Author: Lotus Law Firm

There are several ways to take ownership of real property, each with its own implications for ownership rights, transferability, and estate planning:  1.      Sole Ownership: when one person or entity holds title to the property. The person or legal entity has full control over the property and can transfer ownership through with a legal instrument.  2.      Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship:...

When selling your business, there are two primary methods used to structure the sale: an asset sale and a stock sale.    Asset Sale    Structure of Deal In an asset sale, the buyer purchases specific assets and liabilities of the business rather than acquiring ownership interest or equity in the company itself. The buyer can select the assets it wants to acquire, such as...

Employees who join startups in their beginning stages are often compensated with a salary, a signing bonus and a number of stock options, referred to as Incentive Stock Options (ISOs). Incentive Stock Options are an employee benefit that offers the employee a right to purchase the company’s stock at a discount. As the name implies, Incentive Stock Options are incentive...

Real estate investing can offer several tax advantages to investors. Depreciation One of the most significant tax benefits to real estate investing is depreciation. The Internal Revenue (IRS) allows real estate investors to deduct a portion of the property’s value as depreciation expenses over its useful life. The IRS considers residential rental properties to have a useful life of 27.5 years, while...

An easement allows a party to use real property that belongs to another party. When purchasing a residential or commercial property, it is important to understand what easements affect the property. Types of Easements An easement has a servient estate on which the easement is located on and a dominant estate which is given a right to use the easement. Easements should...

Commercial real estate lease transactions are complex undertakings that require a comprehensive understanding of the legal and financial implications. Successfully negotiating a commercial lease involves understanding of the commercial real estate market conditions, the roles of brokers, lawyers and other professionals such as certified public accountants, and the terms of the lease. It is during the negotiating phase that the...

Since the creation of Bitcoin in 2009, cryptocurrency has become a common term used in the investments market.  The rise of cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, however, has raised questions concerning regulation and investor protection. Cryptocurrencies A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that can be exchanged as an alternative form of payment or for investment purposes. Creation of cryptocurrency units...

The Corporate Transparency Act (“Act”) takes effect on January 1, 2024. The federal Act was passed to provide more transparency into the ownership and control structure of small and medium-sized businesses in order to prevent money laundering, tax fraud and other illegal activities. Reporting Requirements The Act requires certain small and medium-sized businesses to report information on the company and...

A new Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act, codified in RCW 24.03A (the “New Act”) took effect on January 1, 2022, with changes applying retroactively. The New Act also applies to homeowners’ associations formed under Washington’s Nonprofit Corporation Act.The New Act clarifies the relationship between members in a membership nonprofit corporation and the organization, the rules with regard to governance by the...

When operating a company, it is important to consider the intellectual property that is created and used in the business. This is especially important for technology and manufacturing companies. Steps taken early on to establish intellectual property rights have long term effects on a company’s ability to capitalize on the intellectual property and avoid infringement claims. Below are 5 steps...