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How familiar are you with powers of attorney? - III

A few months back our blog began discussing how powers of attorney, which allow a person to vest a trusted individual with the authority to act on their behalf, are a truly vital component of any comprehensive estate plan.

Indeed, our previous post examined some of the requirements for executing a power of attorney here in Utah, and the people whom the principal -- the person executing the document -- can appoint to serve as their agent. We'll continue our examination in today's post.

Why any estate plan must account for your digital assets

It seems as if major corporations or tech companies now release new apps, software or electronic devices designed to make our lives that much simpler on a semi-regular basis. Indeed, it can be easily argued that thanks to these regular releases it's now easier than ever for us to order items, deposit checks, monitor bank accounts or perform other essential everyday tasks.

It's important to understand, however, that the technological mediums that make this possible, and which otherwise comprise our digital lives are viewed as more than just mere conveniences or tools in the eyes of the law. Rather, they are viewed as assets and, as such, must be provided for accordingly in any estate plan.

How are nonprofit corporations organized?

At this time of the year, people's thoughts naturally gravitate toward more than just making holiday purchases for friends and friends. Indeed, many are motivated to write a check to a favorite charity or take a few hours out of their busy schedule to volunteer for a favorite cause.

One question to naturally arise in the face of all this altruism is how our favorite charities are organized under state law and any advantages that are extended to them based on their chosen business structure.

Careful estate planning now may help loved ones later

There's no question that some people in Utah and other areas tend to avoid discussions about their own mortality like the plague. Others understand that discussing such issues ahead of time may help family members avoid problems later. Some say it is never too soon to develop careful estate planning skills, whether one is still young and just starting out in life or approaching the so-called golden years with a well-established amount of assets.

Basically, the process of estate planning is highly customizable according to the wishes of an estate owner. For many, staple documents of a thorough plan include wills, trusts and powers of attorney. Preseerving one's written wishes in a will is a relatively easy means for ensuring that assets are distributed to those of one's own choosing after death.

What residential landlords should know about Utah's eviction process - II

As we discussed in a previous post, those investors who put their money in rental property in the wake of the recession are now grateful for their bold move, as the rebounding real estate market and resurgent economy have allowed them to realize a handsome profit.

We also discussed how those investors thinking about following suit should know that being a successful landlord requires more than just collecting rent checks and paying the mortgage. Indeed, it requires vetting of prospective tenants, regular upkeep of the premises and, of course, the possible eviction of problem renters.

How well do you understand company mergers? - II

In the last post, our blog began discussing more about the concept of company mergers, meaning those deals in which two existing businesses combine to form a new entity. Our purpose in this endeavor was to help both small and mid-sized business owners understand more about this seemingly esoteric topic.

We'll continue these efforts in today's post by briefly examining the five types of mergers, which, to recap, are all named according to the purpose of the combination, the economic function envisioned and the relationship between the existing entities.

How well do you understand company mergers?

When most people hear a business-related term like merger, they automatically envision boardrooms in global business centers where corporate titans hammer out a new billion-dollar business venture via a wholly arcane process. In other words, people associate mergers with big business.

While it's true that mergers are among the primary methods through which Fortune 500 companies expand, it's also true that small business owners can also achieve growth via this same process.      

What residential landlords should know about Utah's eviction process

Thanks to a rebounding real estate market and a resurgent economy, there is perhaps no better time than the present for those considering an investment in residential rental property to take the plunge. Indeed, many investors have already done so, seeing their rental units occupied quickly and realizing a handsome profit.

As appealing as the idea of owing rental property can be, it's important for prospective landlords to understand that there is far more to the process than paying down the mortgage and collecting rent checks.

How familiar are you with powers of attorney? - II

In our previous post, we started discussing how those seeking to create a comprehensive estate plan -- meaning one that addresses the possibility of both their untimely demise and their sudden incapacity -- must consider the execution of everything from guardianships and health care directives to beneficiary designations and, of course, powers of attorney.

To that end, we began taking a closer look at the power of attorney, an invaluable estate planning document that enables a person -- the principal -- to vest another person -- the agent -- with the authority to act on their behalf in legal and/or financial matters. We'll continue this examination in today's post.

How familiar are you with powers of attorney?

When it comes to estate planning, most people are well aware of the need to execute a will or create a trust to address the disposition of their assets. While this is undoubtedly true, it's important to remember that these instruments are just part of what can truly be called a comprehensive estate plan.

Indeed, those looking to make sure that they have everything covered in the event of their untimely demise or sudden incapacity will need to consider the execution of guardianships (if they have minor children), health care directives and, of course, powers of attorney.