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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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When Real Estate Properties Go Through Probate

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If a family member has named you as the personal representative of their estate, and you are starting the probate process for that estate, friends have probably already started reassuring you that probate is usually formulaic and painless and that, apart from having to pay some bills and taxes from the estate, you will… Read More »

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What Factors Should You Consider When Choosing a Business Entity for Your DC Small Business?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Once you’ve decided to start a business, one of the most challenging next steps is to decide what type of business entity you should form. Most small business owners may consider immediately defaulting to a sole proprietorship since it’s the easiest type of business to form. However, don’t think that just because you are… Read More »

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Common Types of Employee Lawsuits Washington DC Employers May Face

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, there is always a fear of being sued by an employee for violating employment and labor laws. Even small employers can benefit from the services of a Washington DC labor & employment attorney who can sit down and review your current policies and procedures to ensure they comply with all regulations… Read More »

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Should You Open a Payable on Death Bank Account?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

A payable on death (POD) bank account is one that is earmarked, from the beginning, to stay out of probate. “Payable on death” means that, immediately upon the death of the original owner, the beneficiary becomes the new owner of the account and all the money in it. Does it sound too good to… Read More »

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Should You Choose an LLC Business Structure?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you go to a family reunion and tell your cousins that you plan to open a business in the next few months, they will usually ask you what kind of business, and they will expect an answer such as “a bakery,” “a dog grooming service,” or “a yoga studio.” If one of your… Read More »

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