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Catalyst Law LLC

Client Highlight: Interview with Janine Firpo, Board Member of Zebras Unite

An Interview with Janine Firpo, a values-aligned investor, angel investor, and social innovator who is on the Board of Directors of Zebras Unite.
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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA)

What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?  The CARES Act established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as a temporary expansion of the traditional Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program for small businesses. The $349-billion fund is intended to provide forgivable loans to help small businesses cover the costs of payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or...
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Business Divorce and Fiduciary Duties

Proper Planning to Avoid Disputes Between Business Owners If you enter into a marriage with your own assets, it is considered reasonable and practical for you to ask your future spouse to enter into a premarital agreement even though you both hope and plan for a happy and healthy marriage.  It also seems reasonable and...
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Congratulations on Your PPP Loan! Now What?

Maximizing Forgiveness of Your PPP Loan The second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding is available, so now is a good time to take a closer look at the CARES Act and SBA guidance to understand how to maximize your potential forgiveness.  Please note that the PPP loan provisions of the CARES Act are...
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Six Legal Considerations for U.S.-Based Non-Profits Operating Overseas

Many non-profit organizations may advance their charitable missions with cross-border operations. Non-profits operating internationally should consider these six issues: 1. Grantmaking Generally, a U.S. based public charity (as opposed to a private foundation) can make a grant to a foreign charity if the granting organization retains “discretion and control” over the use of funds raised, reviewing...
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Our Partnership with Geezer Gallery

One of the highlights of 2017 is the new artwork up on the walls thanks to our new partnership with the The Geezer Gallery. A local nonprofit organization, the Geezer Gallery showcases artists, age 60 and above, in its gallery and other locations in the community. As a participant in the new Art Vault program,...
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Moratorium on IRS Guidance: What’s next?

At a conference in New York sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute on February 13, 2017, Treasury and IRS officials discussed two new Trump administration policy changes limiting substantive IRS guidance for “a while.”  The first policy is the administration’s unusual “one-in, two-out” executive order, which generally requires agencies to eliminate two regulations for every...
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The Future of the Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes

Under the current federal transfer tax system, there is a 40% tax on estates of individuals dying with more than $5.49 million in assets. Gifts made during lifetime are added to transfers at death for purposes of calculating the $5.49 million limit. (With proper planning, the limit is doubled for married couples.) Transfers greater than...
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stopping the billable hour clock

Stopping the Clock – Fixed Fee Billing

We started Catalyst, in part, to experiment with innovations in law practice.  We want to practice law in ways that are better for clients and better for the lawyers serving them.  In that spirit, as of January 1, 2017, we are stopping the billable hour clock and transitioning to fixed-fee billing arrangements for most estate...
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Catalyst Law Blog

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

The articles in this blog are intended to help educate you on some common issues people in Oregon face during divorces, custody disputes, and other family law matters.

The information provided is general and is not intended to be legal advice for any specific case. Reading these articles is not a substitute for consulting with a family law attorney.

Latest Articles

Protect Your Tax-Exempt Status and Avoid Personal Liability: A Guide for Boards of Directors Considering Compensation of Nonprofit Executives and Other Insiders
February 18, 2021
8 Tips to Maximize Your Charitable Contributions This Giving Tuesday
December 1, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA)
July 6, 2020
Business Divorce and Fiduciary Duties
June 1, 2020
Congratulations on Your PPP Loan! Now What?
May 1, 2020