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Can’t Get Health Insurance? New Law Says You Can.

StethoscopeThanks to a new law, someone who couldn’t buy health insurance before can buy it now.  Guaranteed.   And this new law applies to virtually anyone who’s stuck.

Think of someone with a pre-existing condition who cannot get an individual policy or coverage under group health insurance.

Think of someone whose COBRA coverage has run out.

How about someone who doesn’t qualify for Social Security? Or someone 65 or older who doesn’t qualify for Medicare? Even a disabled person under age 65 who can’t get Medicare because he or she hasn’t been disabled long enough.

And really, a person’s age doesn’t matter at all. Or a person’s work history: even a person who’s starting a new business and who can’t get insurance because of a pre-existing health problem and doesn’t have enough employees yet to get a group policy.

What matters is they can’t get health insurance coverage.

Here’s the antidote: the “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program” (“PCIP” for short). [Read more…]

Why Your LLC Needs a Tax Return – Especially if it’s Husband-and-Wife-Owned

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A number of CPAs still resist filing a separate partnership return for husband-and wife-owned LLCs. We recommend doing the separate return, for both IRS reasons and liability-shield reasons under Georgia law. Here’s more detail about why. [Read more…]

Shielding Personal Assets from Business Risks

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A proprietorship is the business equivalent of nothing. A vacuum. You’re a proprietorship if you never bothered to incorporate or LLC your business. So proprietorships are the cheesecloth of business entities: everything passes through a proprietorship to its owner — including creditors.

On the asset protection scale of what works, a proprietorship is a zero.

So why would someone want to be in a business as a proprietorship?  Well, it’s seductively easy, a real do-it-yourselfer. Pick a name for your business.  Print up some business cards and stationery showing the name.  Get a website. Voilà. You’re now a proprietorship.  But big deal. [Read more…]

Fox+Mattson Featured in 2011-2012 LLC Handbook

Fox+Mattson, P.C. has again provided the Georgia model LLC documents for the 2011-2012 edition of the “Limited Liability Company Handbook” published by West Thomson Reuters as part of their Securities Law Handbook Series. The Handbook is edited by Mark A. Sargent, Dean of the Villanova University School of Law, and Walter D. Schwidetzky,  Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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