Business Law

What’s in the CARES Act for small businesses?

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The U.S. Congress has just passed the largest stimulus (nay, “recovery”) bill of all time to help the country weather the COVID-19 crisis — the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the ‘‘CARES Act’’. There’s a lot in here from straight up pork to direct payments to individuals. I’ve been following this process […]

LLCs

Due-on-Sale News: Fannie Mae allows transfers into LLCs

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An enterprising investor on BiggerPockets discovered this useful nugget in the Fannie Mae Servicing Guide from 2017: Section D1-4.1, Information Relating to Transfers of Ownership Applicable to All Mortgage Loans D1-4.1-01, Determining Whether a Transfer of Ownership Is Permitted (11/12/2014) […] D1-4.1-02, Allowable Exemptions Due to the Type of Transfer Unless the previous borrower requests […]

LLCs

What is an operating agreement?

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An LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that outlines the duties, rights and ownership percentage of the all the members who own the LLC. All of the owners must sign this document. It usually sets forth the financial arrangement of the members, how profits and losses are distributed, who has management rights, and what kind of […]

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Cleveland Landlords: Are you compliant?

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Did you know that some of that boilerplate language in your lease might cost you thousands of dollars in a lawsuit brought by your tenant? It can happen to you if you are a landlord in the City of Cleveland. The little known Chapter 375 of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland, Ohio, titled “Landlords and […]

Estate Planning

Trusts for Asset Protection: watch your language

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In the law, what you say can become really important years down the line in a way that couldn’t be foreseen. In this article, I’ll discuss why the help that most of my clients seek — asset protection — can sometimes backfire when the plan actually needs to protect their assets. The “Asset Protection Trust” […]

Estate Planning

Advanced Estate Planning: The A-B Trust

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Today, we will discuss one of the most common estate tax avoidance strategy: the A-B trust, the Family Trust, or the credit shelter trust. Thanks to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2010, many clients won’t require this kind of estate planning anymore, but the A-B Trust still has important and handy uses and should always remain a […]

Estate Planning

The Caveats of Estate Tax Exemption Portability

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Thanks to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2010, the estate tax exemption has been raised to a lofty $5.43 million for 2015, an amount that means that most clients won’t have to worry about the federal estate tax (unless they have a wealthy mindset!) It also fixes a part of the law that previously caused […]