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Kara Gansmann

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Nov 15, 2017

November Brings Turkey, Alzheimer’s Awareness And A Need To Proactively Plan For Aging Loved Ones With The Disease

Over Thanksgiving in the month of November, Americans of all ages gather to celebrate family, togetherness and happy memories.    While there is much to be grateful about, holidays can be ...

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Nov 1, 2017

The IRS Increased The Thresholds For 2018 Estate And Gift Taxes

Residents of North Carolina are fortunate to have no estate tax (the so-called “death tax”) enforced by the state upon their deaths.    However, if a North Carolina resident pa ...

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Oct 16, 2017

The Caretaker Child: How Aging Parents Can Compensate Adult Children For Care At Home

Caring for an aging parent can be a full-time job.    Adult children may give up paying jobs and leave their own homes and families in order to provide care to aging parents. While caregiv ...

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Oct 2, 2017

Using Personal Care Agreements For An Elderly Person’s At-Home Care

More and more Americans are choosing to provide in-home care for elderly family members.  This growing trend may arise from the desire to avoid the steep monthly costs of nursing home care or ...

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Sep 15, 2017

Five Tips For Protecting Seniors In A Technological World

Seniors are steadily embracing technology like social media, email and smartphones to stay in touch with family and friends.   However, seniors are also at risk of becoming victims of fraud thr ...

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Sep 1, 2017

Common Mistakes In Probating Estates Without Legal Assistance

When someone dies and leaves only a will - or no will at all - the estate may be opened for probate or administration by a personal representative.    Administering an estate, many times, ...

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Aug 16, 2017

Cashing A Paper Savings Bond After The Owner Dies

For many people, savings bonds have been a long-time favorite investment tool.   The bonds usually take years to fully mature but people often forget about them during the maturation period. In ...

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Aug 1, 2017

The Importance Of Estate Planning For Unmarried Couples

A growing number of American adults are choosing to cohabitate instead of getting married.    Their reasons for cohabitation range from financial need to “been there, done that.&rdqu ...

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Jul 14, 2017

A Request For A 'Simple Will' Isn’t Always Simple

Elder law and estate planning attorneys often field inquiries from potential clients to draft a “simple will.”   These queries are sometimes borne out of a desire for cost-efficienc ...

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Jul 5, 2017

Top 10 Reasons To Consult An Elder Law Attorney

The clients served by elder law attorneys can be among society’s most vulnerable citizens, who often seek help when they are most in need of experienced counsel. With effective advanced planning ...

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Jun 15, 2016

Cyber Breaches: What’s At Risk For Businesses

This last article in this cyber security series addresses the risks to businesses that are not armed with a cyber response plan or adequate insurance coverage. A number of business clients have asked ...

Marketing & Sales
Jun 1, 2016

An Employer’s Guide For Accepting Or Denying A Work Injury Claim

An employee’s claim of a work injury should set into motion a number of important considerations for an employer. The employer’s initial investigation of the alleged incident and claimed i ...

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May 15, 2016

The Pending Legal Landscape Of Labor And Employment Law

Numerous lawsuits and federal agencies may serve to shape labor and employment law across the country and in North Carolina. Here is a summary of some recent or pending outcomes: Discrimination Bas ...

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May 1, 2016

Creating A Breach Response Plan For A Cyber Attack

In this series on liability for cybersecurity breaches, the fifth component of a sound cybersecurity plan includes developing a breach response plan for when or if your business is hacked. The breach ...

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Apr 15, 2016

HB2’s Impact On Private And Public Employers

In the wake of North Carolina’s recently enacted House Bill 2 (HB2), employers have expressed concern with how the legislation now affects their responsibilities. While discussion of the controv ...

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Apr 1, 2016

The Fourth Goal Of A Cybersecurity Plan: Dispose Data Legally And Properly

In this series on drafting a cybersecurity plan for your business, the fourth aspect is discarding sensitive data. The type of data your business collects, and the laws around it, may dictate how and ...

Legal Issues
Mar 15, 2016

How To Gamble And Win With Workplace Games Of Chance

With March Madness upon us, employers are likely to encounter brackets and office betting pools. While office pools – like all unlicensed sports betting – are illegal, in the real world, b ...

Legal Issues
Mar 1, 2016

The Third Step To A Sound Cybersecurity Plan: Protecting Your Data

In this series on crafting a cybersecurity plan for your business, the third aspect of a plan implements ways to protect the personal data gathered and used by your business. While the best protection ...

Legal Issues
Feb 15, 2016

Step Two Of Your Cybersecurity Plan: Collect Only Necessary Personal Data

In returning to our cybersecurity series, the second of five keys to a sound cybersecurity plan considers collecting only the personal data that is necessary to your business’s needs. Recall tha ...

Legal Issues
Feb 1, 2016

Reporting Deadlines Extended For Large Employers Under The ACA

In taking a momentary break from the cybersecurity series, this article considers the upcoming reporting deadlines, which have recently been extended by the IRS, for those applicable large employers u ...

Legal Issues
Jan 15, 2016

The First Step Of Cybersecurity Plans: Know Your Data And Its Location

This article in a series on cybersecurity for businesses delves into the first of five main goals of a company’s cybersecurity policy: taking stock of all personal information your business poss ...

Legal Issues
Jan 1, 2016

Five Keys To Crafting A Cybersecurity Policy For Your Business

The New Year – and particularly 2016 – is a perfect time to review your company’s cybersecurity policies and make necessary changes. From governmental entities, to nonprofits who col ...

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