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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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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://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/adam-yauchs-will-prohibits-use-of-his-music-in-ads-20120809

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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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U.S. Tax & Legal Consequences for Foreign Investors and Potential Residents

Foreign investors and potential residents must understand that U.S. tax residency can occur, whether or not they have permanent residence for immigration purposes.

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The Truth About 1031 Exchanges

A 1031 Exchange is a method by which a property owner “trades” one property (“relinquished property”) for another of equal or greater value (“replacement property”) without having to pay any taxes on the transaction. In an ordinary sale transaction, the property owner is taxed on any gain realized by the sale of the property.

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