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Showing 9 posts from February 2015.

Be Wary of Estate Tax Provisions in the Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

It's time to call your estate and financial planners - new tax provisions in the proposed FY 2016 budget once again show the specter of potentially brutal taxes at death for the moderately wealthy. While these taxes exist only in the proposal stage for now and have to pass through the gauntlet of an opposition Congress, it's never too early to take a look at your estate and plan ahead. More >

Pharmaceutical uses acquisition to make itself more competitive

For companies looking to become more competitive in the marketplace, maintaining a lookout for potentially valuable acquisitions is an important task. Acquisitions, when entered into strategically and with proper legal guidance, can help a company to enhance its offerings and become more competitive. In industries where innovation is critical to success, buying out competitors can be a smart move. More >

Publicly traded companies and the task of succession planning

As we’ve pointed out in previous posts on this blog, succession planning is an important task for every company to ensure its success during and after times of transition. A common theme in all effective succession planning is that it has to be started sooner rather than later and to remain and ongoing task. This is just as true for publicly traded companies as it is for closely-held companies. More >

The Individual Taxpayer Implications of the Tax Extenders in H.R. 5771

Every year for the past several years, Congress has passed a series of what are referred to as "tax extenders" - reinstatements of tax deductions and credits that have expired before the current tax year. It did so again in 2014, renewing several key tax breaks for individuals that apply exclusively to the 2014 tax year. More >

Bankruptcy doesn’t have to be a defeat, but can be a new beginning

Last week, electronics chain Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy following decline in its wireless offerings and struggles to keep up with online shopping. The company reportedly plans to close at least 1,784 locations across the country by the end of March. In Lexington, several Radio Shack stores will be closing, two by the end of February and one in late March. More >

Stock and Asset Sales: Preliminary Agreements

Prior posts discussed the basic advantages and disadvantages of structuring a sale of a business as a stock sale or an asset sale, as well as the initial considerations in agreeing to structure a sale as an asset purchase. This series will continue to expand on these types of sales with the next step in the process, the documents by which these sales begin. More >

Floating or Fixed Rates: Considerations in Choosing a Commercial Real Estate Mortgage

When financing a commercial real estate purchase, the devil finds its way into the details in surprising ways. One of the details that can provide a fair amount of headache for developers and investors is the decision to choose either a fixed or a floating mortgage rate. There are, obviously, risks and rewards to each, and there may be times when the safest bet isn't always the best one. More >

Letters of intent in construction project negotiations

Anyone who works in the construction industry knows how important it is for everybody to have the same understanding about the terms of a project, including the materials needed, deadlines to be met, and the procedure for resolving disputes. Without a reasonable degree of certainty about these things, there is always the risk that something will go wrong and that money will be lost. More >

Letters of intent in construction project negotiations, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about letters of intent and their use in negotiating the terms of construction projects. As we noted, letters of intent are not contracts, but courts do sometimes enforce them as binding, depending on what the parties intended by the document. In cases where it is evident that both parties intended to be bound, they may be enforced by a court. In cases where parties did not intend to be bound, they may not be enforced. It depends on the circumstances, though. More >

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