June 2019

What Public Benefits Are Available for Me and How do I Plan to Qualify for Them?

The government offers many programs that provide assistance to various types of individuals, including those struggling with issues of hunger, income, and housing.  There are two types of public benefits: means-tested and non-means tested programs.  In addition to other requirements, means-tested programs take into account the applicant’s income, resources, or both; non-means tested programs do

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What is a Trust and What Does it Do?

A trust is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a trustee (a third party, not usually the beneficiary), to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trusts can be drafted to deal with many situations and issues (e.g., minority, disability, spendthrift, creditor issues of a beneficiary, etc.) and can specify exactly how and when

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I’m a Trustee: What is Trust Administration and Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me?

Trust administration is the process that occurs after the death of a trustor or grantor. Being named a Trustee or having to serve as a Trustee involves a steep learning curve, one that can seem insurmountable especially considering the administration of a trust can last years or decades.  It often involves interpretation of trust provisions,

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You Should Consult With a Lawyer About Your Franchise Agreement

An experienced franchise lawyer will regularly represent both franchisors and potential franchisees in drafting and reviewing agreements that set clients up for success.  If you’re considering franchising your business, you know it’s a large and complex undertaking governed by both federal and state law.  On the other hand, if you’re looking to buy into an

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Why Corporate Governance is Important to Keeping Your Business Out of Hot Water

Positioning your business for success often involves proper internal corporate governance and operation.  Corporate officers, owners, boards of directors, and shareholders often need strategic representation and advice to ensure best practices and legal compliance.  In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, making sure that your company stays compliant with all internal rules and regulations is important.

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Before Building a Home, You Need a Construction Contract

For homeowners, building a new home or remodeling an old home is an exciting time.  Likewise, for general contractors and subcontractors, starting work on a new project brings revenue and, hopefully, additional work through referrals and word of mouth.  But every contraction project should be built upon the initial foundation of a construction contract.  A

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3 Reasons to Talk to a Lawyer Before Buying or Selling Your Business

Buying or selling a business is a complex process.  If you spent time, money, and effort growing your business and you’re considering selling it to a qualified buyer—or if you’re considering the purchase of a business—you should hire an experienced attorney to advise you through all phases of the sale.  Here are three reasons you

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