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As we all know, over the last few months, COVID-19 caused a shutdown of many aspects of the U.S. and world economies. While the Great Recession of 2008 was caused by factors that were more industry-specific, such as the subprime mortgage crisis, the economic downturn that is projected to come out of the shutdowns mandated due to COVID-19 is likely to be more wide-ranging in light of the non-discriminative impact of the virus. Even hospitals, which are on the frontlines of combating COVID-19, felt the impact as fewer patients came for non-emergencies and as elective surgeries were postponed. Given this outlook, now is a critical time for companies to reassess their business and finances so that they can be prepared for the future. Proper planning is key to ensuring a company’s financial health when facing an economic downturn. Although companies will come into such planning with different levels of financial health, the same considerations can be helpful in determining the best path forward.
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By Sharon Meit Abrahams
As a firm leader it is your fiscal responsibility to address underperforming attorneys. With COVID-19 are your underperformers flying under the radar? The cost to a firm is not only to the bottom line, but to your reputation as a leader.
By Christopher Zegers
We’re never going back the way we were — and this will be to the benefit of firms, profitability, clients and lawyers if we make the right technology investments. Here’s some specific ways firms can capture these benefits.
By Sidney Kess
A key aspect of saving for retirement through qualified retirement plans and IRAs is deferring taxes until required minimum distributions (RMD) begin. Even with Roth IRAs, beneficiaries who inherit them must also follow RMD rules despite the tax-free treatment of the distributions. The SECURE Act and the CARES Act made dramatic changes in RMD rules for 2020 and beyond.
By Dan Packel
Some Firms Are Forming Subsidiaries to Deliver Legal Services In New Ways
Buyers have a broader slate of options in 2020 than ever before, whether that means handling more work in-house, hiring temporary lawyers during a crunch, or turning to a recently launched “alternative provider” to address the massive pile of contracts they need to manage.