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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Mediation

When I recommend mediation to my clients, they often react with surprise, assuming the process will be nothing more than an expensive waste of time.  They believe that the inability of the parties to settle a case on their own with the assistance of competent counsel means that dedicating any time and resources to a Read More

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What’s Good for the Goose… Part 3a – Stock Purchase, the Seller’s Perspective

  In Part 3a of our series “The Components of a Business Purchase and Sale from the Buyer’s and Seller’s Perspective” we will discuss the advantages and potential disadvantages of a stock sale from the buyer’s perspective.  In a stock sale (or in the event of a limited liability company, a membership interest sale (both Read More

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Fired Up: Avoid These Mistakes When Terminating “At Will” Employees

If you own a small business, you likely do not have the luxury of employing a designated human resource manager, leaving you with the unpleasant task of terminating employees. Avoiding several key mistakes can make the situation less stressful, and help avoid future unemployment claims. Texas is an “at will” employment state which means you Read More

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Estate Planning for Life – Not an Oxymoron

When most people think of estate planning they typically think wills, trusts and death.  However, the actuality is that one of the major focuses of good estate planning is for incapacity during a client’s lifetime.  I take a very educational approach to my consultations and I am always pleased when we reach the end of Read More

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Estate Planning: Planning to Protect Inherited Retirement Accounts

For many years, people that inherited their parent’s retirement accounts believed those funds would be protected from creditor claims just like their own retirement accounts are protected from creditor claims.  However, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that concept in 2014.[1]  In Clark v. Rameker, the Supreme Court ruled that the beneficiary’s inherited IRA was subject Read More

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