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  • Planning for aging parents – 5 tips for the sandwich generation

    March / April 2015
    Newsletter: Estate Planner

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: With so many people finding themselves caring for both their children and their parents at the same time, estate planning has expanded in many cases to include not only children, but one’s aging parents as well. This article provides five tips to consider, including making gifts, setting up trusts, and buying the parents’ home.

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  • Recent law promotes training for skilled construction workers

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: On-Site

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: The signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) this past July didn’t garner many headlines. But the act’s potential impact on the construction industry is indeed newsworthy, for the act represents a chance to do something about the skilled labor shortage that’s been plaguing contractors for years. This article looks at the law’s attempt to consolidate and enhance a wide variety of federally run job-training programs.

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  • Making the most of cost accounting – How to avoid some common missteps

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 506

    Abstract: As health care reform soldiers on, a greater emphasis than perhaps ever before is being placed on costs. That makes this an ideal time for hospitals to improve their cost accounting. This article offers a few relatively simple tips that can help hospitals avoid some of the common missteps that may doom such initiatives despite the best of intentions.

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  • 5 ways to leverage internal audits

    August / September 2014
    Newsletter: Public Company Insights

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: Traditionally, the role of an internal audit (IA) function has been to test financial and compliance controls and then report its findings to the appropriate oversight. But in recent years that role has evolved. An IA, with its cross-functional perspective, is in an ideal position to help companies anticipate and mitigate a variety of risks, improve business financial and operational processes, and evaluate strategies. This article lists five ways businesses can enhance the value of their IA function.

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  • 5 tips for reducing fraud at your firm

    Summer 2014
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 506

    Abstract: Because they foster a collegial, trusting environment, law firms can be more vulnerable to fraud than many other types of businesses. Enforcing internal controls may simply seem unnecessary in an office of professionals dedicated to the law. Unfortunately, occupational thieves take advantage of such complacency. This article discusses five basic controls that law firms can implement to help deter fraud.

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  • What tone does management set? Ethics starts at the top of the organizational chart

    February / March 2014
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 506

    Abstract: Unethical behavior at the top of any organization — commonly referred to as the “tone at the top” — is among the factors that lead to fraud. That’s because attitudes about ethics flow down the organizational chart. This article lists types of misconduct that can destroy an organization and explains how to identify best practices.

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  • Passive activity loss limitations

    March 2014
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

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    Abstract: The passive activity loss (PAL) rules were introduced by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and were designed to curb perceived tax shelter abuses. However, the PAL rules are far-reaching and affect activities other than tax shelters. Additionally, these rules limit the deductibility of losses for federal income tax purposes. This article explains what constitutes a passive activity and particularly how the rules affect rental activities.

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  • Are wireless carriers liable for user infringement?

    October / November 2013
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to infringe copyrighted material. But can the providers of that technology be found liable for its users’ infringement? This article looks at a case in which a seller of commercial multimedia-messaging content, after finding that users were resharing content without permission or compensation, alleged that the carrier vicariously infringed its content and induced others to do so. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that, because the plaintiff had failed to establish the necessary specific knowledge of infringement, its contributory copyright infringement claim also failed.

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  • What’s an owner worth? Setting a reasonable salary for yourself

    Winter 2012
    Newsletter: Business Matters

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    Abstract: During an economic downturn, it may be an acceptable short-term strategy for owners to take a pay cut to keep their company afloat. But it’s also important that owners pay themselves what the IRS calls a “reasonable” salary. S corporation owners, in particular, can get into trouble if their salaries are too low. This article offers advice for both start-ups and mature businesses regarding how to determine the amount, form and timing of their owners’ compensation.

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  • Give your board members a break — and your nonprofit a boost

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: A nonprofit’s board members lead busy lives, so it’s essential to organize periodic retreats that bring everyone together in a relaxed setting. But good planning is necessary for a retreat to avoid wasting time and money and to be successful. This includes getting participant buy-in, creating a detailed agenda and making a postretreat plan.

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  • Practical Perspectives: Key financial issues for you and your family – Life settlement piques curiosity of well-read retiree

    August / September 2011
    Newsletter: Trendlines

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: In this issue, “Practical Perspectives” takes a look at Donald, a retiree who was piqued by a newspaper article’s report of an arbitration panel requiring an insurance company to pay millions for its involvement with life settlements. Donald was curious because he had a $3 million permanent life insurance policy he might be willing to part with if he could get something for his years of investment. This article describes his financial advisor’s advice.

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  • Mission control – Family mission statement promotes a harmonious estate plan

    March / April 2010
    Newsletter: Estate Planner

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: Building and preserving family wealth isn’t an end in itself. Rather, it’s a tool for promoting shared family values — such as philanthropy, education, financial security, quality of life — or encouraging family members to lead responsible, productive, healthy lives. Drafting a family mission statement can be an effective way to define and communicate these values. This article discusses what should be involved in setting up a statement, and what it should cover.

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  • Ask the Advisor – Q: Can a shareholder agreement prevent conflict among business owners?

    February / March 2008
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

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    Word count: 506

    Abstract: As this column explains, shareholder agreements enable owners to plan their company’s future — whatever unexpected events might befall it. These agreements assign ownership, set a value for company shares, dictate buyout terms and outline how the company is to be managed. This detailed plan helps to eliminate surprises and minimize disagreements down the line. (Updated 9/27/12)

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