Gutwein Law's Guide to the Indianapolis Startup Community

by Audrey Wessel

We know there are a lot of you out there with ideas, but you may not know the best place to start, or how to get involved in the startup community. Maybe you’d like to work for a startup, or maybe you’d just like to check out the state of entrepreneurship in Indiana. Luckily, Indianapolis has a thriving startup community, complete with individuals and organizations ready to help you succeed.   

The list below may not be everything that’s going on in Indianapolis, but if you start here, we are confident that you will be able to network your way to the events and associations that are right for you.

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Why Now Might Be the Right Time for Major Charitable Gifts and Roth Conversion

by Andy Gutwein

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has brought on a lot of highly publicized programs. For instance, every business owner is likely aware of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgiveable loan designed to provide relief to businesses and keep people on the payroll.

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Now Is The Right Time To Update Your Estate Plan (And It's A Lot Easier Than You Think)

by Andy Gutwein & Laura Vogler

With the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last several weeks, many of us are recognizing the harsh reality that we're all vulnerable. There are so many factors outside of our control, we can't possibly know what the future holds for us. Our faith can help us cope with that reality, but it doesn’t change it. As we've all said before (and will say again), these are extraordinary times -- unimaginable just a few months ago.

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Here's How Those Stimulus Checks Could Impact Your Medicaid Coverage

by Laura Vogler

As an Elder Law attorney, I know many of my clients receive Medicaid benefits to help with the costs of long-term care -- whether they're in a facility, in assisted living utilizing a waiver, or at home receiving waiver services. So, when the government announced the stimulus payments of $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent child, immediately the Elder Law community wondered how the payments would be treated by Indiana Medicaid. And rightfully so.

Since stimulus payments started to be issued, I have received many inquiries from Medicaid recipients and other professionals with the most common question being:

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Is it a Great Time for a GRAT? Maybe So.

by Andy Gutwein

At its core, a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) is a tool used to make a tax-free gift. And it may be just the right time to consider setting one up for yourself.

Here's how it works: the donor creates a trust which calls for certain payments to be made to themselves over a period of time, and then whatever is left in the trust passes to the beneficiaries named by the donor. 

Specifically, the tax-free part is accomplished by a complex calculation that "zeros out" the GRAT. Zeroing out simply means that the anticipated value of the remaining assets in the trust (the part that is paid to the beneficiaries) is expected to be zero. 

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