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At Craton, Switzer & Tokar LLP we represent individuals and businesses in all aspects of transactional and litigation matters. This includes business formations, contracts, loan documentation, collections, real estate law, divorce and child custody matters, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and litigation related to these areas. We focus our experience to address our clients’ legal needs through innovative solutions at competitive rates. With over 60 years of combined legal experience our staff is dedicated to personalized legal representation that goes beyond formula products and inaccessible attorneys. Understanding your needs and goals are our best means to providing quality, client centered legal services.  To facilitate this, we stay abreast of cutting edge information technology and communications.

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Asset Protection

Asset protection refers to legal processes used to protect assets against lawsuits and creditor seizures. While many methods exist, some of the more common include setting up a limited partnership, asset protection trust, or limited liability corporation.

Many people believe asset protection is reserved for the wealthy, but this isn't the case. One of the greatest threats toU.S.residents is lawsuits. Believe it or not, around 50,000 lawsuits are filed every day.  People often lose everything they own because they didn't engage in proper planning.

Personal lawsuits can quickly bankrupt a person's life savings and leave them swimming in debt for years to come. Professional malpractice and employment lawsuits can destroy a company that's been around for decades.

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Business Law

Business law affects every company regardless of its size or type of entity. Companies that fail to become familiar with these laws can face stiff penalties or even jail time for non-compliance. Therefore, it is vital to understand which laws apply to your business long before opening the doors.

Business law encompasses many venues including: advertising, privacy, disclosure, copyrights and intellectual property, finance, environmental regulations, uniform commercial code, workplace safety and health, and employment and labor laws.

Advertising law pertains to the way in which products are marketed to the customers. Businesses must comply with laws and regulations established by the Federal Trade Commission when advertising products.

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Family Law

Succession planning plays an instrumental role in readying employees for advancement. These methods are often referred to as 'grooming' employees, but the reality is these methods are vital for a company's overall success.

Companies that don't engage in succession planning may find their self in challenging situations if key personnel leave their position. Bringing employees up to speed to fill the role often results in delays and financial losses.

As a business grows and expands, owners need to identify employees that can be promoted into key positions. Owners should always have a 'right hand man' around that could take over business operations at any given time.

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Trusts are used to safeguard estate assets and reduce estate and inheritance taxes. Most people find the process somewhat confusing because there are different kinds of trusts and methods for setting them up. Some of the most common include: revocable, irrevocable, living, and testamentary trusts.

Essentially, trusts are used to secure property that is intended to benefit other people. While there are many kinds of trusts, each includes similar elements. Each involves the person creating the trust, the person managing the trust, and the people that benefit from the trust.

The individual that sets up the trust and is the owner of estate possessions is known as the Trustor. This person is also referenced by different names such as Donor, Settler, and Grantor. These terms vary by location, but always refer to the person making the trust.

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