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Posts from February 2006.

Creating a risk-free winning advertisement is often as challenging as creating a winning product or service!

China is one of the largest franchise markets in the world. Increasingly, franchise systems of all sizes are looking toward China as a possible avenue for expansion. Franchising is a method of distribution – one possible avenue to provide products and services to consumers. Whether you are an established franchise system or you have a new product or service that you are attempting to market, now is the time to start thinking about China, if for no other reason than to protect your trademarks and service marks.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the Tax Court’s ruling that a buy-sell agreement could be disregarded in determining the estate tax value of the closely-held business stock subject to it. However, the Court of Appeals found that the Tax Court incorrectly added the value of life insurance proceeds to the value of the company’s assets in calculating the stock’s estate tax value.

You have taken the time to have your estate planning documents prepared and you have signed them and locked them away in your safety deposit box — good for you! But your job is not done forever. Estate plans are like the roof on your house and require periodic “checkups” to make sure no leaks have developed.



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