While attorneys receive their education and build experience in practicing law, not many are educated or trained to run a business. And make no mistake about it, a law firm is a business. Attorney Kerry Lavelle, author of the American Bar Association publication “The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm” spent 25 years building his own successful practice. He has now launched Lavelle Consulting, a new enterprise dedicated to helping law firms operate more efficiently and profitably. In this introduction Kerry explains the audit process and covers the key areas that he and his colleagues are prepared to evaluate and address to help other attorneys improve the law practice operations.
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is the largest collection agency in the country and by far the most powerful; it is empowered by the U.S. Congress to take actions necessary to collect taxes owed to the federal government. The IRS’ wide-ranging power that includes but is not limited to liens and levies can easily create some fear among those who owe the federal government for unpaid taxes. Attorney Tim Hughes discusses the procedures the IRS follows in its collections process. Tim explains options available to those who find themselves owing the federal government for unpaid taxes. A common misconception about tax debt is that those who end up owing the government are “bad” people. Unplanned life events and outside factors can lead almost anyone into owing on taxes. Tim discusses what a person can do, when those events occur that create an unmanageable tax debt.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While we plan for the inevitability of taxes, we often neglect to plan for our eventual passing. Attorney Heather Walser discusses what it means to have an estate plan and why everyone needs one. Heather explains how a well-drafted estate plan anticipates not just your death, but your incapacity as well. A common misconception about estate planning is that its only purpose is to distribute your assets to your surviving family and friends when you die. While taking care of your loved ones after your death is one of the goals of an estate plan, a comprehensive plan should also take care of you. Without a proper estate plan, your loved ones will lack the tools and direction to accomplish your wishes.
With heightened awareness around immigration issues, there has been an unwelcome increase in scams and unscrupulous behavior around support for foreign citizens seeking assistance here in the US. Immigration attorney Vishal Chhabria provides a primer on steps individuals should take to protect themselves and their interests when dealing with their immigration status.
Few topics garner more attention these days than immigration. Aside from political rhetoric, there are many aspects of immigration that are essential to many individuals, families and businesses on a daily basis. Lavelle Law immigration attorney Vishal Chhabria takes a look at some of the central themes of immigration law and highlights key factors for those seeking assistance with issues.
Attorney and author, Kerry Lavelle, presents key aspects of corporate governance. So much of the success of a small to mid-sized business depends on decisions made before opening the doors. Kerry details the value – legally, financially and operationally – of the legal relationships that are created when starting a business and the pitfalls that are caused by the uninformed. He explains the importance of properly documenting internal and external agreements, and carefully navigating the legal relationships formed as a business owner. Proper guidance from an established business attorney before beginning operations can prevent much more extensive involvement of litigation, employment, or even bankruptcy attorneys later. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
Ted McGinn, Managing Partner at Lavelle Law, discusses many legal issues regarding starting a business and addresses the top legal concerns people should consider when beginning the process. This great resource is highly recommended before starting your own business.
Attorney Kerry Lavelle recently joined Joyce Brafford of the North Carolina Bar Association Center for Practice Management for a Meet the Author webinar. Joyce and Kerry discussed the American Bar Association book that Kerry authored, The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm.
Kerry Lavelle, founding partner of Lavelle Law and author of The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm discusses best practices for attorneys to follow in building and maintaining great client relationships.
You may be very familiar with advertisements for tax relief services. These companies often make bold claims about being able to eliminate your tax debt and beat the IRS. What you need to know is that a tax debt is a legal matter and you need a qualified tax attorney to handle cases of this nature. Lavelle Law tax attorney Joshua Nesser explains key steps to solving tax debt issues and shares warnings about the pitfalls of working with tax relief services.