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There are numerous considerations when contemplating making gifts to minor children. Outright gifts are frowned upon because, under the eyes of the law, children are under a legal disability, which means that they do not have the legal capacity to administer property. That means that a guardian is necessary to hold or manage property for a minor child. Without some planning, it may be necessary for a court to appoint that guardian- a process that may outweigh any benefits of making the gift to a minor child in the first place....

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Every business owner thinks about how his or her company will grow from a small entrepreneurial idea, to a budding business, to something sustainable and long-lasting. Employees are almost certainly part of that process. But, for many small business owners, employment law is a complex web of seemingly endless laws and regulations which can easily trip up even the savviest and cautious business owner leading to unwanted and often costly consequences. So what’s a small business owner to do? Well, a few things come to mind. First, do some research and become familiar with the potential issues...

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LLCs are all the rage these days, but did you know that even without formally forming a business, like an LLC or corporation, you may very well be operating a business without even considering it as a business. For example, do you have an Etsy shop? Cut the neighbors’ lawns around the neighborhood? Sell things on eBay? Babysit? Do freelance writing? If so, you have a business, and it’s called a sole proprietorship. It’s the simplest and by far the most common type of business structure used to start a business, and it...

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Retirement accounts, like IRAs, Roth IRAs and 401(k)s are often some of the most substantial assets that people own, so it’s essential to consider them when doing your estate planning. Failure to plan for these assets or poor planning can lead to a number of unintended and potentially devastating consequences.


Retirement accounts do not pass through an individual’s will or...

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Wow! So, as I was browsing Google the other night-as I do from time to time to make sure that The Virtual Attorney is being appropriately represented in the ether- I came across this.

That happens to be the very first press release I ever sent out telling the world that we're open for business. While "the firm" existed prior to that, I consider April 16th, 2012 as the date it became official...

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>     It is now illegal in Wisconsin to post a sexually explicit image of someone on the Internet without their knowledge as the state legislature follows a number of other states in passing a “Revenger Porn” law.

>     Lawyers representing five former fraternity members charged following the 2012 death of a pledge are hoping to convince a judge...

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