The Essential Legal Document Timeline for Startups

by Stuart Gutwein

When you form a company you need lots of legal documents in place. But how do you know what you need and when you need it? Look no further! We've created this handy legal document timeline just for startups. And as always, please give us a call at 765.423.7900 if you need help getting any of these documents drafted.

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10 Essential Tips for Networking from a Law Firm Full of Business Owners

by Sean McCarthy

Let me start by saying this isn't our typical blog post. There won't be any complicated legal terms or examples. Instead, we want to take this opportunity to place focus on something our clients encounter all the time: networking.

Now I know what you're thinking, "this isn't related to law." And you're right, it's not exactly; but we're also in the business of advising. We'll do whatever we can to help your company grow, so we often go beyond the boundaries of law. After all, many of our team members own businesses themselves, so we know the value of things like networking.

But enough about us. Let's discuss the importance of networking for you as a business person.

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The Best Way to Receive a Gift Might be to Give It Back

by Andy Gutwein

Whether you're the "gifter" or the "giftee", it's no secret you want to make the most of a gift. But Federal Estate Tax Laws can make your ideal gifting process a little hard to navigate, to say the least. In recent years, the tax laws have increased the exemption amount (the amount someone can pass without paying any Federal Estate Tax) to approximately $11.2M per person, while the annual gift tax exclusion has increased to $15,000 per person.

While that's a change in your favor, I think it's important to talk through the implications of a gift versus an inheritance. An inheritance, which is a transfer that occurs upon death of the gifter, results in something called “stepped up basis.”  A gift made during the gifter’s lifetime results in “carryover basis.”

Let's take a look at a real-world example to help make sense of these two ideas:

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Why Every Startup Founder Should Know About Vesting (and 83(b))

by Brian Casserly

When a new company's formed, the potential breakup is typically the last thing discussed, because let's face it, it's uncomfortable. Unfortunately, though, it happens often, and it can be quite problematic. Founders might leave the company for greener pastures, new opportunities, or they may simply graduate college and move on. In the world of fast-rising startups, an experienced attorney can save your high-potential ideas from a disappearing cofounder with an understanding of two critical concepts: vesting and the 83(b) election.

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Is your child turning 18? They may still need you to have their back.

by Andy Gutwein

Seeing your child grow up and become an adult is generally both exciting and somewhat frightening. They’re ready to take on the world, and now they can vote and even legally enter into contracts for the first time in their lives. For the average 18-year-old, though, they’re usually most excited about graduating from high school and ultimately getting out of your house.

In my mind, during this transition period in their life, it's good to give them the responsibility that comes with being an adult. As a parent and an attorney, I don’t encourage anyone to continue to treat adult children like they treated them when they were in elementary or junior high. They should begin being responsible for their own decisions and being aware of their own deadlines. 

However, what if something happens? What if they get sick? What if they get into a situation where they really need your help?

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