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Copyright Modernization Act

Copyright Modernization Act

Updating the Copyright Office IT system to ease the process. In years past, the registration of a copyright was not necessarily difficult, but it was a very long process.  While parts of the process could be done online in recent decades, there were still times...

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Scam Alert. Scammers are Out To Get You!

Scam Alert. Scammers are Out To Get You!

IRS Scam Alert. Scammers seem to be targeting Americans at an alarming rate. I was the target of a scam attempt not too long ago. I received calls claiming to either be the IRS, the Social Security Administration, Wells Fargo Bank, Verizon, and God knows who...

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Consider Non Taxable Gifts in 2021

Consider Non Taxable Gifts in 2021

Non Taxable Gifts not Included in Your Taxable Estate In this current political climate, it’s easy to be frightened away from making Non Taxable Gifts or tax-free gifts, medical payments, and educational gifts to or for the benefit of your loved ones. Make Annual...

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Special Needs Child or Grandchild

Special Needs Child or Grandchild

All children are a blessing. From the day they are born, you begin making plans to ensure their future. What will their interests be? What job will they have? Who will they marry? While these are common concerns for most families, this concern is heightened when that...

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The Estate Planning Tool Kit for Unmarried Partners

The Estate Planning Tool Kit for Unmarried Partners

6 Essential Documents Every Unmarried Couple Needs Having an estate plan is important for everyone, but it’s indispensable for unmarried partners. Suppose you’re in a committed, long-term relationship and become incapacitated or even pass away. In that case, most...

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Estate Documents – Time to Update?

Estate Documents – Time to Update?

Are your estate documents stale? Are they still protecting you? Estate Documents and Income Tax?Make sure your estate documents are current. With the growing estate tax exclusion amount, this tax has been effectively repealed for about 99.8% of the country. ...

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“Paying” with a Gift Card

“Paying” with a Gift Card

Is it safe? The FTC’s Consumer Protection Data Spotlight says that “gift card fraud” has topped the list since 2018 as the number one way people lose money to fraud.  It may not be happening the way you think it is, though. Scammers are reaching out via phone...

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