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Corporate Transparency Act

Posted by J. Michael Waters, Jr. | Dec 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

We are writing to you about a very important change on the horizon. This important change is the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act, which will impose significant new reporting requirements on many small businesses. This blog concerns the Corporate Transparency Act, due to its broad...

Changes for Texas series LLCs

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Dec 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 2009, Texas enacted legislation approving what's known as a “series LLC”. Since that time, the series LLC has become an increasingly popular way for investors and entrepreneurs to own different assets and/or business units in a single LLC while at the same time segregating potential liability ...

The Corporate Transparency Act

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Oct 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

On January 1, 2021, the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) was enacted. The CTA authorized the Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) to set up a secure beneficial ownership registry for information on entities created in or qualified to do business in the Un...


Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Aug 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

2021 TAX PROPOSALS – GREEN BOOK DISMUKE & WATERS, P.C. August 2021 You likely are aware, from the news and our prior communications, that Congress is continuing to consider proposals that may have a significant impact on many estate plans.  Although we still cannot be certain which, if any, o...

The American Families Plan

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | May 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last week, the White House released The American Families Plan, which includes some new details regarding the Biden administration's proposed 2021 tax reform. The tax changes expected to be enacted this year will be substantial and far reaching and will include corporate, individual and capital g...

Use It or Lose It

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Apr 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many of you have likely read about the bill that Senator Bernie Sanders has submitted. The purpose of this blog is to provide a few high points to see if it is worth having a conversation about how it may to apply to you and what you can do now to take advantage of current law before it is too la...

How does an art collection fit into a will?

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Feb 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Individuals with significant and unique assets may need to consider several things with estate planning. Leaving monetary assets such as bonds, stocks or cash may not require specialized management, but when the testator has amassed an extensive art collection in a Texas home, the beneficiaries r...

Estate plan ideas for the average American

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Jan 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Crafting an estate plan can be an expensive venture, but that does not mean it's solely for the well-to-do families of Arlington and Southlake, TX. The fact is that no matter how much or how little you have within your estate, it is always a good idea to ensure that your assets are properly handl...

What happens to a person’s debt after they die?

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just because someone dies, it doesn't mean all their debts are automatically paid off or forgiven. In some cases, their family members may even be responsible for paying them off. That's why it's essential to have an updated estate plan. When a person passes away, their assets become their estate...

How can you protect your assets from the estate tax?

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Aug 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The federal estate tax exemption has jumped over the past few years. Currently, estates valued at $11,580,000 or less will avoid the estate tax. This amount increases to $23,160,000 for married couples. Estates worth more than these amounts – factoring in marital status – will lose around one-six...

Welcome Christin Day!

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Aug 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

We recently welcomed a new attorney to our firm:  Christin D. Day.  Christin graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law where she was the recipient of the Forest Smith General Counsel Forum Scholarship.  Prior to law school she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, magna cum laude, and wa...

Expanded Opportunities

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Over the last six weeks or so we have all been challenged to work from home and find new and creative ways to still accomplish what our jobs have required, while possibly taking on some new tasks. As we reopened on May 1 pursuant to the Governor's plan, we can look back and see how the challenges...

In the Midst of Chaos, There is Opportunity

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Apr 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

To say that we are living in interesting times would be a gross understatement. In the span of just a few weeks we have gone from record high stock market indices and historically low unemployment, to oil wars, pandemic virus, historic loss of stock market capitalization, skyrocketing unemploymen...

Continued Access Amid COVID-19

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

We do not know where this new virus is headed, but we know one thing:  we will do the best job we possibly can for you and your case.  The good thing is our firm has cutting edge technology which means that even if we are required to close our offices, we will remain “open” to our clients remotel...

Single Member Limited Liability Companies

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Feb 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Limited liability companies, also called LLCs, are an increasingly common form of business organization. They have many attributes in common with corporations but are often taxed as partnerships. Uniquely, if there is only one owner, they can be treated as a disregarded entity for tax purposes. T...

IRA’s and the SECURE Act

Posted by Christin D. Hoyt | Jan 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Employees and IRA owners should review their planning in light of the changes made by the SECURE Act to the rules governing retirement plans and IRAs. In the past conduit trust language was often used to permit the IRA to pass into a trust for a child for various reasons. This technique mandated ...

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