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Could Divorce Wreck Your Business?

Approximately 40% of marriages inAmericaend in divorce… Yet, when we start a business, how many of us really think ahead to what a potential divorce could do to our business? A divorce can have many of the same ill effects on your business that your death or disability would have. The best way to avoid these consequences is to plan ahead. Here are a few things to think about: 1.         Do You Live in a Community Read More

Five High Priority Issues for Small Business in 2011

Everyone anticipated the start of 2011 as being a year of “big changes”. Estate tax issues… Whether or not the Bush era tax cuts would be continued… Healthcare legislation… But here are few issues that didn’t get as much press but should take top priority when deciding how your small business will operate this year. 1.         Unemployment Insurance Rates and Changes Unemployment insurance funding in your state may Read More

Saving Your Heirs From Themselves

You’ve worked hard for your money... You’ve made some good investments and lived well within your means... You want to leave as much as possible to your heirs but... That grandson has a serious snowboarding addiction... Or maybe your daughter is just crazy about her new husband and the guy hasn’t had a steady job since he mowed yards in eighth grade... You don’t want to disinherit them but how do you save them Read More

Money Savings Tips for Your Small Business

January is a great time to take a look at how your small business spends money. And as long as you’re looking at how you spend it, you might as well look at how to preserve some. Those small saving steps can add up to serious cash over the course of the next twelve months. Here are some tips on how your small business can easily save substantial money over the coming year: 1.      Negotiate In case you hadn’t Read More

Interviewing Your Financial Planner

It’s a new year - time to get the financial house in order. But with all the bad news about crooked investment counselors and dishonest financial planners, you may be more than a little hesitant to trust someone with your life savings. If you want to hire a professional to handle your portfolio, you need to do what folks in the legal trade call “due diligence”. You need to do your homework and interview the Read More

What Business Owners Need To Know About The New Tax Law

After much twisting of arms and gnashing of teeth, Congress took action on the tax issue… On December 16, 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 was passed. As with any legislation there are hundreds of pages and thousands of words but, in a nutshell, this is how the legislation will affect you and your business: Tax Rates The current tax rates of 10, 25, 28, 33 Read More

The Straight Scoop on the New Tax Law and Your Estate Plan

Tax laws are confusing on a good day… What you can deduct… What you have to claim… And with all the recent changes to the laws, it’s almost impossible to know if you’re doing the right thing. We’re hoping this will help. Here’s the straight scoop on how the new federal tax law affects your estate plan (Important Note: these are changes to the federal tax laws – Massachusetts tax laws, including the Massachusetts Read More

Is Your Website Compliant with COPPA?

Here’s an interesting statistic for you… Did you know that in theUnited States, 92% of all children have an online presence by age two? That means that they will have an online “history” for most of their lives. Pretty startling, isn’t it? Fortunately, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is there to protect children in their online activities. As a business owner, you are responsible for making Read More

Protecting Your Child’s Identity

The holidays are upon us, and unfortunately, so are the opportunities for being victims of fraud. Most of us are savvy enough to know we should shred our credit card bills and anything else with identifying information on it. But have you thought about protecting your child’s identity? Child identity theft is a fairly new problem but it’s happening more and more. And according to the FTC, 5% of the victims were Read More

Simple Legal Tips For A Successful Small Business

Every entrepreneur has a dream… Independence – both financial and personal… Providing a good life for their family… Grabbing their little piece of the American Dream… With the head in the clouds dreaming, it’s easy to forget some simple legal steps you can take to get your business off to a good start and provide a firm foundation for the business as it grows. When you’re starting your business, keep these five Read More