Most Recent Attorney’s Blog Posts

  • IRA Contribution Deadlines: Two Out of Three IRA Types Can’t be Extended
    You have until April 18th, 2017 to make 2016 IRA contributions for Roth and Traditional IRAs. If you’re self-employed and are using a SEP, your deadline is determined by your company’s tax filing deadline (e.g. s-corp, partnership, or sole prop). So, if you were an s-corp or partnership in 2016, then your filing deadline was March 15th, 2017. II you are a sole prop, then the deadline is April 18th, 2017. If you extended your company return, that extension will also apply to your SEP IRA contributions. The table below breaks down the deadlines and extension options for Traditional, Roth ... read more
    Source: Mat SorensenPublished on 2017-03-28By Mat Sorensen
  • Eight Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Business
    Don’t ask me why, but my seven year-old daughter is obsessed with the cheesy early 1990’s goodness that is Full House.  Nick at Nite has scheduled a two-hour block of Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse, Joey and the Tanner girls from 7-9 p.m. most weeknights, and my daughter begs to watch at least one episode every night before she goes to bed. Because there are much worse things she could be asking to watch, we typically oblige.  As such, over the past year or two I’ve endured more than my fair share of Full House catchphrases (think: “Have mercy!” “How rude!” ... read more
    Source: KKOSLawyersPublished on 2017-03-14By Jarom Bergeson
  • Alternatives for Securing Your Loans or Investments
    We often advise clients who want to loan money or participate in an investment to “get adequate security” for their investment. The purpose of getting additional security for your loan is so that you have something else that you can go after if the loan goes south. Ordinarily, if your loan is “unsecured,” it generally means that if the investment tanks, then your only remedy would be to sue the debtor and go through the potentially expensive process of litigation in hopes that you can get a judgment against the debtor, and perhaps most importantly, that the debtor will then ... read more
    Source: KKOSLawyersPublished on 2017-03-07By Lee Chen
  • Quitclaim Deed Versus Warranty Deed, What to Use?
    When it comes to transferring property, such as rental properties into LLCs or your personal residence into a Trust, it can be confusing understanding whether you should use a quitclaim deed or a warranty deed. Here is a brief description of each type of deed and when they should be used. Warranty Deed – A warranty deed transfers ownership and explicitly promises the buyer that the transferor has clear title to the property, meaning it is free of liens or claims of ownership. The terms of a warranty deed should state that the transferor “warrants” and conveys the property.  The warranty ... read more
    Source: Mat SorensenPublished on 2017-03-07By Mat Sorensen
  • Real Estate Investor Escapes Criminal Charges: Legal Factors When Raising Money from Others with Promissory Notes
    Thousands of real estate deals/projects involve the use of promissory notes as a way to raise money to fund the project.  If you are raising capital for a real estate project using promissory notes and you assume incorrectly that securities laws do not apply to your deal/project, you could be fined or possibly end up in an orange jump-suit. In a recent California case called People v. Black, the California Court of Appeals was asked to whether a promissory note in the real estate deal (an investment in land in Idaho) was a security.  Needless to say the project/deal did not ... read more
    Source: KKOSLawyersPublished on 2017-02-28By Kevin Kennedy
  • Just “Having” an S-Corp May Not be Enough
    Just “having” an S-Corporation may not be enough. It’s important you make sure to reap the tax and legal benefits of your S-Corp if you’re going to set one up. If you routinely read articles in this space or have heard any of our attorneys speak around the country, you are probably aware that we are big fans of the S-Corporation structure as a way for folks who own and operate small operational businesses (i.e. ones where they are selling goods or services and are not someone else’s W-2 employee) to get some limited liability protection and (probably more importantly) ... read more
    Source: KKOSLawyersPublished on 2017-02-21By Jarom Bergeson
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