1. A New Business

    A new business is an exciting venture. The risks are great, but the rewards are totally worth all of the headaches. The major challenge with a new business is that the pieces must all  be in place to work towards success. Putting those pieces in place can sometimes be a guessing game. To build a successful foundation give Lyons|Sullivan a call, we are the business law experts. We are a small busi…Read More

  2. Planning For A Swift Exit

    You are an individual that has grown a wild idea into a successful small business. The years have been good to your business as it transitioned into a successful company. The day-to-day operations have been taken over by your children and you have been able to sit back and relax. Even if you are not ready to give up the reins just yet, it is time to develop an exit strategy. The estate planning ex…Read More

  3. Celebrities Get it Wrong

    It seems that every day there is another celebrity who dies young. Not only is this a tragedy because most of them are not of a ripe old age, but it seems that none of them had done any end-of-life planning. We see from the tabloids that most of them have family members that think that they deserve a piece of the fortune. All of which could have been avoided if the decedent had a will. It is baffl…Read More

  4. How To Give Everything To Your Kids

    A while ago we talked about what would happen if you were to sell your business to your valued employee that loves the business as much as you did. That is all well and good but what if it is your daughter who loves your hard-fought small business? Let’s say you have left her all of your business related assets in your will and think that everything is just fine. Well, what about the point when …Read More

  5. Looking into a 501(c) 3

    Let's say you are interested in creating a foundation in the name of a dear friend who died in an unfortunate accident. Something that you would like to raise awareness about and prevent others from experiencing the pain that accompanied your friend's death. Organizations such as this are always doing special activities to raise money and get the word out about the cause. Cause-groups such as thes…Read More

  6. Is Non-profit Your Passion?

    Starting a business is a tough decision that sometimes makes you give up everything to chase your dreams. Your passion could be about making the perfect cup of coffee, fixing cars or becoming the owner of a bookstore. All are noble pursuits that take imagination, drive and ambition to make into a small business. What if your passion lies in helping others, maybe raising money for a cause that is d…Read More

  7. Small Business Mergers

    You are a small business owner that believes in healthy competition and assisting the small business community to succeed. You have always been an advocate for the business community to stick together. In the current climate, it is difficult to succeed with your dreams because of all of the “bigger fish” in the pond. The car wash down the street has brought a large amount of business to your a…Read More

  8. Chasing your Dream

    You are about to be retire and have finally figured out what you would like to do with your life. It seems like just yesterday that you first tried skydiving, but in reality it has been 45 years since you learned how to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. The final years of your career were basically floating through your days dreaming of retirement. It was difficult to focus on the day-to-day …Read More

  9. Succession Planning and Legacy

    The road to owning your own insurance firm has been filled with potholes, rollercoaster rides and the occasional moment of bliss. The difficulty of starting and maintaining a successful business venture is never an easy task. You know what it is like to sit up at night and worry about your business. You love it, it has become part of your soul and now you want what is best for your business. It is…Read More

  10. Special Needs Trusts

    Few people who have not experienced it for themselves can understand how heavy the concerns for a disabled family member can weigh on the mind. Fear and anxiety about what will happen to them when you are gone is enough to keep you up most nights. If you speak about your concerns with others, you are sure to hear all types of advice, ranging from sound to--well, not so sound. Those who don’t und…Read More