Five Reasons Business Owners Need Estate Plans


Business owners are notorious for engrossing themselves in the day-to-day management and functions of their businesses. As a business owner, you are likely the heart and soul of the company you lead, as you have built unique relationships with your customers, employees, contractors, and suppliers.

As we all know, life is often unpredictable. Imagine that tragedy strikes and you, as the business owner, are in a car accident and are severely injured or killed, which leaves you unable to make decisions or care for yourself and your family. What will happen to your business in such a situation? Who will take over your role? We do not know what tomorrow holds. Circumstances like this can happen to...


How Refinancing a Property Can Affect Your Estate Plan


The mortgage business is booming in many parts of the country. Low interest rates have created an almost frenzied environment with homeowners scrambling to refinance their home loans at these low interest rates. Even a few tenths of a percentage point of interest, over thirty years, can make a massive difference in the amount of interest that is ultimately paid on a loan. For many, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of these interest rates. Aside from the transaction fees associated with refinancing, there is frequently little to no downside to refinancing in times like these.

However, one often overlooked consideration is the impact that refinancing your home could have on your esta...


Considerations for Forming a Limited Liability Company for Real Estate


For individuals who own real estate, it is important to consider the best way to structure your ownership. When you are just starting out as an investor in real estate, you may hold title to the real estate personally, but that may not be the most advantageous method of ownership. Another option is to create a limited liability company (LLC) for your real estate ventures. An LLC is a type of legal business structure organized under your state’s law.

There are many important considerations to keep in mind as you decide whether to form an LLC to hold your real estate. Here are a few things to think about to help you make the best decision for your unique circumstances.

1. Liability. One ...