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Reopening an Estate in the District of Columbia

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many people named as personal representatives of an estate feel some anxiety about the probate process, just because it is a legal process with which they do not have any experience. Once the estate settles and closes, they often feel a great sense of relief; later on, they might even enjoy comparing stories with… Read More »

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Courts Can Pierce the Corporate Veil to Make LLC Members Pay, but Only in Extreme Cases

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Most successful entrepreneurs have a series of failed business ventures in their past; trial and error are an essential part of the entrepreneurship process, and sometimes the process requires you to close an existing business entity and start over with a new one. If you are new to entrepreneurship, you might be surprised that… Read More »

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Widow of Maryland Novelist Sues Executor of Husband’s Will Over Estate Taxes

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The type of dispute over the estate of a deceased person that attracts the most media attention is the disputes between a wealthy man’s widow and his children from a previous marriage. The tabloid press and its successor, clickbait journalism, often play up the drama of the acrimonious relationship between a stepmother and stepchildren… Read More »

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Maryland Entrepreneur Sues Business Partner for $30 Million

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When two friends go into business together, it can start out like a dream come true, but when business disputes arise between them, and can turn into a nightmare in which they both lose money and each other’s friendship. The last two decades have seen countless young entrepreneurs start Internet-based businesses, to the point… Read More »

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What to Do When You Suspect That a Business Partner Is Stealing from Your Company

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

A business partner does not have to be your best friend, but choosing someone as a partner when forming a company requires a high level of trust. If the business partner betrays your trust by stealing or misusing funds that belong to the business, it can throw your financial plans for the future into… Read More »

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Estate Planning for the Recently Divorced

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you made an estate plan in which you provided generously for your spouse, or one in which you and your spouse mutually agreed to leave more assets to your children from previous marriages than to each other, the news that your spouse wants a divorce probably upends your world even more than it… Read More »

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Which Business Structure Offers You the Best Protection in a Dispute Among Business Partners?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The first step in starting a business is filing for an employer identification number (EIN) for your business; an EIN is like a social security number, except for businesses instead of people. One of the first questions on the EIN application form asks you to choose an entity type, also known as a business… Read More »

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Incentive Trusts: Proceed with Caution

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

You love your children, but they are terrible at managing money. When they were little, you dreamed of the day when they would be financially independent, but now that you are thinking about estate planning, you are starting to realize that the money you planned to leave to your children will be gone in… Read More »

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Changing Your Business Entity Type Requires the Professional Guidance of a Business Lawyer

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many businesses start out in the “see what happens” phase. You start marketing a product or providing a service and see if customers like it. When you go into a business project with a spirit of adventure, you are usually not thinking about details like taxes and legal liability. Consider the bright-eyed aspiring entrepreneurs… Read More »

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Challenging a Will Because of a Testator’s Loss of Mental Faculties

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It is hard to talk to your parents about their inevitable illness and death, even while they are healthy, even when you are just speaking in terms of hypothetical ways that their final years might play out. It is even more difficult when their health is already fragile or they are already suffering from… Read More »

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