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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Expands Appeal of 529 Plans in Estate Planning

It’s common for grandparents to want to help ensure their grandchildren will get a high quality education. And, along the same lines, they also want the peace of mind that their wealth will be preserved for their children and grandchildren after they’re gone. If you’re facing these challenges, one option…

Make the Holidays Bright for You and Your Loved Ones with Annual Exclusion Gifts

As the holiday season quickly approaches, gift giving will be top of mind. While gifts of electronics, toys and clothes are nice, making tax-free gifts of cash using your annual exclusion is beneficial for both you and your family. Even in a potentially changing estate tax environment, making annual exclusion…

Choice of Entity:  A Benefit Corporation (or b corp)

As of January 1, 2012, California corporations have a new option for organization under the California Corporations Code: the benefit corporation (or what many refer to as a “b corp”). In a traditional corporation, directors and officers owe a fiduciary duty primarily to the shareholders of the corporation. This standard…

Piercing The Corporate Veil – When a Stockholder is Liable for the Obligations of a Corporation

Piercing the Corporate Veil Most Often Occurs in Instances of Fraud or Malfeasance Despite the general rule that stockholders are not personally liable to creditors of a corporation (the operational meaning of “limited liability”), there are specific circumstances where creditors may “pierce the corporate veil” to satisfy corporate obligations by…

Tips on How to Protect Your Common Law Trademark

Many start-ups are interested in protecting their brands, but initially may not have the resources to file trademark registrations with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Trademarks do not have to be registered with the USPTO in order for the trademark to be protected by the owner.  You may have…

8 Tips for Drafting an Online Privacy Policy

If you are starting an online business and collecting information from your users or customers via your website or a mobile application, then you need to draft and implement an online privacy policy. In general, your online privacy policy is your company’s pledge to your customers about how you will…

Edge Case: Nested And Mixed Lists

Nested and mixed lists are an interesting beast. It’s a corner case to make sure that Lists within lists do not break the ordered list numbering order Your list styles go deep enough. Ordered – Unordered – Ordered ordered item ordered item unordered unordered ordered item ordered item ordered item…

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All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she…

Markup: Text Alignment

Default This is a paragraph. It should not have any alignment of any kind. It should just flow like you would normally expect. Nothing fancy. Just straight up text, free flowing, with love. Completely neutral and not picking a side or sitting on the fence. It just is. It just…

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