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Power of attorney abuse: What you can do about it
A financial power of attorney — sometimes called a “power of attorney for property” or a “general power of attorney” — can be a valuable estate planning tool. The main disadvantage is that it’s susceptible to abuse by scam artists, dishonest caretakers or greedy relatives. Help or harm The most common type is the durable power of attorney, which allows someone (the agent) to act on behalf of another person...
Feeling lucky? How to find a pot of gold in your financials
Every business experiences occasional cash shortages. When this happens, owners often assume they should go out and sell more. But this strategy can sometimes compound money troubles over the short run. Why? The answer lies in a concept known as the “cash gap.” Understanding this concept can help your business generate extra cash to meet working capital needs. Here’s how. Focus on the balance sheet The cash gap is a...
Keeping a trust a secret could violate state law
If your estate plan includes one or more trusts, you may have a good reason for wanting to keep them a secret. For example, you may be concerned that, if your children or other beneficiaries knew about the trust, they might spend recklessly or neglect educational or career pursuits. Despite your good intentions, however, the law in many states requires trustees to disclose certain information to beneficiaries. Disclosure requirements One...
5 estate planning tips for the sandwich generation
The “sandwich generation” accounts for a large segment of the population. These are people who find themselves caring for both their children and their parents at the same time. In some cases, this includes providing parents with financial support. As a result, estate planning — which traditionally focuses on providing for one’s children — has expanded in many cases to include aging parents as well. Including your parents as beneficiaries of...
At The Hoffman Group, we take a personal interest in your success. Drawing on over 60 years of combined practice, our team has a breadth of experience in anticipating challenges businesses may face and developing strategic plans to meet their financial objectives. We focus on an array of industries such as construction, manufacturing and distribution, and government contracting to help you make healthy financial and business decisions that amplify profitability and maximize competitiveness.