Business Formations >>When choosing a jurisdiction in which to form your new business it is important to understand that the laws governing entity formation and fillings are jurisdictional and vary by state. When choosing a state or jurisdiction to incorporate, you must consider amongst other things: where you are located, where will be doing businesses, what type of business you will be doing and which jurisdiction has favorable laws. Note that you must still register in each state and jurisdiction that you conduct business in regardless of which state you choose for formation. read more>>


Due Diligence in Corporate Acquisitions >> When acquiring a company, due diligence is of the utmost importance. It should ideally be conducted by a team of experts.This information is a very general bird’s eye overview. The following information is focused on acquiring a private company. Please note that publicly traded companies do not fit into this category. In general, as a business owner, even if you are not looking to acquire or be acquired, the sale of a business is an important potential exit strategy. Organizing your record-keeping functions so you are prepared for due diligence for acquisition is a good practice. read more>>


Fine Art Acquisitions >> Often people think of Art as being the last bastion of a “hand shake deal,” but this is naïve especially in dealing with high dollar Art. read more>>


Oil and Gas >> Since, property rights governing leases varies from state to state. Therfore, this information may not apply in all states. Mineral and Surface Estates: It is best to think of property rights as a bundle of sticks, where each stick is a right that can be bought and sold separately or together. Often, the surface owner owns every thing above (until you get to the point of right of ways for airplanes, etc) and everything below his property (which includes the mineral estate). However, a landowner may sell the rights to the mineral estate or everything below the surface and retain the surface estate and everything above. read more>>


EB 5 Investor Immigration Visas >> An EB-5 is an employment-based avenue for gaining a green card (Permanent Residency). Because these investor visas are dependent on job creation for U.S. citizens, theses visas fall under the employment-based classification. EB-5 visas are also referred to as investor visas or Alien Entrepreneurs or Immigrant Investor Visa. read more>>


Tax Credits >>There are far more tax credits than we can discuss here. We have provided some basic information on New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, USDA Rural Development Programs and Federal Low Income Development Tax Credits. We have also provided a basic list of the Environmental and Energy Tax credits available to real estate developments and other types of businesses. We encourage anyone developing a new real estate development project to explore these potential credits, loans and grant programs as sources of non-traditional funding. For more information please schedule an appointment with us to discuss the details of your project. read more>>


EcoFriendly Product Labeling >> There are a wide variet of Eco Friendly product labeling certifications from LEED for construction projects to USDA for food and cosmetics. Thera are also certifications for Eco- Trourism, Apparel, Fair Trade, etc. Most of these certifications are governed by non-profit organizations or government agencies that have set polices, procedures, and guidlines for being certified and advertising with their label. read more>>