Incorporating Gifting In Your Estate Plan

A carefully planned estate plan involves meeting not only one’s financial, but also one’s personal, objectives. By incorporating gifting in your estate plan, it is possible to minimize the need for probate administration, reduce the impact of estate, gift, and income taxes, and accelerate the enjoyment of the gifts by the recipient. Continue reading “Incorporating Gifting In Your Estate Plan” »

Why Employers are Personally Liable for Occupational Diseases — and What to do About It

Authored by Patrick J. Platter
Partner – The Law Firm of Neale & Newman, L.L.P.

Q.    Why is this subject important to my business?
For over seventy years, employers were only liable for occupational diseases suffered by employees through workers’ compensation. This meant that insurers, or self-insured workers’ compensation programs, provided full insurance coverage for medical treatment and disability benefits under the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law, regardless of Continue reading “Why Employers are Personally Liable for Occupational Diseases — and What to do About It” »

Independent Contractor or Employee? Avoiding Possible Sanctions and/or Penalties

By:  Daniel K. Wooten, Esq.

Increased governmental scrutiny of independent contractor relationships is a substantial concern for employers who use independent contractors in the work force.

Under President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, the United States Department of Labor would receive $46 million for initiatives with other agencies to fund Continue reading “Independent Contractor or Employee? Avoiding Possible Sanctions and/or Penalties” »