Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary Helping Parents Protect The People They Love The Most

Acton, MA - September 18, 2018 - The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, a boutique estate planning law firm based in Acton, announced its 20th anniversary this week. Originally founded in 1998 by Attorney David Feakes as Feakes Associates, The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm offers estate planning services exclusively, with a special focus on working with families with young children. “As a Dad myself, I believe Read More

3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

Your ideas aren't worth anything if you don't get them out there into the world. I come across a lot of entrepreneurs who are afraid that if they talk about their idea, it'll get stolen and so they keep it under wraps and don't capitalize on it. Here are three legal tools you can use to protect your ideas - with the oversight of a Creative Business Lawyer™: Non-disclosure agreement. If you need to share your vision Read More

Immigration Bill May Have Big Impact on Small Business

The immigration bill introduced by the "Gang of Eight" - a bipartisan collective of U.S. senators - contains recommendations on a number of measures, including the beefing up of border security and visa reform. The proposed legislation also contains some new policies that could have a big impact on small businesses, especially start-ups. Here's why: Increases the number of H1-B visas for highly skilled workers - Read More

Online Sales Tax May Soon Be Reality

A new piece of federal legislation known as the Marketplace Fairness Act has passed the Senate and is now awaiting a House vote that most politicos expect to pass as well. If the bill becomes law, and your business conducts business over the Internet, you will be expected to collect taxes on all purchases and pay the state accordingly. Currently, businesses that sell online, by phone or by mail already collect state Read More

A Guide to the Disposition of Your Digital Assets

On April 11, Google introduced its Inactive Account Manager, which allows users to make a choice to either delete their data after a pre-determined length of account inactivity or to name heirs for the data from some of its most popular services, including +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Many small business owners Read More

Is That a Real Employee or a Common-Law Employee?

The IRS and the Department of Labor are cracking down on businesses that use contractors but treat them like real employees - or, as the IRS calls them, "common-law employees." Before you misclassify that contractor, ask yourself these 5 questions: Do you control the work? If you direct how and where and at what time someone works for you, then the government say you have an employee, not a contractor. Do you Read More

Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Hits Logical Speed Bump

A logistical speed bump is going to delay the number of insurance plan options for small businesses under Obamacare for at least a year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now proposing that small businesses have only one insurance plan option to offer employees starting in 2014 instead of the multiple options that were part of the original plan - a Read More

A Legal Checklist for Starting Your Own Business

Whether you are already a small business owner or the entrepreneurial spirit has grabbed you by the collar and you plan to get your startup off the ground this year, there are certain legal aspects to operating a small business that you just can't ignore (and we know you want to). Ignoring the legalities of running a business can lead to some very costly consequences. A Creative Business Lawyer™ can help you cover Read More

5 Tax Tips for Small Business

According to SBA data, more than 79 percent of small businesses have no employees - meaning that a majority of small business owners are doing it all. And when tax season rolls around, it can mean plenty of stress for owners of small businesses. A recent Washington Post column provided these five tax season tips for small business owners: Track all itemized deductions, including assets. Thanks to Section 179, Read More

Small Business Tax Reform Proposal Contains Drastic Changes

Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and one of Congress’ top tax lawmakers, has released his proposal for small business tax reform and it contains a number of drastic changes to the current code. A Forbes article takes an in-depth look at the proposal: Section 179 Expenses.  Permanently expand Section 179 expensing to allow business owners to deduct the cost of up to Read More