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  • CARES Act relief provisions benefitting individuals

    June / July 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 647

    Abstract: Many Americans are familiar with the “Economic Impact Payments” for individuals provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. But they may be less familiar with other provisions of the CARES Act intended to provide much-needed financial relief. This article highlights several provisions of the act that are potentially useful to individuals.

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  • Can multiple trusts be used to maximize the pass-through deduction?

    July / August 2019
    Newsletter: Estate Planner

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 647

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added Section 199A to the tax code, allowing owners of sole proprietorships and pass-through entities to deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income. Sec. 199A offers valuable tax benefits to business owners, but these benefits may be reduced or eliminated if an owner’s taxable income exceeds certain thresholds. One strategy to qualify for the full deduction is to transfer portions of the business to several trusts for the benefit of one’s heirs, each of whom has income below the applicable threshold. This article details how this strategy works.

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  • Beat it – Heart disease diagnostic method isn’t patent-eligible

    February / March 2018
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Inventors in the pursuit of “personalized medicine” patents were likely discouraged by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in The Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, which involved a diagnostic method. This article reviews the court’s ruling highlighting the difficulty of obtaining patents for such methods. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, No. 16-1766, June 16, 2017, Fed. Cir.

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  • Businesses’ bottom lines to benefit from new tax law

    February / March 2018
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: The December 2017 passage of the largest overhaul of the federal income tax system since 1986 promises to bring many U.S. businesses some dramatic savings. Much has been made of the savings for corporations. The TCJA doesn’t overlook businesses that operate as partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations and sole proprietorships, though. This article reviews several provisions of the new tax law and explains how it will affect businesses going forward.

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  • 3 ways to guard your dealership assets

    Summer 2017
    Newsletter: Auto Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Typically, dealer-owners have worked hard for years to make their dealership a success — and they don’t want an event like an adverse lawsuit settlement to gobble up their assets. Additionally, if their business fails, they don’t want creditors wielding claims on those possessions. This article offers proactive steps to protect assets, such as forming a family limited partnership or setting up a Crummey or offshore trust.

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  • Consider alternative financial metrics – NOI doesn’t tell the whole story

    March / April 2017
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 647

    Abstract: Real estate professionals approach each transaction hoping to achieve the best possible deal. Often, the first metric they’ll assess is the property’s net operating income (NOI). But this won’t be enough for savvy investors. In most cases, investors need to dig deeper to find the property’s highest and best use. This article examines NOI, as well as two alternative financial metrics worth considering: net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR).

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  • Charity begins at home – CRTs and CLTs offer philanthropic and family benefits

    January / February 2017
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) and charitable lead trusts (CLTs) can be very effective in helping people leave money to charity and also benefit family members. This article describes how these “split-interest” trusts work and how they’re useful in estate plans.

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  • Buy-sell agreements help answer the “what-ifs”

    November / December 2015
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 647

    Abstract: Buy-sell agreements can provide a road map for business owners when one of their co-owners voluntarily or involuntarily leaves the company. This article outlines the benefits of having an agreement — such as establishing a price for ownership interests. It also discusses triggering events and how buy-sell agreements typically are structured.

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  • Compensating providers for the value of their work

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: It’s hard to miss news reports discussing the shift in the basis for provider reimbursements from “volume” to “value.” Public (Medicare and Medicaid) and private payers are promoting value-based payment methodologies for physicians and hospitals — including “meaningful use,” “pay-for-performance,” “Accountable Care Organizations,” and “patient-centered medical homes.” This article explains what value means in your practice and how to compensate providers accordingly.

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  • Public works projects – Here’s what you need to know

    Summer 2014
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Public works projects are crucial to the United States economy and to many contractors who are looking for work. But, while such projects can bring in much-needed dollars to a construction business’s coffer, they can also bring in some unwelcome requirements. For example, under the Davis-Bacon Act, federal contractors must pay what’s known as a “prevailing wage.” This article explains this and other state and federal requirements that contractors must heed.

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  • ABCs of HSAs – Learn how an HSA can benefit your estate plan

    April / May 2014
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: One health care arrangement that has been soaring in popularity in recent years has been the pairing of a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA). The good news is that not only is an HSA a viable option to reduce health care costs, but it also can be beneficial to an estate plan because HSA funds grow on a tax-deferred basis. However, as this article explains, it’s important to carefully consider an HSA’s beneficiary designation.

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  • Understanding the ins and outs of subcontractor surety bonds

    Summer 2013
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: It’s dangerous for any subcontractor to assume that he or she is protected by performance or payment bonds. Such bonds are generally required on public projects, under the federal Miller Act or one of the many state-level “Little Miller” acts. But subcontractors still must perform the due diligence needed to confirm that required bonds exist, that they’re valid and sufficient, and that the surety in question is financially stable. This article explains how bonds are different from mechanics’ liens and what to do to ensure adequate payment or performance bonds are in place.

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  • Prescription for profit — Latest technology can reduce costs, enhance patient care

    Winter 2013
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: E-prescribing has been gaining in popularity with physicians, patients and hospitals, for it can boost profitability by reducing both costs and the likelihood of litigation. And it’s likely that it will eventually become mandatory for hospitals. This article shows how e-prescribing improves both accuracy and efficiency. But it also describes a couple of issues that hospitals need to consider before choosing an e-prescribing system.

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  • Tools of the trade — 3 ratios to help you size up borrowers

    June / July 2012
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Financial ratios can be an excellent tool for pinpointing businesses that deserve credit. One popular ratio, return on equity, or ROE, shows how much a company earns for each dollar its owners have invested. But lenders who conduct DuPont analyses gain additional insight by expanding this classic measurement into three underlying components: profit margin, total asset turnover ratio, and a comparison of total assets to equity. This article shows how, even with their limitations, ratios can be a highly useful analytical tool.

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  • The agreement zone – Finding a solution for sale price standoffs

    August / September 2011
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Price stalemates can be frustrating and potentially hazardous to your deal, but they’re also common. If negotiations are handled carefully, a disagreement over price shouldn’t be insurmountable. This article looks at how seller misconceptions and changing market conditions can contribute to price stalemates and how both parties can get closer to what some experts call “the zone of possible agreement.”

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  • Authentication issues: Who creates ESI?

    November / December 2010
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Like all evidence, electronically stored information (ESI) must be authenticated before a court will admit it as evidence, and one of the threshold steps is establishing its owner/creator. Because electronic documents are often passed around to others for revision, it can be difficult to pin down ESI authorship. This article summarizes an industry group’s research that could help attorneys determine whether a piece of ESI will be acceptable in court.

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