Family Disputes Articles

Guardianship Planning – A Family Affair

By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. and Jodi G. Wilson, J.D., M.A., C.C.C./SPL (Don´t bother to read this if you want to leave your children´s future to chance!) Planning For The Guardianship Of Your Children Since you are reading, you must understand the importance of planning for the future of your children. Every parent cares […]

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Business Law Articles

Hiring Freelancers

Hiring Freelancers How to treat freelancers as independent contractors, so you won’t be liable for their payroll taxes and healthcare benefits By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. and David M. Freedman In the 1990s, Microsoft Corp. supplemented its workforce by hiring “freelance” computer programmers. The freelancers signed agreements when they were hired, stipulating that they would […]

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Real Estate Articles

Property Inspections And Disclosures

Before you buy a home, understand the seller’s obligation to disclose defects, and your right to inspect. By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. In many cases, people are so in love with a house or condo, and they’re so eager to sign a contract and close the sale, that they gloss over the property inspection […]

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Estate Planning Articles

When to Review Your Estate Plan

Events That Should Call For A Review Your Estate Plan Certain landmark events should trigger a review of your estate plan, and maybe a revision By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. Contrary to what many people believe about their estate plan, they are not meant to be signed, witnessed, notarized, placed in a drawer, and […]

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The ABCs of Michael Jackson´s Will

The ABCs of Michael Jackson´s Will By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. For the past several months we all have been witness to the drama surrounding the death of Michael Jackson. His personal life, played out on the public stage, was by any reasonable standards as bizarre as it was tragic. However, notwithstanding his failings […]

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A Checklist for Life’s Only Certainty

A Checklist for Life’s Only Certainty Planning ahead can bring comfort when a loved one is dying Hopefully you won’t need this checklist soon, but keep it in a safe place — you will need it someday By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. When a loved one is gravely ill or suffers a life-threatening injury, […]

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Baby Boomers: Do Your Parents Have an Estate Plan?

By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. and David Lansky, PhD. Baby Boomer Joe McGill (not his real name) loved his parents, and when they died, Joe and his sister grieved. The fact that his parents left their estate in a chaotic mess didn´t diminish Joe´s affection for them, but it did cost him and his […]

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Charitable Donation Strategies

The Right Charitable Donation Strategy For Giving Can Stop The IRS From Taking By Alan G. Orlowsky, J.D., C.P.A. “Charity begins at home” is an appropriate maxim for most people who are struggling to raise their children, support their families, and save for their retirement. But for those who are fortunate enough to have the […]

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