Preparing for Tax Season: Last-Minute Checklist

The April 17 tax deadline for 2018 is just around the corner. If you’ve left your tax prep until the last minute, chances are that you’re scrambling to make sure you have everything in order. While there is still enough time left to finish your taxes without error, it’s important that you gather the right […]

What You Should Know About Creating A Power Of Attorney

When everyday people think about whether a power of attorney makes sense for them, it’s often in the context of need. Consider which of these scenarios would constitute a “need” for you.

A: You are scheduled for a significant medical procedure.
B: You recently received a long-term illness diagnosis.
C: You plan on traveling while a home or […]

Understanding Medical Directives

Medical directives or advance directives are documents that plan for your health care in the event that you are are mentally or physically incapacitated and cannot do it yourself. You must be suffering from a terminal condition for them to take effect. Because you have the right to determine end-of-life directives for yourself, you may […]

Cause to Contest a Will

While a Last Will and Testament garners a great deal of respect from friends and loved ones, sometimes they do not accurately reflect that deceased’s wishes. When people are inadvertently left out or the document has stipulations that run contrary to the testator’s known desires, something may be amiss – you may find cause to […]

Preparing your Business for Tax Season

As the year comes to an end, now is the perfect time to get a head start on your business taxes. While personal taxes aren’t due until April 15, 2018, your business taxes must be completed and filed a full month earlier on March 15, 2018. If you’re want to make sure this tax season […]

Preparing for 2018 Tax Changes

In the US, one of the hottest recent topics in politics has centered around tax reform. With the IRS recently releasing several new tax changes for 2018 and the much talked about GOP tax reform, many Americans are worried about how the changes may affect how they file income taxes moving forward. However, if the […]

Protecting Your Estate with Taxation Planning

Most people spend their entire lives working to build a legacy that those they leave behind can enjoy once they’re gone. But in reality, that is often not enough. In addition to building your estate over time, you must also dedicate time to careful estate tax planning to make sure that much of your work […]

Understanding Probate and Probate Litigation

You’ve seen those types of cases where families battle over a deceased loved one’s will on courtroom TV but when it happens in real life, it can be an incredibly painful and stressful ordeal. Not only are families trying to grieve and rebuild their lives after a loss but they must now have those wounds […]

Exemptions Vs. Deductions: What’s the Difference?

The amounts for exemptions and deductions usually change from year to year. Each type of tax savings has its own rules for who may or may not take the exemption or deduction. Exemptions and deductions reduce taxable income and take effect before Line 43, which is your taxable income. Tax credits are figured after Line […]

How Early Should be Filing Taxes?

Some people wait until the last minute to file their tax returns and other want to get it over with as soon as possible, especially those getting a refund. However, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not process any tax returns earlier than the date that it decides to open. Last year, the IRS started […]