Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples is Essential 

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Marriage isn’t what it used to be. Marriage rates have fallen and, according to the U.S. Census Bureauthe number of U.S. adults in cohabitating, but not married, relationships has risen 29% since 2007. The law favors marriage heavily when it comes to managing assets, so it is essential that unmarried couples organize their assets in case of sudden incapacitation or death. Below are some tips to consider when thinking about estate planning for unmarried couples.

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How to Give Employees Equity in a Start Up

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Starting a new business is a risk for both the ownership group and potential employees. It may be difficult to ask for a commitment from employees when there is no guarantee their jobs will be there long term. One way to provide an incentive for high performing talent is to issue equity, or ownership, in the company. Here are some items to think about how to give employees equity in a start-up. Continue reading

Florida Reduces Sales Tax for Commercial Rent

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Florida sales tax commercial rent blog

As of January 1, 2020, the Florida legislature reduced the state commercial rental tax from 5.7% to 5.5%. This adjustment affects the sales tax that commercial real estate owners charge and receive from tenants including commercial office space, retail, warehouses and specific self-storage units. Note that it only applies for rental periods that begin on or after January 1, 2020.

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The Pitfalls of a “Do-It-Yourself” Will Kit

The Pitfalls of a “Do-It-Yourself” Will Kit

Do-it-yourself (DIY) will kits are becoming more common every day. Thousands of people have flocked to websites offering a quick, easy and affordable will and testament. It sounds simple enough- a will that you can create on your own without the need for a lawyer. However, the peace of mind that you should have after signing your DIY will kit may be fool’s gold- if you even remember to sign it.

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The Basics of Business Partnerships

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Starting business partnerships can be an exciting time. You can be your own boss, set your own schedule and work with people that you choose to work with. In the beginning, it may seem like developing documentation for you and your partners may be unnecessary, but that “high” that you are on can quickly change when there is a change of heart in the leadership team or there is a large dispute about the direction of the business. When you enter into a business partnership, you are setting rules in place to work together that protect all parties when an inevitable dispute arises.

It’s best to know what your options are when setting up a partnership for your business. Below are brief outlines of the primary types of business partnerships.

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