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Yearly Archives: 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from MendenFreiman!

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As the holidays approach, MendenFreiman would like to thank our clients, colleagues and friends for their continued support. Thank you for your business, your unwavering confidence, and your commitment to our firm. In the spirit of giving thanks, we have made charitable donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Children’s Hospital of Atlanta… Read More »

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Trump Wins, Republicans Control the House and Senate. Will We See Comprehensive Tax Reform Early in 2017?

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The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th American President was largely unexpected, and it is difficult to precisely forecast the tax changes which are ahead. President-elect Trump has proposed wide ranging changes to the U.S. tax system which will affect virtually all Americans and tax advisors. Down-ticket Republicans were also victorious in… Read More »

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Estate Planning Awareness Week: Take Stock & Trade Stock (At a Discount)

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Here we are again: October 17-21, 2016 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. As always, we like to take this opportunity to encourage folks to review their estate plans, because one simply never knows when an up-to-date plan will be needed. This year, however, that admonition carries extra urgency for clients with larger, taxable… Read More »

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MendenFreiman Welcomes New Attorney, Max R. Lafer

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MendenFreiman is pleased to announce that Max R. Lafer has joined the firm as an associate attorney in its business law and outside general counsel practice area. He brings more than six years experience providing legal counsel to small and medium-sized businesses on a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including business and corporate… Read More »

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Window of Opportunity May Soon Be Closing for Discount-Based Estate and Gift Tax Planning Techniques

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For several years, the IRS and the Obama Administration have let it be known that they were seeking ways to limit the use of valuation discounts for closely held business interests, including interests in family investment partnerships and limited liability companies, to reduce exposure to federal gift and estate taxes for transfers of such… Read More »

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MendenFreiman Welcomes New Attorney, Laura B. Traylor

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MendenFreiman is pleased to announce that Laura B. Traylor has joined the firm as an of counsel attorney. As a member of our estate planning and trust and estate administration practice areas, Laura focuses on drafti ng complex wills, many of which include specialized provisions for various trusts; and she has significant experience advising… Read More »

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Don’t Think Economic Espionage Impacts Your Business? Now It Does.

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On May 11, 2016, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 was amended by the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA represents the most significant trade-secret reform legislation in several decades. For the first time, the DTSA has created a federal private cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The federal… Read More »

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The IRS Issues “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

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The Internal Revenue Service just issued a warning that scammers may try to use the April 18 tax deadline to prey on hardworking taxpayers by impersonating the IRS and others with fake phone calls and emails. By phone, many scammers are using threats to intimidate and bully you into paying a “tax bill.” They… Read More »

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What Young Americans (and Not So Young Americans) Can Learn from Bowie’s Estate Plan

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At first look, the provisions of David Bowie’s (his real name was David Robert Jones) Last Will and Testament seems like a fairly normal estate plan: specific bequests of relatively small amounts and specific assets to a few people. One-half of his remaining estate was left to his wife, and the other half was… Read More »

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The Importance of Planning an Exit Strategy for Your Business

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Successful small business owners are extremely adept at being flexible, deriving innovative strategies, and overcoming obstacles in their goal to grow and expand their businesses. However, in focusing on the growth of their businesses, many business owners overlook a key aspect of business planning – having an exit strategy in place. Every business owner… Read More »

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