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Considerations in Converting a For-Profit into a Nonprofit

  • Mar 14 2017

Business owners may decide to make the switch from a for-profit corporation to a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization when their purpose has shifted from making a profit to furthering a social or charitable cause. There are several factors to consider before making this important decision which include the loss of individual control, primary goals and activities of the corporation and the appropriate method of transition. A nonprofit corporation is a legal entity...

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Why Your Business Needs An Email Policy

  • Feb 28 2017

In the contemporary workplace, email is an essential and efficient form of communication. Whether it’s used internally among staff members, or for exchanges with vendors and customers, email is a necessary business tool. At the same time, misuse of this technology can expose an organization to legal and reputational risks as well as security breaches. For this reason, it is crucial to put a formal email policy in place. First, an email policy should clarify...

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Top 3 Real Estate Tips for Small Businesses

  • Feb 22 2017

By: Roy Schneider, Esq.  The only real estate transaction most small businesses engage in is to enter into a lease for commercial space. Whether you are considering office, manufacturing or retail space, the following three tips will help you navigate the negotiation process so you can avoid costly mistakes. “Base Rent” is Not the Only Rent You Will Pay Most prospective tenants focus their negotiation efforts on the “base rent,” the fixed monthly amount...

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Beware of “Simple” Estate Plans

  • Feb 1 2017

“I just need a simple will.”  It’s a phrase estate planning attorneys hear practically every other day.   From the client’s perspective, there’s no reason to do anything complicated, especially if it might lead to higher legal fees.  Unfortunately, what may appear to be a “simple” estate is all too often rife with complications that, if not addressed during the planning process, can create a nightmare for you and your heirs at some point in...

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Should I Incorporate My Business?

  • Jan 27 2017

By: Theodore Schneider, Esq. The primary advantages of operating as a corporation are liability protection and potential tax savings. Like any important decision, choosing whether to incorporate involves weighing the pros and cons of the various business structures and requires careful research. Once incorporated, the business becomes a separate legal entity, and assets of the corporation are separated from the owner’s personal finances. As a result, the owner’s personal assets (house, cars, savings, investments),...

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Buying Property? Consider How to Hold Title

  • Jan 10 2017

By: Ted Schneider, Esq. You are purchasing a home, and the escrow officer asks, “How do you want to hold title to the property?” In the context of your overall home purchase, this may seem like a small, inconsequential detail; however, this decision is far from trivial. A property can be owned by the same people, yet the way title is held can drastically affect each owner’s rights during their lifetime and upon their...

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The Pitfalls of Hiring a Bankruptcy Petition Preparer

  • Jan 10 2017

By: William Winfield, Esq.  It might sound counter-intuitive, but filing for personal bankruptcy is expensive. Besides paying attorney fees, a debtor must also pay the court costs associated with filing the bankruptcy petition and accompanying documents. Then there are the expenses associated with attending the mandatory pre- and post-filing consumer credit courses. So when presented with the opportunity to save a few bucks by hiring a bankruptcy petition preparer (BPP) to draft your bankruptcy...

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Estate Planning and the New Trump Administration – What Does the Future Look Like?

  • Dec 21 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s tax reform plan includes the elimination of federal transfer taxes. Although this move has been backed by many congressional Republicans, and some Democrats, as well as many in the general public, estate planners and tax advisors are preparing for the possible impact the proposed reform will have on estate planning. Estate planners are preparing for the possible consequences, even though there are still unanswered questions. For example, if the Trump plan...

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Newly Revised Form I-9, Effective January 2017

  • Nov 28 2016

Federal Law requires that employers complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every new employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Department of Homeland Security has updated the I-9 Form effective January 22, 2017. Employers must use the new version, dated 11/14/16. If you have any questions regarding the new Form I-9, please do not hesitate to contact an employment law attorney at Schneider’s & Associates, L.L.P. for advice or counsel.

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Can You Keep Pot Out Of Your Workplace After Proposition 64?

  • Nov 18 2016

California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Prop 64 legalized the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years old and over. Despite the passage of Proposition 64, smoking or ingesting marijuana in public will remain illegal, as will smoking or ingesting marijuana in places where smoking tobacco is prohibited. Similarly, driving under the influence of marijuana will remain unlawful. How will this affect the workplace? Employers need not fret,...

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