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Arista Law is Hiring! Attorney, Paralegal and Administrative Positions Available

As we enter our second decade as a firm, Arista Law is growing again, and we are recruiting for the following positions.

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Wealthy Same-Sex Spouses Get Tax Break, but Multinational Couples Still Must Plan Ahead

Until now, the IRS has used DOMA to disallow the marital deduction for same-sex couples by simply not recognizing their marriages.

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Journalists obtain leaked information on over 120,000 offshore companies and trusts.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today announced what it calls “…one of the biggest financial leaks in history.”  They say the files include the names of 4,000 Americans and details are already emerging regarding several high-profile individuals.  “The leaked records, mainly from the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and Singapore, disclose proprietary information about more than 120,000 offshore […]

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Four Ways to Use Your $5.12 million in Transfer Tax Credits before They Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff on 12/31/12

In just over a month, the amount of wealth that can be transferred tax free is set to drop from $5.12 million to just $1 million.  And the tax rate that applies to amounts transferred beyond this “lifetime exemption” is rising from 35% to a highest rate of 55%.  In light of the election results and the few days remaining […]

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Adam Yauch’s Will Prohibits Use of His Music in Ads

Everybody has their reasons to prepare a will (at least) and not just let the “default” rules determine who entitled to what, when and how, and who controls the process.  See this Rolling Stone article about the late MCA’s last wishes:  ttp:// Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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LLC Asset Protection Update Published in Bar Association Newsletter

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Family Business Succession Planning presentation by Ed Arista for the Skylake Synagogue in Aventura.

Ed Arista recently presented on Family Business Succession Planning as part of the Financial Success Series at the Skylake Synagogue in Aventura.  Advanced planning using effective legal structures is one of the most important ways to increase the chances that a family business will survive the transition from one generation to the next.

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Applying for the Florida Homestead Exemption Can Trigger U.S. Tax Residency

Florida Homeowners have until March 1 to apply for the Homestead Exemption on Form DR-501 to exempt about $75,000 of the value of their home from property taxes. However, recent immigrants or “temporary” residents with assets outside the U.S. should carefully weigh their options before applying.

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Dividing the Family Fortune – Entrepreneur Magazine

Here’s an interesting article from Entrepreneur Magazine regarding family business succession. We deal with this issue all the time as it is quite common that not all members of the next generation have a desire or capacity to be involved in the business, or they are incapable or working together, or there are toxic in-laws, etc., etc., etc…

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Swiss Bank Prosecuted Using Growing IRS Database of Offshore Information

This prosecution is an example of how the U.S. government is using its expanding database of information collected from whistleblowers, foreign governments, advisors, banks and over 30,000 U.S. taxpayers who have already come clean.

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