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Client Profile: Quilts of Valor
Picture a young man away at war, awake during the night, sleepless with thoughts of battle and feelings of despair. He's hunched on the side of his bed, feeling cold and alone. Now, cut scene, and this same man is wrapped in a quilt. He's warm and comfortable, and his demeanor has changed from despair to hope and wellbeing. This was the dream that Catherine Roberts had on a night in 2003 while her son was deployed in Iraq. To her, this dream meant that quilts equal healing, and the Quilts of Valor Foundation was born.

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Consider State Taxes When Deciding Where to Live in Retirement
  For years, you've dreamed about your ideal retirement home. Regardless of whether you prefer the beach, the mountains or a location close to the grandkids, state taxes are an important consideration. Here, we explain the full range of state taxes to consider — including income, property and estate taxes — and then we highlight the importance of establishing domicile to prevent both your old and new states from claiming you owe them taxes.

Smart Ways to Handle Off-Site Employees
  Telecommuting eliminates many problems, but having employees working off site also creates unique management challenges. Read the "Full Article" for some tips on how to avoid some of the pitfalls and make telecommuting work at your company.

    Human Resources
What to Do with Impossible Employees? Clean House
  Successful CEOs were asked by a psychiatrist what is the most important factor in operating a winning company. The key? Don't waste time with impossible, destructive employees. For a tool to help you evaluate and identify these trouble-makers, click "Full Article."

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A Buy-Sell Agreement Can Protect Your Practice and Minimize Disputes
  In the wake of health care reform, practices may get new patients and need to hire one or more physicians to help with the workload. If these physicians intend to take a practice ownership share, it's important to make sure each one signs a buy-sell agreement. This can protect your practice from disputes. This article addresses defining and appraising assets, dividing practice income among partners, control issues and other considerations.