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  • Appointing a guardian for your children can be a difficult task

    November / December 2020
    Newsletter: Estate Planner

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: It’s often said that a main reason people put off creating an estate plan is because of the difficulty in choosing a guardian for their children. However, that decision is one of the most important estate planning decisions a person must make. This article discusses how to choose the right guardian and what happens if the courts get involved.

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  • Retail comes to health care

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Patients concerned with health care costs increasingly are turning to lower-priced retail clinics. The introduction of such consumerism isn’t necessarily all bad news for hospitals, though. Those that get on board with the trend may actually strengthen their revenues. This article explains why the retail model can be helpful for hospitals and how they can meet patient demand for more convenient and affordable options.

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  • Tax planning for investors: Income vs. growth

    January / February 2018
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Whether one invests for income (dividends and interest), growth (price appreciation) or total return (a combination of income and growth), it’s important to assess the impact of taxes on his or her portfolio. This article examines various tax issues to consider.

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  • Transupport, Inc. v. Commissioner – Court rejects compensation expert’s “result oriented” approach

    November / December 2017
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Perceived independence is critical when it comes to the effectiveness of expert witness testimony. This article discusses a recent case in which the U.S. Tax Court rejected an expert’s testimony on the reasonableness of compensation paid to shareholder-employees, because he’d failed to provide an “independent and objective analysis.” Transupport, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2016-216 (November 23, 2016)

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  • Reductions in force may be warranted; discrimination never is

    September / October 2016
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: The decision in a recent Second Circuit case is instructive for employers that are trying to conduct reductions in force without triggering lawsuits under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Among other things, this article talks about what plaintiffs must provide to establish a prima facie case of discrimination. Friedman v. Swiss Re America Holding Corp., No. 15-1155, Mar. 18, 2016 (2nd Cir.)

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  • Statistics and big data play a supporting role in litigation

    January / February 2016
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Often, the sheer volume of documents, data and transactions involved in commercial litigation makes it difficult to establish causation, quantify losses or calculate damages. Analytical techniques such as statistical and big data analysis can make these tasks more manageable and cost effective. This article explains how computers can analyze extremely large data sets to reveal patterns, trends and associations. It uses a recent case to illustrate how big data analysis helped prove fraud was committed.

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  • Even qualified experts can face admissibility challenges

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Expert / Valuation & Litigation Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Sometimes, even obviously qualified experts using reliable methods can find themselves the subject of challenges to the admissibility of their testimony. This article describes a Michigan case, B & L Development LLC v. City of Norton Shores, involving a property tax assessment. Ultimately, a court of appeals dismissed the city’s overarching contention that a trial court is required to conduct a “searching inquiry” into an expert’s underlying data before admitting the expert’s testimony.

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  • Valuation comparables in a slow market

    January / February 2014
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: The unstable real estate market over the past several years has posed many appraisal challenges. In particular, low purchase prices — often resulting from “distressed” sales — and a relatively small number of transactions in some markets can make it difficult for appraisers to locate comparable transactions (or comps), a critical element in many valuations. But qualified appraisers do have ways of dealing with such situations; this article discusses some of the adjustments they can make.

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  • Six Sigma for construction companies

    Fall 2013
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: “Six Sigma” is a rigorous set of business-improvement practices originally intended for manufacturers and refined by tech giant Motorola in the 1980s. Since then, Six Sigma has been applied to a wide variety of industries — including construction. This article explains the concept and focuses on a particular methodology (DMAIC, or “define, measure, analyze, implement and control”) that contractors are likely to use.

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  • Good timekeeping is always worth your while

    Fall 2013
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Maintaining detailed time records for staff may not be the most enjoyable task, but timekeeping is necessary for most nonprofits. However, there are ways to make the job less onerous. This article offers a number of reasons why timekeeping is critical and notes that there are many ways to track and allocate payroll and related expenses.

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  • Making gifts still matters, even after ATRA

    August / September 2013
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) eliminated much of the uncertainty that plagued estate planning for years by making two key provisions “permanent”: the $5 million gift and estate tax exemption (adjusted annually for inflation) and exemption portability between spouses. But, while ATRA relieves some of the pressure on people to transfer wealth during their lives, lifetime gifting still provides some significant advantages. This article explains how gifting assets now can “freeze” their value and remove future appreciation from one’s estate. It also shows why, all things being equal, paying gift tax is “cheaper” than paying estate tax.

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  • Wealth management programs – How to “carry” a millionaire

    Summer 2012
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: The greatest advantage community banks have over larger banks is their ability to build long-term customer relationships. This article shows how money management services, particularly for those with ample funds to invest, can grow customer relationships while enhancing the revenue stream. It discusses what’s involved in developing a wealth management program, including automated technologies and sufficient staffing.

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  • The perfect exit strategy — Don’t let your clients leave it to chance

    January / February 2012
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: At some point in time, every business owner will retire and either sell his or her ownership interest or leave the company to others. The key to a seamless transfer is to identify an exit strategy that addresses the needs of not only the departing owner, but also the company in question. This article describes the ins and outs of creating an effective exit strategy, and looks at the various legal options available, depending on the owner’s goal for the business.

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  • The installment sale: A viable option for transferring appreciating assets

    April / May 2010
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: For those considering transferring real estate, a family business or other assets they expect to appreciate dramatically in the future, an installment sale may be a viable option. Its benefits include the ability to freeze asset values for estate tax purposes and remove future appreciation from one’s taxable estate. But there are disadvantages, as well. And, due to the possibility of tax law changes in 2010, it will be especially important to consult a professional tax advisor.

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  • Creating a solid investment policy

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Observer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Weak economic fundamentals and volatile financial markets make having a written investment policy more important than ever. This article explains the basic objective of an investment policy: to ensure that an organization’s money works as hard as it can for as long as it can. It also guides organizations through the process of listing objectives and allowable investments, developing policies for accountability and managing extraordinary losses.

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  • Practice builders – Taking the plunge into medical spas

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: To help boost revenue, some physicians are expanding their practices to include minimally invasive, cosmetic medical procedures. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons aren’t the only ones offering these services: Internists, ob/gyns and cardiologists are moving into the market, often providing the services through a separate facility configured as a “medical spa.” This is more than the expansion of an existing practice — it’s a new venture. Therefore, to help ensure its success, you must draft a formal business plan, based on market research and your short- and long-term goals. This article offers some tips.

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