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Advantages of a sole proprietorship

Are you thinking about starting a business? Will you be hiring any employees? If you will be the only person working with the business, operating as a sole proprietorship is your best option. There are a handful of advantages of running a business using this legal model, and we will discuss them in today's post.

An important advantage of a sole proprietorship is that you face fewer business fees. It can hundreds of dollars to register as an LLC or any other type of business. There are zero fees associated with operating as a sole proprietorship, just having to pay your income taxes every year at the state and federal levels.

How to talk to your child about a child custody arrangement

If you and the other parent of your children enter into a custody arrangement either on your own or with the help of the court, you will need to follow the arrangement to the letter. One of the most difficult areas of child custody that you need to discuss is the arrangement with your children, so they know where they will be living, going to school and who they will be spending their time with every couple of days.

Sit your children down with the other parent during a scheduled time so that you are not rushing through the discussion. Both parents should be present to tell the children what is going to happen moving forward.

How can you know which chapter of bankruptcy is right for you?

Making the choice to file for consumer bankruptcy is not easy. If you are facing this decision, it is likely because you are struggling with overwhelming debt and have no hope of paying it back without help. For many Wisconsin consumers, this is a reasonable way to make creditor harassment stop, deal with certain types of debt and obtain a better financial future. 

Deciding to move forward with a bankruptcy filing is only the first step. You will then have to decide if you will file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which are the two most common options. There are distinct differences between these two chapters, and the right choice depends on the details of your financial situation and other factors. 

Tips for avoiding contract disputes

Taking charge of a business takes a lot of dedication and willpower. You will eventually run into problems with employees, vendors, contractors and customers. There's plenty of steps you can take to avoid many of the problems companies face. The first thing you need to do is write solid contracts. But, it's possible contract disputes can arise. Here are some tips for avoiding contract disputes.

It's smart to live in the present when writing a contract, but it's also a good idea to plan for future problems. You won't be able to pinpoint every single problem your company might run into in the future, but planning for a few could help prevent some difficult contract disputes with employees, vendors and other entities.

Medical debt leads many to file for bankruptcy

Whether due to emergency room visits, an unexpected diagnosis, surgeries or more, medical bills can quickly accumulate. Even after negotiating a payment plan with your medical provider, the debt may seem never-ending.

According to CNBC, two-thirds of those filing for bankruptcy cite medical issues as a main factor in their decision. This ranks above an inability to afford mortgage payments, living beyond one’s means, financially supporting others, student loans and divorce. If you have substantial medical debt, what do you need to know?

Reasons to hire a real estate attorney

Every now and then you might need the help of an experienced real estate attorney in Wisconsin. Why? There are plenty of reasons why it's important to hire a real estate attorney and all of them lead to protecting you should a lawsuit arise with the city, another property owner, a landlord or a tenant. The most important reasons to hire this type of attorney are discussed in this post.

One of the best reasons to hire an attorney experienced with real estate is when you decide to purchase a commercial property. Commercial real estate transactions are some of the most expensive in the state. Don't let your interest in this purchase be at risk by entering into an agreement without the help of an attorney.

The 2 keys to post-bankruptcy credit rebuilding

One of the main things that people ask when considering bankruptcy, understandably, is how they can rebuild their credit after they file. In fact, many people are under the impression that filing for bankruptcy means you ruin your credit forever and that you'll never get a loan again.

First things first: That's not how bankruptcy works. It does not mean your credit is ruined forever. It does not mean you can never get another loan. You can. It may just take work to get your credit score back up to where you want it again. To do it, there are two keys: Secured cards and on-time payments.

Why you should meet with an attorney before divorce is imminent

Many people put off talking with a family law attorney until they're certain they want to divorce their spouse -- or until their spouse asks them for a divorce. They're afraid that talking to a lawyer makes something real that may not be yet -- or ever. They may be concerned that an attorney will talk them into getting a divorce when they haven't made up their mind yet. No responsible attorney will do that.

Why should you talk with an attorney before you've made up your mind about your marriage or if you only suspect that your spouse may be ready to end it? It's wise to be prepared, to understand Wisconsin family law statutes and to know how the process works. This can be empowering.

Business bankruptcy and your credit history

Declaring bankruptcy is the sum of all fears for many business owners. If you’ve reached that point and there are no other alternatives, then you need to proceed to filing Chapter 7 and dissolving the business. While you’re aware that the bankruptcy adversely affects credit history, you may not be sure how it will affect you.

Different laws apply to sole proprietorship, general partnership and corporations. The laws governing the structure of your business determines how it affects your credit score. In addition, your credit score hinges on the financing or debt for the business. You are personally responsible for a personally guaranteed business loan, business credit card in your name or any other underwritten debt you signed for.

Making ends meet as a single parent may take some creativity

Sometimes, divorced parents find themselves with sole custody of their children and little, if any, financial support from their co-parent. While noncustodial parents have an obligation to help support their children, sometimes they simply don't have the resources to provide much help. In some cases, they may be incarcerated and unable to help at all.

Whatever the situation, if you're now a financially strapped single parent, there are things you can do to keep your family afloat as you adjust to your new family dynamic. This often requires some thinking outside-the-box, creativity and not being afraid to ask for help.

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