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Checklist for Protecting Company Trade Secrets

A crucial part of protecting a company’s “crown jewels” or trade secrets is developing and implementing a trade secret protection plan.  A trade secret protection plan should encompass written policies that are made available to all employees and consultants and are discussed with all parties who may have access to…

For unmarried couples, estate planning is indispensable

When married couples neglect to prepare an estate plan, state intestacy laws step in to help provide financial security for the surviving spouse. It may not be the plan they would have designed, but at least it offers some measure of financial security. Unmarried couples, however, have no such backup…

Got Personal Data?

How American Companies can adhere to the European Union’s New Consumer Privacy Regulations on the Worldwide Web In May 2018, the European Union (EU) sent a clear message to the world that it will support and protect the privacy of its citizens on the world wide web with new General…

Have you Made your Burial Wishes Clear?

It may be difficult to consider, but funeral arrangements are a critical component of your estate plan. Failure to clearly communicate your wishes regarding the disposition of your remains can lead to tension, disputes and even litigation among your family members during what is already a difficult time. Address these…

Business Law for Start-Ups ~ KNCO Radio Interview

Virginia was recently interviewed on KNCO radio. You can hear her discuss business law for start-ups with Seth Leishman. Seth is not just a radio show host but a CPA, CFP®, Senior Financial Advisor, partner and part owner of Ostrofe Financial Consultants, in Grass Valley.

Provide for Family Members with Special Needs using an SNT

If you have a child or other family member with a disabling condition that requires long-term care or prevents (or will prevent) him or her from being able to support him- or herself, consider establishing a special needs trust (SNT). Also known as a supplemental needs trust, an SNT allows…

21st Century Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Even though you can’t physically touch digital assets, they’re just as important to include in your estate plan as your material assets. Digital assets may include online bank and brokerage accounts, digital photo galleries, and even email and social media accounts. If you die without addressing these assets in your…

Naming a Minor as Beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy or Retirement Plan can Lead to Unintended Outcomes

A common estate planning mistake is to designate a minor as beneficiary — or contingent beneficiary — of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. While making your young child the beneficiary of such assets may seem like an excellent way to provide for him or her in the case…

4 Estate Planning Techniques for Blended Families

Today, it’s not unusual for a family to include children from prior marriages. These “blended” families can create estate planning complications that may lead to challenges in the courts after your death. Fortunately, you can reduce the chances of family squabbles by using estate planning techniques designed to preserve wealth…

Should You Form an LLC for Your Business?

One of the most important choices an organization will make when forming a new business is which legal structure to choose: limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, corporation, nonprofit, cooperative, etc. The type of business entity that will ultimately be the right fit will depend on a variety of factors…