The Challenges of Transactions Involving Trusts or Trust Property

Some loan transactions may involve trusts as borrowers, guarantors or pledgers of collateral. If the trust instruments permit, lenders may enter into transactions involving trusts, including those when the trustee or beneficiaries use the trust property as security for a loan. Even with permissive trust language, lenders should be careful in such transactions to ensure loan documents are properly executed and that the provisions and requirements of the Uniform Trust Code are complied with in order to ensure that the loan documents are enforceable and the lender receives a valid, perfected and enforceable security interest in the trust property or a valid obligation of the trust as borrower or guarantor.

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The IRS Has Kicked Another Hornet's Nest

Before December 30, 2013, a real estate developer rehabilitating a historic building in Virginia could have raised about 40% of his rehabilitation costs from outside parties. He accomplished this feat using a carefully structured limited liability company. Unfortunately, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals did not condone such a business structure in a case decided in early 2011.

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Criminal Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

Do you conduct background checks on job applicants or your employees? Take note! In a new joint publication, "Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know," the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission provide useful tips on complying with federal discrimination laws and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The publication reminds employers of the "do's and don't's" to comply with the FCRA procedures when running a background check.

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