Knox Law attorneys publish articles relating to each year's Professional Advisor Symposium topics, some of which are included here.
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Learn how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects business planning and business agreements.
Many passwords are too predictable and follow similar patterns. Use leetspeak, unrelated characters and unfamiliar patterns to strengthen passwords.
Learn how to preserve your best investment with a family corporate governance model, using professional management and independent directors.
Types of elder abuse with respect to financial scams, fraud and identity theft. Tips for protections and prevention of elder financial abuse.
Brief overview of, and issues of privacy and security in cloud computing. Top 12 Current Cloud Security Threats.
Highlights the major issues to consider when acting as trustee for yourself or someone else, including living trusts (revocable trusts) and irrevocable trusts, trust administration issues, and more.
Reviews the definition, types, uses and funding of grantor trusts. Specific provisions are reviewed, as well as drafting tips and tax implications.
What to consider when buying or selling a business, including research & preparation, deal structures, price considerations, payments, due diligence, closing & settlement, and more.
The assets of a business can be purchased out of bankruptcy, free and clear of liens, as a going-concern or in-bulk, even after the business has been terminated.
Discusses "rainy day trusts" or spousal lifetime access trusts (SLATs) and why many spouses should consider nonreciprocal lifetime credit shelter trusts.
Explains the formal estate administration (probate) process and typical methods used to avoid it; discusses benefits, limitations and drawbacks of probate avoidance.
Explores how even the simple aspects of business, financial and estate planning can be frustrated by facts, interpretation, and misunderstanding. Are Incomplete Beneficiary Designations Effective? Must Wills Be Signed and Witnessed? Do Joint Bank Accounts Transfer to Surviving Joint Owner Upon Death? Does a Limited Liability Company Protect Your Assets from a Judgment Creditor? Are Real Property Transfers to Trusts Subject to Transfer Tax? Is Consideration Necessary to Create a Binding Contract? Can a Majority Shareholder Unilaterally Control His/Her Company? Can I Be Confident That a Choice of Forum Clause in My Agreements Means I Get to Litigate in My Home Forum?
Business Contracts: I Read the Fine Print... So Should You - on commercial contracts, purchase orders and more.
Understand the current tax law relative to retaining indirect control over assets, strategies for modifying existing irrevocable trusts, and the IRS's increasing concern about these strategies.