Finally, the Proposed Regulations Under Section 2704 (But Are They the Law?)

By Emilee H. Scheeff, Esq.           The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations that could drastically change the rules regarding transfers of family business interests. Background           In addition to many other business purposes, taxpayers routinely use limited partnerships and limited …

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11 Tips for Overwhelmed Executors

By Steven M. Wyatt, Esq.      Executors and administrators (sometimes called personal representatives) of estates shoulder a great deal of responsibility.  For this reason, trusted professionals familiar with the estate administration process are often the best choices.  However, in many cases, the …

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Information on Alabama Tax Amnesty Program

Sydney Cook & Associates, LLC recommends the following article regarding the Alabama Tax Amnesty Program.  Please click the title to view. Alabama Tax Amnesty Program Starts Thursday by Kim Smith, CPA, Tax Shareholder (Jamison, Money & Farmer P.C.) If you have any …

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What Employers Should Know About Background Checks

By R. Kevin Davis, Esq. Most all employers conduct some kind of background check on job applicants.  In the most basic sense a background check is any conduct on the part of an employer that seeks to discover information about a person’s …

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Estate Planning and the Paperless Client

by Emilee H. Scheeff, Esq. With more and more people going paperless and increasing their online presence, new issues are arising in estate planning and administration. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the person in charge of administering the estate to locate …

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Employee or Independent Contractor?

By R. Kevin Davis, Esq. It seems inevitable that in the practice of employment law you will come across a client that seeks to utilize the services of an independent contractor in his or her operations. These business owners must be careful …

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Sydney Cook & Associates Chili Cook Off Team (photo)

On February 14, 2015, Sydney Cook & Associates, LLC participated in the 9th Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa.  Team members included, from left to right: Mandy Wyatt, Valerie Bragg, Sharon Creel, Emilee Scheeff, and Steve Wyatt.

Modern Estate Planning

The following video is from a PowerPoint presentation given by Sydney Cook.  If you have any questions or comments regarding the content of the presentation please feel free to contact Mr. Cook at    

What is Needed for a Complete Estate Plan?

By Emilee H. Scheeff, Esq. Estate planning is something that no one likes to think about, but it is a necessary evil that we must all consider. People come up with all kinds of excuses as to why they haven’t done their …

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