Jackie S. Gessner Joins Gutwein Law’s Indianapolis Team

by Gutwein Law

Indianapolis, IN – August 5, 2022 – Gutwein Law, a full-service business law firm focused on helping innovative companies grow through high-level legal counsel, has added Jackie Gessner to its Indianapolis office. Jackie joins Gutwein Law from Barnes & Thornburg, a national business law firm, where she brings nearly a decade of experience working with human resource departments, business leaders, owners and managers on an array of workplace issues.

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Get To Know Burke Richeson

by Gutwein Law

Have you met Burke Richeson yet? Burke's the newest addition to our real estate team. He brings years of experience, business acumen, and top-notch listening skills. In the Q&A below, you'll see why we think Burke is a perfect fit for our team and clients, alike.

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Gutwein Law Adds Spencer W. Tanner to Evansville Office

by Gutwein Law

Evansville, IN – July 8, 2022 – Gutwein Law, a full-service business law firm focused on helping innovative companies grow through high-level legal counsel, has added Spencer Tanner to its Evansville, IN office. He joins Gutwein Law from Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, a large regional law firm, where he brings years of experience practicing in the areas of general commercial litigation and bankruptcy/creditor's rights.

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The Corporate Transparency Act: New Requirements for Business Owners

by Hayes Cronk

As soon as late 2022, a new United States regulatory requirement could take effect, impacting millions of new and existing businesses. The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) will require small businesses to file information about themselves and the individuals who formed, own, and control them with the United States Treasury Department. Failure to follow the CTA may result in civil and criminal liability for business owners, including civil fines of $500 a day and criminal fines up to $250,000 and up to five (5) years in prison.

Congress enacted the CTA as part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020. On December 7, 2021, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) proposed regulations seeking to implement the “beneficial ownership information” requirement of the CTA. A key provision of the CTA requires certain business entities to disclose to FinCEN their “beneficial owners” and other identifying information. The CTA is designed to prevent individuals from abusing legal entities to conceal proceeds of corrupt criminal acts, including money laundering. A driving factor behind the proposed regulations is for the United States to be aligned with international anti-money laundering standards.

 

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Piercing The Corporate Veil: Does a Corporation or LLC Really Protect Your Personal Assets?

by Brian Casserly & Hayes Cronk

Entrepreneurs often cite the limited liability protection afforded them by way of forming a corporation or a limited liability company as a primary purpose in creating the entity. Sure, there is the aura of sophistication and achievement that comes immediately along with it (as well as several other benefits), but this personal protection seems to be a key factor in most formation decisions.

Limited liability is the concept that the company’s debts and liabilities are its own—an owner of the company is not personally liable for them. This is instrumental in business creation as it allows for a separation between the obligations of the company and the assets of the owners while promoting entrepreneurial risk taking. Generally, if the company fails, only those assets that belong to the company, risk being lost – not the owner’s property. Of course, the homestead may be at risk when the owner uses his or her home as collateral for company obligations. However, there is a lesser known risk to the property under the concept of “piercing the veil.”

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