Why ALL Business Partnerships Must Have a “Buy-Sell” Agreement

Any business or medical practice with multiple owners must have a funded buy-sell agreement in place to protect the partners and their families from the death or exit of a partner. We look at what should be covered in this essential legal document and what happens when it isn’t complete. What is a “buy-sell” agreement?  […]

More Self Defense for Captive Insurance Company Owners

Captive insurance companies may be ticking times bombs of legal and financial liability for their owners. Captive owners must act quickly, be educated about specific risks and be well represented by counsel. I previously provided specific examples of the abusive fact patterns that have drawn the ire of the I.R.S. and a list of red flags […]

Protect Your Business or Medical Practice From Internal Fraud

Business and medical practice owners and managers must be aware of internal fraud and embezzlement that often capitalizes on recurring year-end cycles in revenue, spending and inventory and a lack of regular oversight. I covered some of the external fraud scheme you face at year-end in another discussion including a detailed look at invoice fraud.  While I provided […]

Negative Publicity: Crisis Management for Businesses, Medical Practices

Issues in the news like the recent Ashley Madison data dump prove how negative publicity related to your practice or  the personal activities of any of its owners or employees, can have devastating effects on your professional reputation and financial solvency. Regardless of the cause, every business and medical practice owner and manager should understand some PR crisis […]

Employment Manuals Commonly Overlooked in Asset Protection Plans

Medical practices and other businesses of all types face many types of risk outside the strict scope of their professional liability. One major lawsuit risk to business owners and doctors is employment-related lawsuits that must be mitigated with a professionally drafted employment manual. I continually stress that a good asset protection plan has many layers, including management of all reasonably anticipatable risks. […]

Crisis Management: Dealing with Bad Press at Your Business

 Events beyond your control and outside the scope of your business can cause reputational damage and receive media and public attention that can literally shut your business down. Knowing how to handle such an event should be part of your asset protection plan. A previous article examined the different types of crisis plans required to operate any business, especially one that […]

Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Medical Practices, Businesses

Many doctors and business owners across the U.S. are in the process of working on selling their practices and/or on a succession plan. Here are four common legal issues to watch out for when selling your medical practice, or any other business: 1. Failing to be independently represented Whether buying or selling a practice, it’s […]

Asset-Protection Basics You Must Understand in 2015

Here are some key conceptual issues about Asset Protection doctors and business owners should understand as we go into a new year: 1. The best medicine, just as in your profession, is prevention, not treatment. Timing is always a key concept from a legal perspective; you may be legally unable to act (fraudulent conveyance, voidable […]

D.E.A. Raid on NFL and Doctors: Opiod Prescription Risks

A recent DEA operation included the surprise search and interview of players and staff including medical staff of several NFL football teams including the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to news reports. This investigative action comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed on behalf of former players alleging that NFL doctors […]

Employment Review Tips for Your Medical Practice or Busienss

A new year is a logical time to a handle a variety of employment related issues. Employee reviews are a key part of the process that will help you manage liabilities and encourage continued success and performance. We’ve covered a variety of employment related issues ranging from the basic steps all business and medical practice owners and […]