Business Succession

3 Estate Planning Items to Consider When Selling a Business

Posted on: December 15th, 2015
With a growing number of entrepreneurs in North Carolina, combined with a reliable survival rate, small business owners might encounter an opportunity to sell their business. How will proceeds from the sale be managed, protected, and taxed?...

Business Succession Options in North Carolina

Posted on: September 10th, 2014
Business succession plans address the future growth or disposition of the business upon a planned succession, or the death or incapacitation of the owner. Transitioning a business under these circumstances requires careful review and assessment. ...

New NC Court Ruling Affects LLCs

Posted on: May 1st, 2014
North Carolina Limited Liability Company (LLC) owners may be interested in a new court ruling that illustrates the protection these asset preservation tools offer. ...

Non-Tax Benefits of Family Limited Liability Companies

Posted on: April 28th, 2014
Family Limited Liability Companies (FLLC) are one of several asset protection tools used to preserve assets of family businesses. These assets may include real estate and investments....

Forming an LLC in North Carolina

Posted on: December 12th, 2013
As North Carolina continues to top “Best for Business” lists year after year, how are entrepreneurs and business owners across the state protecting their professional and personal assets?...

North Carolina Bill Affecting Digital Assets

Posted on: March 30th, 2013
Recently we reviewed the challenges of digital estate planning—the ways surviving family members’ access to a decedent’s online accounts are affected—and how accessibility is determined by individual account policies....

Digital Estate Planning Challenges

Posted on: February 15th, 2013
Estate planning has always involved a great deal of paperwork. Today, individuals have personal access to online banking, social media accounts, and email that has pushed the industry into a new realm: Digital estate planning....

3 Asset Protection Tips for 2013

Posted on: January 27th, 2013
As North Carolina business owners and other taxpayers adjust to the effects of the 2012 American Tax Payer Relief Act, they are starting to focus on asset protection strategies at the same time as minimizing taxes to the fullest extent possible....

3 Tips For Succession Planning

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012
Estate plans and trusts preserve assets accumulated over a lifetime and distribute them to beneficiaries, but what happens to a business when the owner or key executive departs to another company, becomes ill, or passes away? ...

Company Buy-Sell Agreements – Plan Ahead

Posted on: April 13th, 2011
One estate planning tool that can protect your family and partners is a buy-sell agreement. This legal document gives owners the first chance to buy an interest in the company if another owner pulls out or dies. ...

Estate Planning Lessons from the Waltons

Posted on: September 28th, 2009
Contemporary estate planning causes a division of an estate and results in an ultimate dissipation of the resource base over a period of years. Is it possible to keep the resource base together to serve the family for many family generations? T...

“First-to-Die” Life Insurance Now Available

Posted on: August 28th, 2009
Second-to-die life insurance has long been used by married couples to provide liquidity to pay estate taxes at the death of the second spouse to die. Such insurance is less expensive and easier to obtain than two separate policies on the same individuals....

Questions for the Family Business Owner

Posted on: February 1st, 2008
Owners of family businesses face unique estate planning challenges. Far too often, owners fail to plan properly, or at all, which can ultimately lead to higher estate taxes, conflicts among family members, and even failure of the business....