August / September

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  • Online donation portals are contributor-friendly

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 595

    Abstract: Every charity needs an effective way to receive donations. A Web site may have that capability, but contributors might find it awkward to use. If so, or if the site isn’t set up to handle online donations, charities can consider combining forces with an online donation portal. The giver decides on the amount to give and gives it; the online portal handles almost everything else, including online security. One big advantage of registering with a donation portal is that potential donors will likely discover organizations supporting their favorite causes.

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  • Different strokes – There’s more than one way to form an alliance

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 720

    Abstract: Not-for-profit organizations often collaborate among themselves to achieve a common goal. But organizations also team up when their objectives differ — not only with other nonprofits, but with for-profit entities, too. A shared day-to-day working environment exists in “coworking” arrangements, as two entities carry out independent activities. They may share not only overhead, but perhaps even ideas. Even sharing employees can be mutually beneficial.

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  • Ask the Advisor – Q. Do I need a corporate development team?

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 431

    Abstract: Many companies are assembling “corporate development teams” to devise and implement strategies for growing their business — particularly through mergers and acquisitions. This article explains how to staff a team, what its responsibilities should be, and how its role differs from that of an M&A deal team.

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  • Accentuate the positive – Revenues can drive postmerger growth

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 566

    Abstract: Almost all business buyers hope that their acquisition will lead to higher revenue growth in the future. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of deals won’t. Although it may be important to cut costs, the real key to a successful acquisition is to continue growing revenues after consolidation has taken place. This article explains how to sustain current revenue and work to generate revenue growth during the integration stage.

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  • Hedge your bets with a hedge fund

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 514

    Abstract: Hedge funds continue to play an important role in the M&A marketplace despite getting caught up in the financial market meltdown of the past few years. Although they remain a minority in the ranks of prospective business buyers, hedge funds can’t be ignored, because they have superior access to capital and healthy appetites for risk. This article discusses the different ways that hedge funds can make an acquisition, and looks at some pros and cons of partnering with these types of buyers.

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  • When it’s time to sell – Internal and external factors can help you decide

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 929

    Abstract: One of the toughest decisions a business owner will ever make is to sell his or her company. Sometimes sales are forced, but in most cases owners must carefully assess their company’s financial and competitive position and determine the best time to sell, given their own future plans. This article looks at the internal and external factors that can influence the timing of a sale, and how to prepare a company well in advance of any planned sale so that it’s an attractive target — regardless of market conditions. A sidebar considers the personal ramifications of selling.

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  • Looks are everything when it comes to design patents

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 515

    Abstract: In the world of design patents, looks trump all. That’s because a design patent protects only an article’s ornamental aspects — not its functional aspects. In one case involving carpentry tools, the Federal Circuit offered a reminder that this limited scope of protection can undermine a patent owner’s infringement claims against even extremely similar products.

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  • Federal Circuit confirms: Patents need written descriptions

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 419

    Abstract: Some inventors might think any old written description of their inventions is adequate for patent protection — but they’d be wrong. In fact, in one recent case, the Federal Circuit confirmed that a patent must satisfy a specific written description requirement to be valid. Simply describing the manner and process of making and using the invention won’t suffice.

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  • Innocence lost – Fifth Circuit hears defense in music downloading case

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 539

    Abstract: When it comes to copyright notices involving recorded music, can ignorance of the law be a defense? It’s an increasingly important question in today’s age of digital file sharing via the Internet. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals provided one answer in the case of a woman who used a file-sharing program to share 544 digital audio files — including a number of the plaintiffs’ copyrighted recordings — with other users of a peer-to-peer network.

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  • Going once, going twice … sold! Court addresses eBay’s liability for contributory infringement

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 938

    Abstract: The popularity of Internet auction services such as eBay has proven to be a boon for sellers of counterfeit goods. In frustration, some trademark owners have fought back by going after not only the sellers for direct infringement, but also the service providers for contributory infringement. In one recent case, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at eBay’s “generalized knowledge” of counterfeiting on its site and considered whether it should impose liability for contributory infringement. A sidebar discusses how, even though the court found for eBay, it remanded the plaintiff’s false advertising claim for further consideration.

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  • Estate Planning Pitfall – You don’t have a succession plan for your business

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 283

    Abstract: For business owners, estate planning and succession planning go hand-in-hand. Owners of closely held businesses typically have a significant portion of their wealth tied up in the business. Those who own a business, yet don’t take steps to ensure that it lives on after they’re gone, may be placing their family at risk. This article shows why an effective plan should address management succession and ownership succession.

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  • Finding your comfort zone – Manage risk to preserve and grow wealth for future generations

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 494

    Abstract: The 2007–2008 financial crisis drove home the fact that investment risk is a real concern that families need to define and manage. Too little risk, and asset growth may not keep pace with inflation, eroding wealth over time. Too much risk, on the other hand, jeopardizes a family’s financial security. This article looks at a couple of approaches that can be useful in managing risk.

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  • 2 rules make planning complicated if you already own life insurance

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 818

    Abstract: As of mid-2010, the estate tax is still scheduled to return, so it remains important to keep life insurance out of one’s estate. But the tax code’s “three-year rule” can pull policy proceeds back into a transferor’s estate if he or she doesn’t survive for at least three years after the transfer. And an exception to this rule can trigger the “transfer-for-value rule,” which can cause the transferee to be subject to ordinary income taxes. But this article shows how one might avoid both rules through use of an irrevocable grantor trust.

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  • Fraudulent transfer laws – Don’t let creditors undo your estate plan

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 898

    Abstract: Most people wouldn’t even consider transferring or hiding assets to avoid paying their creditors. But the fraudulent transfer laws can also jeopardize perfectly innocent, legitimate estate planning moves. And if creditors challenge gifts, trusts, retitling of property or other strategies as fraudulent transfers, they can quickly undo an estate plan. This article examines the difference between actual vs. constructive fraud, and explains the importance of analyzing one’s net worth before making substantial gifts. A sidebar lists factors that may signal an intent to defraud.

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  • What’s the right income tax withholding for you?

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 496

    Abstract: Each year, nearly three out of four taxpayers claim an income tax refund. To be sure, receiving a check from the IRS is nice. On the other hand, giving the government an interest-free loan for close to a year isn’t the best use of one’s money. This is why it pays to periodically review one’s withholding amounts. This article covers several reasons to modify these amounts and discusses how taxpayers can determine whether they should increase or decrease their allowances, and by how much.

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  • Sibling vs. sibling – Managed effectively, sibling rivalry can benefit a family business

    August / September 2010
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 652

    Abstract: Sibling rivalry can bring out the best in children, but if it goes too far, it can become detrimental as they play an increasing role in the family business. This article looks at the factors that cause sibling rivalry and some specific steps family business owners can take to manage the rivalry effectively and allow it to become the family business’ secret weapon.

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