Self-Settled Asset Protection Trusts

An old curse of somewhat unsettled origin states: “May you live in interesting times.”  For many individuals, a plan for interesting times should include consideration of the use of a self-settled asset protection trust. A self-settled asset protection trust (SSAPT) allows an individual to protect assets from creditors, while allowing the creator of the trust… Read more

Judge Blocks Trump’s Order Banning Transgender Soldiers

“The most powerful person in America is a US District Court Judge” Finding that the Trump Administration’s proposed transgender ban “does not appear to be supported by any facts,” U.S. Dist. Ct. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the preliminary injunction on Monday, October 30. The Judge determined, in essence, the group of transgender service members seeking to… Read more

Trick or Treat? Operating a business without the right cybersecurity insurance in place can be truly terrifying.

Cybersecurity insurance policies should be a key piece of your cybersecurity protection plan.  However, don’t let yourself get tricked into believing that all policies are created equal.  Just like any insurance policy, there are many points to consider.  Here are just a few: 1. Be conscious of the coverage exclusions. While your business may be considering… Read more

Contracting with the Department of Defense?

Cybersecurity Compliance Deadlines Are Approaching Entities contracting with the Department of Defense (“DOD”) face a December 31, 2017 deadline to comply with modified DOD cybersecurity requirements. The modified requirements impose heightened reporting obligations, which require investigation and rapid reporting of a cyber incident.  By the end of 2017, contractors may have to take preventative measures… Read more

Deferred Compensation and the Disability Claims Regulation

The Department of Labor has issued a regulation that expands the procedural requirements for disability claims made under employee benefit plans. Plans are required to be in compliance with the regulation by January 1, 2018. This regulation, as might be expected, will apply to claims made under short-term and long-term disability plans. What might not be… Read more

New Revised Form I-9 Issued

New form becomes mandatory beginning September 18 On Monday, July 17, 2017, a newly revised Form I-9 (this link requires Adobe Reader or equivalent PDF viewer) was issued was by USCIS. This one will take the place of the I-9 form issued on November 14, 2016, and there will be a gradual phase-in period until September 17,… Read more

Love the Summer…But Don’t Get Bitten!

I love the summer. Warm weather, outdoor activities, the beach but there is also the bite of being outside. For your business that “bite” often comes with the change of the July 1 calendar. Many new laws have been implemented with that turn of the calendar so you must be aware of a few changes that… Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Patent Decision: Venue Matters

New Supreme Court Decision Not Free License to Transfer Patent Cases A recent patent ruling from the United States Supreme Court is already making waves in the Eastern District of Virginia. Federal Circuit precedent has previously allowed a plaintiff alleging patent infringement to file suit wherever the alleged infringer sells the relevant good. However in… Read more

The Supreme Court’s New Take on Patent Exhaustion

“…a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose or the location of the sale.” On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., expanding the scope… Read more