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11 Reasons Everyone Needs a Power of Attorney

Posted by Sivia Law on Jan 16, 2019 11:45:00 AM


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Topics: attorney

3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Starting a Business

Posted by Sivia Law on Sep 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM


When starting your own business, it can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. However, the road to success is not always an easy one. There are innumerable hurdles that might keep coming your way. A study found that the failure rate of companies, even after five years is 50 percent.

The good news is that you can still learn effective entrepreneurial skills from the mistakes of others. Here are some of the most common mistakes that startups make that you should avoid.

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Topics: Business Law, St. Louis Law Firm, attorney

Why "Back to School" Time is "Estate Planning" Time

Posted by Sivia Law on Aug 29, 2018 1:30:00 PM

A columnist for Forbes recently posted a story about the back to school shopping frenzy. Back to school shopping can generate huge revenues, like that of Christmas season, with all the necessary clothing and supplies that are needed. For me as an estate planning attorney, the back-to-school season signals an important reminder. Speaking to all parents: this is the perfect opportunity to see that your children are included in your estate plan. If they are not currently apart of your plan, this is time to talk to an estate planning attorney! Here are a few options to figure in children to a complete estate plan.

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Topics: estate planning, Estate planning lawyer IL, attorney

Is Deeding Property Protection Against Estate Tax?

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on Jun 30, 2015 12:49:03 PM
Todd Sivia
Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services


Estate Planning is a topic no one wants to think about. But, unfortunately, estate planning requires a lot of thinking and careful preparation. Often, a seemingly harmless act has catastrophic, rippling effects on other family members. For example, aging parents are looking for ways to protect their children’s inheritance from probate or estate taxes. Unfortunately, all to often parents are deeding their homes to their children, thinking it is a less expensive and easy way to transfer ownership. However, there are several reasons to avoid this alternative.

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Three Myths About Wills & Guns

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on May 18, 2015 12:01:47 PM
Todd Sivia
Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services


I have written estate plans for a lot of gun owners and I find that they are surprised to learn that transferring a gun is a lot different than willing other forms of personal property. Therefore, I feel it is important to address a few of the myths surrounding the passing down of firearms.

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