2016 Tax Rate Update

We have received many questions recently about the 2016 tax laws, which may be driven by the fact that many Americans are finalizing their 2015 tax returns. The IRS announced its new inflation-adjusted tax rates for 2016, but in reality, the rates will not affect the majority of the U.S. population. The federal lifetime estate […]

“To Open Probate or Not to Open Probate, That is the Question”

One of the most frequent questions that our estate and probate department (http://www.cooperlevenson.com/Practice-Areas/Estate-Planning/) receives is how a surviving spouse manages assets that were jointly owned with the decedent. Generally, if a decedent owned assets outright (as opposed to jointly) at the time of his or her death, probate must be opened. If not, it may […]

Veterinary Offices Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) may not apply to animals, it does not mean that a veterinary practice should ignore cyber security best practices. Many veterinary owners believe that their practices will never be subject to the cyber security threats that we so often hear about in the news. However, many […]