What’s the Difference Between Independent Contractors and W-2 Employees?

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It’s important for employers to know the difference between independent contractors and W-2 employees for legal reasons. Sometimes differentiating between the two is frustrating and confusing, especially for an employer, but it’s a necessary employment step.

Independent contractors and employees can be paid for the same or similar work, but it’s vital to know the legal differences between them.

Below are some ways to determine if someone is an employee or an independent contractor.

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How Often Should You Review Your Estate Plan?

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An estate plan isn’t a one-time thing, written just to be set aside to collect dust. Life changes. Laws and regulations change.

Reviewing your estate plan regularly and during major life events, regardless of the last update, will help make sure your affairs are in order.

Here’s everything you need to know about when you should review your estate plan.  

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What to Do if Your Employer Doesn’t Pay You on Time

The facts are simple: it is illegal for your employer to not pay you on time. Under the Department of Labor’s Federal Labor Standards Act, an employer must pay an employee when payment is due — whether that’s once a month, every two weeks, or in some cases, as frequently as every day, depending on what state you live in and your profession.

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How Do Annual Family Gifts Reduce Estate Taxes?

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Annual family gifts reduce estate taxes for individuals who have funds that they want to turn into tax-exempt gifts.

Shrinking your estate taxes is about making sure your hard-earned and meticulously-saved money will be used for purposes important to you — like paying for your grandchildren’s college educations — not going into government pockets.

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Estate Planning Tips for Empty Nesters

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No more school buses. No more huge grocery lists. The last bird has left, and now the nest is empty!

You may feel sad or you may be overjoyed. You may not truly feel like an “empty nester” if you are still paying college tuition or loans for college tuition. You may just be trying to remember what life is like without your kids in the house. Either way, one thing you may overlook is the importance of taking a step back and taking a look at your estate as a whole.

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When You’re Expecting an Inheritance

The “great wealth transfer” is underway. Over the next few decades, Baby Boomers will pass on $30 trillion in assets to Generation X and Y. If you’ve talked to your older loved ones about estate planning, you may have an idea of the scope of the assets that will wind up in your hands eventually. Have you calculated how this will affect your own estate planning?

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What Will Happen to Your Digital Assets When You Pass Away?

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Much attention is given to how to handle your personal property after death, in the physical world. What about the digital footprint you have left behind? From cryptocurrency to domain names to online stores to your Twitter feed – do you have a plan in place for each of these digital assets and who will assume ownership or responsibility for termination?

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How Estate Planning Changes After Your Children Graduate

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Young children in the family offer powerful motivation for parents to put an estate plan in place. It’s imperative to ensure growing young ones will be taken care of by the desired guardian in the event of a parent’s premature passing, and it’s important that the guardian have access to the funds to “launch” the child in place of the deceased parent.

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