Author Archives: Brett Hastings
Know Before You Rent!
With the advent of the sharing economy and websites such as airbnb.com and vrbo.com, many people have considered renting their primary or second residences to supplement income or defray maintenance expenses. This practice can lead to disputes with neighbors and … Continue reading
Co-Owners and Property Rights
We are often contacted by clients who find themselves in difficult situations because they purchased real property with a non-spouse third party such as a boyfriend, girlfriend, in-law, or child. The reasons for doing so are varied and usually good-intentioned. … Continue reading
Will the Real Property Line Please Stand Up?
The advent of satellite and GPS technology has unexpectedly increased property line disputes. Now that we can map property line descriptions with incredible accuracy, many land owners are discovering that the “old fence line” is not on the “real property … Continue reading
Preparation – It’s Easier Than You Think!
As with many new undertakings in life, when you’ve decided to begin planning your estate, it’s easy to be left feeling overwhelmed, intimidated, and wondering where to start. Aside from finding an estate planning attorney, knowing what information you’ll need … Continue reading
The State of Your Estate!
An “estate”, what’s that? An estate is the sum of a particular person’s assets. This includes legal rights, interests in property, and money, minus all liabilities. The term “estate” is commonly used in reference to what a person owns when … Continue reading
You’re a Trustee. . . good luck with that!
Okay, it might not be quite that bad. But, if you have accepted or inherited the responsibility of “trustee” of a trust, you have very specific responsibilities. By definition, trustees are people “entrusted” with the ownership of assets that they … Continue reading
Small Business . . . Not Small Potatoes
Many people dream of owning their own business . . . and it’s a good thing. According to to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics small businesses (defined as those with 1-49 employees) typically accounts for just as much U.S. … Continue reading
What’s in a Name?
Name recognition is a value thing. Just ask Google or Apple. Although your business may not be quite the size of these behemoths, you still could benefit from protecting your business name, logo, or tag lines by registering them as a … Continue reading
Don’t be Disregarded
Limited liability companies (“LLC’s”) have become a popular business entity, providing liability protection to its members, nearly identical to that of a corporation, while at the same time providing more flexibility and less formality than typically exists in the corporate form. … Continue reading