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Do you Own Real Estate in States Other Than New Hampshire? Beware Probate costs!!

Most people do not realize that their estate might have to be probated more than once: once in New Hampshire because they are New Hampshire residents and once again in Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona or wherever they may own real estate. Some of those states can have very expensive Probate costs. Florida law, for example, allows […]

Should You Prepare a Medicaid Application Yourself?

Should you prepare a Medicaid nursing home application yourself or hire an attorney? For some people, it might not make a difference but for others, attempting to file the application without legal help can prove to be financially disastrous. Even worse is letting the nursing home or some non-lawyer “Medicaid Specialist” prepare the application. Medicaid […]

Do It Yourself – LLC Formations

Recently someone posted on a local Facebook site looking for recommendations for an attorney to form a limited liability company for the poster. The initial LLC Formations post got a few recommendations for good local business attorneys. But the post also received lots of advice from folks that told her that she should just go it […]

The Family Vacation Home in Estate Planning

As the season for enjoying our lake or beach property is winding down, the issue of dealing with those properties in an estate plan may arise. The family vacation home is sometimes a very tough estate planning challenge. This is especially true when the beach or lake home has been in the family for years, […]

Make this Estate Planning Move Right Now: Check your Beneficiary Designations

Market Watch recently had an interesting article listing six “”Horror Stories” about beneficiary designations. Often overlooked in estate planning, beneficiary designations can be an extremely important planning tool- or a “Horror Story.” The article can be found HERE. We recommend that all designations be reviewed with your estate planning attorney. This includes IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, brokerage accounts, life insurance policies, annuities […]

Transferring Real Estate to an LLC or other Entity: What about the Real Estate Transfer Tax

For many years, we advised small business clients to purchase real estate to be used in a business after the business was formed. Otherwise, if the real estate was purchased ahead of time in the personal name of the client, and then transferred later to the LLC or corporation, a second real estate transfer tax would be […]

Tips on Buying an Existing Small Business

Starting a small business is risky business. According to the Small Business Administration, only half of new businesses survive past five years. Sometimes an entrepreneur can skip some of the hassles of a new business start-up by Buying an Existing Small Business. Although buying an existing business might be less risky than starting a new […]

The Liability Dangers of a New Hampshire Single Member LLC

Multi-Member vs a Single Member LLC:  Does it Make a Difference? One of the main reasons to form a Limited Liability Company for a business is for asset protection of the individual Members if the LLC incurs a liability- the assets of the company might be at risk but unless the members have signed personal […]

When to Call an Attorney in the Age of Google

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners will spend hours scouring Google, Nolo and Findlaw trying to address their legal issue on their own rather than picking up the phone and contacting their attorney. Sometimes the legal issues are straightforward and Google might send the individual to the site with the correct answer. Other times the […]