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  • Going for the gold – You can’t afford not to pursue planned gifts

    Year End 2012
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Research suggests that the average planned gift in the United States falls between $35,000 and $70,000 — and with the baby boomer generation moving into their retirement years, that number may grow. Yet many nonprofits, especially small and medium-size organizations, lack formal planned giving programs. This article discusses the benefits of such programs and specifically examines bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. But there are some potential pitfalls of planned giving programs, and a sidebar shows how to avoid them.

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  • Defense damages experts – Developing a winning strategy

    September / October 2011
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1029

    Abstract: In cases involving monetary damages, a critical strategic decision for the defense is whether to engage a damages expert. It may seem inadvisable to let the plaintiff’s damages calculations go uncontested, but presenting one’s own damages evidence can send mixed signals to the jury, particularly if liability is being denied. This article lists three options the defense has, and looks at two cases that illustrate the potential risks and rewards of challenging the plaintiff’s damages expert without presenting an alternative damages estimate. Citation: FMS, Inc. v. Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19517 (N.D. Ill. 2007) [Quoting Empire Gas Corp. v. American Bakeries Co., 840 F.2d 1333, 1242 (7th Cir. 1988)]; FMS, Inc. v. Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Inc., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 4938 (7th Cir. 03/04/2009); Sossikian v. Ennis, No. A119693 (Cal. App. Dist. 1 07/16/2009)

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  • The Pension Protection Act of 2006 – Keep your defined benefit plan up-to-date

    April / May 2008
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: While 401(k) plans and other defined contribution (DC) plans have become more common over the past 20 years, defined benefit (DB) plans have remained a way for firms to compensate key employees. But the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) made significant funding changes to DB plans. This article examines the changes that take effect in 2008.

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