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3 challenges that any new business owner can face

Starting a business is no easy task, but studies show that millennials are not discouraged by the challenges every entrepreneur faces. In fact, according to a recent report, people born between 1980 and 2000 have a greater desire to start a business than previous generations. Further, millennials are more likely than other generations to have already started a business.

Does your estate plan really express your wishes?

Surveys and studies continue to confirm that fewer than half of Americans over the age of 55 have created an estate plan. This means many people must deal with the stress and frustration of taking their loved one's estates through probate and trying to guess their loved one's intentions for the end of life.

Too young to create an estate plan? Probably not.

The idea of estate planning might bring to mind a stuffy conference room with lawyers and a retirement-aged couple planning for the end of life. Creating something like a will, however, is not a stuffy and grim legal experience. It is a planning tool that can provide motivation, clarity and a sense of confidence among men and women of any age. 

3 types of disputes that can jeopardize your trust

Trusts can be essential tools in any estate plan. They can help people minimize taxes, avoid probate, secure funds for specific people and shield assets from unwanted parties. Considering how beneficial they can be, it is not surprising that people all across California have trusts as part of their estate plan.

Could agreement not to compete violate anti-trust laws?

Mergers and acquisitions are regulated by federal and state laws. These laws are in place to protect the market and prevent anticompetitive transactions, like those that would result in monopolies. Without these measures, one or a few companies could acquire all their competitors, drive up prices and lower the quality of their products and services.

Recognizing the challenges small business owners face this week

Did you know that this week is recognized across the country as National Small Business Week? For more than 50 years, this week has provided people in Fresno and all across the U.S. with the opportunity to stop and appreciate all that small businesses contribute to jobs, the economy and competition in the marketplace.

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