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  • Stairway back to court – Erroneous jury instructions trip up copyright verdict

    April / May 2019
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: The 2016 ruling by a trial court in a copyright infringement case over Led Zeppelin’s classic rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven” garnered a lot of attention. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has now sent the case back to the trial court (which ruled in the band’s favor). This article looks at the court’s ruling, which provides some valuable light on how to prove copyright infringement of music in the process. Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, No. 16-56057, Sept. 28, 2018, 9th Cir.

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  • Protect multiple generations with a dynasty trust

    April / May 2017
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Dynasty trusts have nothing to do with the popular soap opera from the 1980s, but everything to do with leaving a lasting legacy. Although this type of trust is often created to reduce estate taxes, it can also provide other benefits and protections for affluent families. Most important: A dynasty trust may last for multiple generations. This article details the tax and nontax benefits of a dynasty trust, with a sidebar answering three questions about these trusts.

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  • Reasonable compensation – IRS job aid offers guidance

    September / October 2016
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: The reasonableness of a business owner’s compensation is an issue in many valuation and litigation contexts. The IRS publication Reasonable Compensation: Job Aid for IRS Valuation Professionals can be a useful resource. This article lists the various situations in which reasonable compensation issues might arise and provides guidance to valuators about which approaches are most effective in those situations.

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  • What secrets might this 1040 tell? Experts look to tax returns in hidden-asset investigations

    September / October 2014
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Business owners involved in divorce or engaged in fraudulent activity have plenty of motivation to manipulate the business’s financial statements for their own ends. But a company’s tax returns aren’t so easy to misrepresent — so they’re one place financial experts look when investigating hidden assets. This article lists the kinds of financial information valuators and others may uncover when examining a company’s tax returns.

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  • Billing and collections – Harnessing best practices in claim denial management

    Fall 2013
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Claim denials are a huge financial drain on physician practices. If nothing is done to reverse a denial, the revenue that it represents is lost to the practice. Fortunately, there are some best practices that can help manage claims denied by payers. This article discusses how to keep a claim “clean” in the first place, how to respond to a claim denial, and how to prevent future denials. A sidebar looks at analyzing data to reveal the root causes of denials.

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  • Rules of the house: The tax ins and outs of refinancing

    September / October 2012
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Many homeowners have come face to face with the issue of refinancing their mortgages in recent years. What they may not have realized, when starting the process, is that they also have to deal with certain tax issues related to the refinancing, such as the impact of a straight replacement loan vs. cash-out refinancing. This article explains those concepts and their tax impact, while also taking a look at the tax treatment of “points.”

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  • The when and what of charitable donations

    Year End 2011
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract:   With one year ending and another beginning, many are considering donating to qualified charities. But there are tax ramifications involved. This article examines the “when” and “what” of charitable giving. It discusses the timing of gifts and the use of charitable remainder trusts, along with the kinds of gifts that might be the most tax advantageous.

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  • The cost of being a member of the Sandwich Generation

    May / June 2011
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: It can be a financial burden for those taking care of their children to also support their aging parents, but tax breaks and insurance may help. This article discusses the adult-dependent tax exemption, and whether Social Security factors into it. It also looks at long-term care insurance and what an individual vs. a group plan offers.

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  • What will an auditor want to know? Meeting 403(b) plan audit requirements

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) rules that kicked in at the start of 2009 require an annual audit of 403(b) retirement plans with 100 or more participants. This article presents questions that auditors are likely to ask in regard to any plan amendments or changes in the plan’s status; reporting and governance; oversight of service providers; and fraud risk factors. A sidebar gives Form 5500 filing deadlines.

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  • Telltale trouble – How to assess if a customer will fail

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: The economy is on the mend, but businesses of all kinds continue to shut their doors. To protect themselves, banks need to identify borrowers that can’t turn themselves around. Identifying strengths will help them predict which of their business-loan customers likely will emerge from the down economy in good shape. And spotting warning signs will help them make the correct lending decisions — even when it means pulling the plug. This article describes both the strengths and weaknesses to look for.

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  • The pros and cons of having nonequity partners

    Winter 2010
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: For many years, law firms were governed by the old “up or out” rule in regard to admission to the partnership. But such inflexibility caused firms to get rid of some highly productive and profitable associates who probably didn’t make partner simply because they weren’t successful rainmakers. In an era in which partners have become more willing to pull up stakes and move their practices to another firm — or aren’t even interested in becoming equity partners at all — many firms have adopted the “two-tier” structure of equity and nonequity partners. However, while the criteria may not be quite as high as for equity partners, it’s still important to select nonequity partners carefully.

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  • Clear and concise fee agreements can minimize billing disputes

    Summer 2009
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Fee agreements are just as important for business reasons as they are for legal reasons. Clear and concise agreements can minimize billing disputes with cost-conscious clients and increase the likelihood your firm will get paid in a timely manner. This article explains the importance of defining the matter and services being handled, your billing process and more.

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  • Are you producing damaging evidence? The implications of electronic metadata

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

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    Abstract: Electronically stored information (ESI) has become one of the most prominent types of litigation evidence. Such records contain critical bits of forensic evidence — or, metadata — that aren’t found in their hard copy counterparts. When parties produce electronic documents, therefore, they also may be producing revealing, even damaging, metadata. Before it begins to gather and review potentially responsive files, the producing party must preserve requested ESI with its metadata. Forensic experts can help by imaging a company’s servers and hard drives before the files are searched and reviewed.

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  • Bridging the gap between public and private firms

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Transactions of public company shares can sometimes represent good benchmarks for appraisers valuing private businesses, but many privately held business owners wonder whether it’s even possible to compare small businesses with large, publicly traded corporations. While the two types of businesses differ significantly, experienced valuation professionals understand the differences — and how to account for them with well-thought-out, supportable adjustments. This article explains the distinctions between the two types of companies and how appraisers can use public market data as a resource to value even the smallest private company.

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  • Financial statement analysis – Don’t value a business without it

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Merely accepting a company’s financial statements at face value can lead to seriously undervaluing or, more likely, overvaluing a business. Often, closely held companies fail to comply with GAAP, and financial data may be shaped to favor the owner’s interests. This article explains how experts review several years of financial statements and make normalizing adjustments such as removing nonrecurring items and adjusting expenses that a potential buyer wouldn’t likely incur. They also look for suspicious trends and relationships.

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  • You protect your patients’ health, but what about their identities?

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Patient medical records include several types of personal, nonclinical information. The records may contain driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, and even bank account and credit card information. Identity thieves are far more interested in those numbers than any clinical information. This article offers practical advice on how to protect your patients’ personal information.

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