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Small Asset Estate Planning Options

By Larry E. Bray |

Individuals with small assets who are seeking estate planning options usually have a false misconception that estate planning is not for them.  However, this way of thinking is flawed.  On the contrary, estate planning is a wise decision no matter the size of the estate or the dollar amount associated with it.  Individuals with… Read More »

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Understand These Concepts Before Signing a Commercial Easement Agreement

By Larry E. Bray |

A commercial easement, like a normal easement, is a legal right of way given by one property owner to the other for commercial purposes.  An easement can serve many purposes in the realm of commercial needs.  One easement can allow work trucks of one business to pass through the property of another business for… Read More »

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Legal Considerations When Leaving Money for the Care of Pets

By Larry E. Bray |

There are many individuals who are interested in leaving money for the care and upkeep of their beloved pets. That is why the idea of pet trusts and pet care conveyances are recognized in the realm of estate planning. To accomplish this requires specialized knowledge and certainly requires attorney involvement. These are subtle nuances… Read More »

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Facing Foreclosure? Consider a Mortgage Loan Modification

By Larry E. Bray |

Every year, countless individuals and families face the risk of foreclosure due to delinquent mortgage payments.  A risk of foreclosure does not mean homeowners have to succumb to foreclosure.  Homeowners do have options in the event of foreclosure.  These options are available at different stages after a home mortgage becomes delinquent.  Homeowners should not… Read More »

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Three Reasons Why Small Businesses Need to Retain an In-House Counsel

By Larry E. Bray |

Owning a small business means dealing with all the legalities that arise from the day-to-day operation of the business. The owners of larger companies and corporations are in many ways insulated from minor legal questions having to do with running a business. These include issues revolving around employees, minor contracts as well as small… Read More »

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Ways to Minimize the Impact of Estate Taxes

By Larry E. Bray |

The passing of a loved one can be stressful enough when relatives have to both grieve and settle the affairs of the deceased. One of these considerations is the payment of estate taxes (also known as death taxes). An estate tax is the taxation of all the property held by an individual at the… Read More »

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The Importance of Seeking Legal Review Before Signing a Contract

By Larry E. Bray |

When two parties come together to contract, the best possible practice is to involve a lawyer. Although contracts are made every day amongst individuals (both verbal and written contracts), it is wise to get it in writing where there is much at stake to lose. To non-attorneys, a contract may appear as a simple… Read More »

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Debt Recovery for Small Businesses

By Larry E. Bray |

Small businesses have an important decision to make when faced with options to obtain money that is owed. Depending on the business, debt recovery may or may not be the best option. To arrive at this decision, the company has to weigh many factors including the amount owed, the cost of the debt recovery… Read More »

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Probating a Foreign Will in Florida

By Larry E. Bray |

When a will is written, the assumption is that the property contemplated in the will is simply transferred to the beneficiary without any other formalities required. First, the will must go through a probate court depending on where the decedent resided upon his or her death. The executor of the will must petition a… Read More »

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Due Diligence Considerations When Buying a Business

By Larry E. Bray |

Due Diligence Reviews   Conducting a thorough due diligence review when entering into a business purchase transaction is imperative. Due diligence activities include investigations into the business’ financial statements, debts and assets, intellectual property, etc. There is no one due diligence activity that is more important than another. The key is to perform all… Read More »

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