A Health Care Surrogate/Health Care Power of Attorney document allows a person you name to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. If you do not have this document, and are unable to make decisions for yourself, you may need to have a legal guardian appointed by the Court […]
In step with the sharp decline in taxable estates, there is a surge in the numbers of estate tax returns being audited. As the estate tax exemption amount has risen, the number of returns filed has declined, significantly increasing the chance that those returns filed will be audited. In 2000, 2.2 percent of deceased adults […]
On July 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had finalized a regulation that provides greater flexibility for employers to electronically sign and store I-9 forms, which are used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to verify employment. The Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on July 22nd […]
Aggressive gifting is a very popular estate planning trend this year. The current gift tax law provides an incentive to individuals “to gift” because the tax rate, which is now 35 percent is scheduled to increase to 55 percent on January 1, 2011. The highest estate tax rate is also scheduled to increase to 55 […]
1. Choose the correct business entity. You need to ensure that you are operating your business through the correct entity.
It is important for companies to work with their insurance brokers at each annual renewal to reassess the limits on property and liability policies.
Social networking has become one of the most effective marketing and branding tools available, and by all indications the use of social networking in this context will continue to grow.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (“USCIS”) most recent update, provided on June 25, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 23,500 H-1B petitions subject to the 65,000 annual cap. Additionally, USCIS has received approximately 10,000 petitions for foreign workers with advanced degrees, (Master’s degrees or higher) from U.S. institutions, subject to the 20,000 […]
Under Florida law, employers are required to pay employees the state minimum wage rate for all hours worked unless, the federal minimum wage becomes higher than the state rate or the employee is a “tipped employee.” A “tipped employee” is one who customarily and regularly receives more than $30 per month in tips. Under both […]
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government nationalized the nation’s airport security. But now critics – namely, Fox Business Network host John Stossel – are calling for the government to privative the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Stossell, who came to fame in many of his on-air, libertarian-skewed pieces on ABC’s news magazine […]