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4 Things to Review in Your Estate Plan Before 2023

It’s incredible how much life changes from year to year. The changes may seem small as they happen, but they can become massive transformations over time. This is especially true when marriages, divorces, births, and adoptions impact a family.    That’s why reviewing your estate plan every year is especially critical. Doing so will ensure that […]

Through proper planning, a gift you choose to leave can be encouraging, inspiring, or even life-changing. There are several ways to leave behind gifts through estate planning for causes you care about. Here are some ways you can choose to give and some key things you might want to consider.  A Specific Bequest for Your […]

What Is Pass-through Tax Entity Elective Tax Status?

States are moving at an unprecedented speed to respond to the $10,000 federal cap on deducting state and local taxes. Many are offering what’s known as optional pass-through entity tax status as a workaround.   For those who form eligible pass-through entities, this tax status allows individuals to deduct state taxes for federal tax purposes. It […]

Tax Loss Harvesting 101

Sometimes, even a bad investment can be a good thing. That’s because there’s a practice called tax-loss harvesting.   Tax loss harvesting is selling off poorly performing stocks at a loss to offset capital gains made from better-performing stocks. Tax-loss harvesting might be a boon for your tax picture now and down the road. The process […]

In 1970, when Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), most Americans were familiar with the famous movie mobster Rico Bandello from the film Little Caesar, one of the first “talkies” ever made.   The Act was cleverly named after the mobster and was initially used to weaken the Gambino crime family. In […]

Trade Secrets and NDAs: What to Know

Businesses risk a great deal when they share their trade secrets with employees or other individuals and entities—like franchises, business partners, or potential buyers.   These trade secrets can be the lifeblood of a company. What happens if one of those individuals or entities walks away with a client list, a secret recipe, or a cutting-edge […]

Corporate governance refers to how an organization manages fairness, accountability, responsibility, and transparency in its relationships with stakeholders. Through a solid corporate governance framework, fraud risks and conflicts of interest can be better identified, managed, and resolved in business.   While the concept may seem like it only applies to large companies, our experience as Colorado business […]

Understanding Fairness In Corporate Governance

The main goal of corporate governance is to establish a system of practices and rules by which a company operates and to build that system into the DNA of the business. Good corporate governance aligns stakeholder interests around the fundamental principles of accountability, responsibility, transparency, and fairness.   Adherence to these principles and other related ones, […]

Small and medium-sized businesses make up the majority of companies in America today. Their work is critical to the economy, but they often lack the means—including the time, resources, and knowledge—to protect it.  If you’re a small business leader, it’s critical not to overlook your business’s intellectual property (IP). Your business needs to protect its […]

A privacy policy outlines exactly what types of information your business is gathering from website visitors, how you plan to use the information, and how you’ll keep it private.  This has become increasingly important in recent years for several reasons. First, your privacy policy helps your business build trust with customers and is a legal […]