Do For You?

A Maryland tax attorney can do many things for clients. We are not only called upon when someone has a problem with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or other taxing authority. A tax attorney can help you with all matters related to personal and business taxes with two goals in mind – reducing your tax burden and preventing an audit.

Want to Lower Your Tax Liability? Partner Up With Your Spouse

Want to Lower Your Tax Liability? Partner Up With Your Spouse

Are you searching for a way to lower your taxes for 2018 and beyond? If you are married, you might be able to create a partnership with your spouse to put more money in your pocket instead of Uncle Sam’s pockets. Don’t worry if you and your spouse do not work well together because your spouse can be more of a silent investor than a participating partner.

Estate Planning Strategies Under the New Federal Tax Law

Estate Planning Strategies Under the New Federal Tax Law

Several events should trigger a review of your estate plan, such as the birth of a child, a divorce, or the death of an heir. Another reason to review your estate plan is a change in the tax code. When Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), I received numerous calls from clients with questions about how the changes to the federal tax code impacted their estate plans.

Do You Know About the TCJA Reform Attack on IRA Recharacterizations?

Do You Know About the TCJA Reform Attack on IRA Recharacterizations?

A tax and retirement planning tool used by some individuals has been eliminated with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). However, even though we may be losing an effective tax planning opportunity, all is not lost. There are still some ways to use IRA recharacterizations that comply with the TCJA. 

Why do I Need an Advance Care Directive?

Why do I Need an Advance Care Directive?

The purpose of an Advance Care Directive is to carefully explain how you want medical decisions to be made for you in the event you are unable to make the decisions for yourself. Even though you can locate forms for an Advance Care Directive online, preparing this important legal document without the assistance of a Maryland estate-planning attorney can result in your health care wishes being ignored.

Why do I Need a Residuary Estate Clause?

Why do I Need a Residuary Estate Clause?

When you draft and execute a will, your Maryland estate-planning attorney should ensure that your will has all mandatory clauses and terms to ensure the will is valid and accomplishes your wishes and goals. Because attorneys who do not practice in the area of estate planning may not be familiar with certain clauses for wills, it is prudent to seek the advice of an experienced Maryland estate planning attorney when executing your will.

5 Things That Happen When You Fail to Have an Estate Plan in Place

5 Things That Happen When You Fail to Have an Estate Plan in Place

Estate planning is an important process for individuals regardless of their wealth, marital status, age, or health. An estate plan is much more than simply directing who will inherit your assets upon your death. A comprehensive estate plan can lower or eliminate estate taxes, protect assets from creditors, provide for incapacitation, protect a family member with special needs, and much more.

What Does an Estate Administration Attorney Do?

What Does an Estate Administration Attorney Do?

An estate administration attorney guides a personal representative through each step of the estate administration process. Because a personal representative can be held liable for negligence and other errors made while administering the estate, it is important to have an attorney to provide legal advice and support. 

What Responsibilities Do Virginia Guardians and Conservators Have?

What Responsibilities Do Virginia Guardians and Conservators Have?

When a minor child or an incapacitated adult is appointed a court-ordered guardian and conservator, the person appointed by the court has a duty and legal responsibility to act in the best interests of the protected person or ward (minor child or incapacitated adult). It can be a little overwhelming if you are suddenly appointed by the court to care for another person and manage that person’s property and affairs.

How Do You Select Your Business Formation State?

How Do You Select Your Business Formation State?

A corporation may be formed in any state while conducting business and being physically located in the business owner’s state of residence. A DC business attorney guides business owners in choosing the state for the formation of a business that offers the business the best advantages of incorporation. 

Do You Know How to Use a Durable Power of Attorney?

Do You Know How to Use a Durable Power of Attorney?

Have you been named as the Attorney-in-Fact or Agent of a Durable Power of Attorney? If so, it is very important that you understand the powers and duties that have been granted to you by the Principal. It is equally important that you understand how and when to use the powers granted to you by the Durable Power of Attorney. Our Virginia estate-planning attorney assists individuals in learning how to use a Durable Power of Attorney in addition to assisting individuals as they create these documents as part of their estate plan.

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Client Entertainment Deduction in 2018

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Client Entertainment Deduction in 2018

Many of the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 benefit businesses. However, some of the changes may make it more difficult for businesses to write off certain expenses. For example, changes in the entertainment deductions for 2018 may cost companies thousands of dollars, especially for companies who have a strong sales department that entertains clients and potential customers on a regular basis.