The “ACTION” items below are critical to the continued success and growth of any business. Protect Your Business Name and Trademarks :  Building a powerful and meaningful brand is a top priority for most small business owners.  Unfortunately, protecting that brand from infringing, unscrupulous competitors often takes a back seat when we are overwhelmed with…

I always suggest a course of continuing education where asset protection principles are concerned. Because your education is never really complete and should be ongoing nevertheless ,here are some BEST ASSET PROTECTION principles to carry around in your wallet: Inventory Everything. Make a complete list of your assets and debts. It’s a good idea to do…

The Unfair Competition Law, codified as Business & Professions Code Section 17200, provides for injunctive and other relief for any business practice that is “unfair,” “unlawful” or “fraudulent.” What is Unfair?  An unfair business practice is one that has the tendency to deceive the public.  Courts have struggled to come up with some sort of formula…

The limited liability company combines the limited liability advantage of a Corporation with the protection of your ownership interest.  Yet, there are essential reasons you should prefer a Limited Liability CO. (LLC) or corporation to the Limited Partnership: – As with an S corporation, you can avoid double taxation with a Limited Liability Company.  And, the Limited…

Living Trusts Over the last two decades, the popularity of Living Trusts has skyrocketed. No longer are a tool just for the rich, Living Trusts one of the most common estate planning tools in use today. In fact, today’s estate planning is not just about death and taxes, but includes protection of one’s assets from…

How an AB Trust Works Under the old tax laws, each spouse had an estate tax exemption, but typically, the first spouse to die didn’t use his or her exemption. That’s because most spouses left everything to the survivor, and bequests to a surviving spouse aren’t subject to estate tax. (This rule is called the…

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