Property Taxes: What to Consider

Under California law, local governments are allowed to levy property taxes on real estate assets such as land, buildings, and other structures. Local officials use various factors, such as the size and condition of the property, its location, and its current market value, to assess the property’s value. They then base the property tax on this assessed value. You can challenge that assessment, as discussed in this post

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What You Need to Know About Business Law

Business law is the body of law that controls the rights, relations, obligations, and conduct of individuals and entities engaged in commercial activities, including corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. The primary function of business law is to specify rules and regulations that protect the interests of the parties involved in business transactions, including customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and other owners.

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5 Things to Know When Real Estate Partnerships Go Awry

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Real estate partnerships are no different from any business partnership in that things can go wrong for a variety of reasons. These reasons can include poor communication, misaligned objectives, financial difficulties, and changes in circumstances. Open communication can solve many problems, but if it is determined that the situation requires significant action, an in-person meeting focused on key issues may help to find a resolution. If things are past that point, action may need to include a partnership dissolution. This blog contains some things to consider.

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What to Know About Asset Protection Trusts

The goal of an asset protection trust is to protect your assets from creditors and lawsuits. A trustee (your choice of associates in your circle or yourself) will manage the assets for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries. The manager is under a special fiduciary duty and must account for all spending decisions. They must operate without conflicts.

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The Difference Between a Proprietorship, Partnership, Professional Corporation & Incorporation

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When starting a business, it’s important to understand the differences between the various business structures and organizations. Deciding which business structure works best for you will depend on a variety of factors­– and having an experienced attorney to help guide you through the process is essential. In this post, we’ll look at the differences between incorporation, partnership, proprietorship, and professional corporation, and explain why knowing which works best for you is so important.

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All About a Business Succession Plan

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As a business owner, you know that change is inevitable. From team members and company growth to overhead costs, consumer demands, and all things between, your organization is a dynamic entity – flexibly moving and adjusting as the market shifts over time. You have built a resilient company trusted by employees, investors, and customers. But what happens if you, the leader and visionary, decide it is time to move on? In a perfect world, business succession is a smooth transition where most customers and stakeholders are none the wiser about a significant difference at the top level. However, sometimes the leadership change needs to be sudden, maybe for personal reasons like illness or even death, and how do you ensure operations continue and your assets, family, and stakeholders are well-protected? A business succession plan needs to be in place, ready to be executed when needed. Without one, your security, integrity, company, employees, and investors are all at risk. So, what exactly IS a business succession plan, and what does it entail?

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The Importance of a Business Succession Plan

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It’s often difficult for us to think of the future as individuals, and even harder to think about it in terms of our larger counterparts, such as the businesses that we own and run. This is particularly true if it involves planning for the worst possible outcomes in our future, such as unexpected retirement, potential disability, or untimely death. When you build your own business and watch it flourish from the ground up, it can be disheartening to think of the possibilities of its disbandment or transfer to a new owner.

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