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You Deserve A Break! Relaxation Tips for Caregivers

Posted by Sivia Law on Nov 14, 2018 11:45:00 AM




Caring for others can be stimulating and inspirational on the best of days, but stressful and draining on the worst. Even typical days can leave you giving so much to others that you forget to keep a reserve for yourself. When the tank is empty and stress takes over, making small changes to your daily routine can make a huge difference. Follow these relaxation tips to give you back your peace of mind, body, and soul!

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Employing People With Disabilities: A Nice Thing to Do?

Posted by Sivia Law on Nov 7, 2018 11:45:00 AM


Is employing people with disabilities a nice thing to do? Before we answer that question, let’s look at some statistics regarding disabled people. Disabled people make up 19 percent of the U.S. population. 54 million people in the U.S. are disabled. Eighty percent of this population is unemployed. This equates to 44 million people with disabilities who are unemployed.

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Topics: disabilities

Top Tips For Preparing a Personal Injury Case

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 31, 2018 11:45:00 AM



If you have been involved in an accident, and you think you may have a valid PI case, your actions immediately following the incident can have a critical impact on the outcome of your case. Even if you are unsure if you want to pursue legal action, I recommend following these few simple steps and protect yourself—just in case.

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Topics: personal injury

Have An IRA? Protect It With An IRA Trust

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 24, 2018 11:45:00 AM



The IRA Trust is a stand-alone trust that would be the beneficiary of an IRA, and will satisfy all of the regulations related to the distribution of IRAs and retirement benefits. This tool provides beneficiaries the ability to take advantage of their inherited benefits over their lifetime, maximizing the return on your investments.

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Topics: IRA

How to Avoid Estate Tax

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM


For most Americans, they are not affected by estate taxes but those who are planning on leaving millions of dollars upon their demise, it is important to understand the recent changes to the federal estate tax laws. Thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 (ATRA), estates that are below an inflation-adjusted threshold amount will not be the subject to the federal estate tax. Spouses are now able to combine their tax credits, giving a surviving spouse the ability to use his or her deceased spouses unused credits, in addition to his or her own credits, to pass on up to 10.90 million at death. Before estate planning, its important to consult with an estate planning professional to make sure your plans unfold according to your intentions and to save as much on estate taxes as possible.

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Topics: estate tax

It's Estate Planning Awareness Week! Get started today!

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 16, 2018 10:04:00 AM


Spare your loved ones the hassle and have peace of mind. What are some of the most important things you can do now? Here is a handy checklist!

1.) Gather important Documents & Contact Information - Property deeds, vehicle titles, official certificates (birth, marriage, etc.), etc. You need to gather & keep these in an easy to access location. 

2.) Execute a Last Will & Testament [Get started now]

3.) Complete Advance Directives or a Living Will - This would be your preference on treatment should you be incapacitated.Issues addressed include breathing tubes, feeding tubes, and other life-sustaining medical treatments.

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Topics: special needs, Will, Living Trust, estate tax, elder law, Estate Planning

Five Retirement Planning Mistakes Made by Small Business Sellers

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 10, 2018 11:45:00 AM


There is a common problem for business owners when selling their assets. What price, To whom? How long will the sale take? What contingencies? Advisory teams are normally the most important decision a business owner will make. A good group of advisers often includes an accountant, a merger and acquisition adviser, a business advisory board, a business attorney, a private equity company adviser, and investment banker, a commercial banker and a personal wealth management team. Even experienced advisers may overlook some long-term issues because of their focus on closing a sale.

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Topics: retirement planning

Don't believe These Myths About Selling Your Business

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 3, 2018 11:45:00 AM



When successfully selling your business, you should be educated with the process. Beginning the process, you should surround yourself with professional experts including business brokers or agents which help to lead you along the way. There are many myths about selling a business and some may cause a deal to fall through.

Stay alert and be aware of the common misconceptions related to the process of selling your business.

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Topics: selling

C Corp vs. S Corp

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 3, 2018 11:15:00 AM


One of the most common options business owners evaluate is whether to form a C Corporation or an S Corporation. The choice depends on your business goals.

C Corporation vs. S Corporation

Similarities: The C Corporation is the standard corporation, while the S corporation has a special tax status with the IRS. It is defined in Subchapter S of the internal Revenue Code. To choose S corporation status when forming a corporation, Form 2553 must be filed with the IRS and all S corporation guidelines met. C corporations and S corporations share some of the same qualities.

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Topics: corporation

Drastic Changes to VA Benefits Call for Immediate Action

Posted by Sivia Law on Sep 27, 2018 1:05:48 PM


We wanted to share the drastic updates that will impact senior veterans pension plans. These changes go into effect on October 18th! . 

On September 18, the Veterans Administration (VA) published new rules that make it more difficult to qualify for VA Benefits!

A look-back period & set asset limit will take effect on October 18, 2018. A VA pension can provide some level of income security for wartime Veterans and their survivors. These changes will impact your eligibility for these much-needed benefits and it’s crucial to pursue VA pension planning before the 18th.

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