Business and Corporate Law

► What you need to know about copyrights

Most people have heard the word “copyright” or at least have seen the symbol “©” – but what exactly is a copyright? Overview of Copyrights A copyright protects an original work of authorship that is fixed in a tangible form of expression or medium, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. Copyrighted materials may include […]

Health Law | Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, Texas

► $2.5M settlement shows that not understanding HIPAA requirements creates financial risk

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).  In 2012, CardioNet, a company that remotely monitors patients at risk for cardiac arrhythmias, reported to the HHS Office […]

Mary O'Connor | Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

► The SEC’s reach may be longer than you think

Privately-owned businesses and individuals can be surprised to receive a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requiring them to produce extensive documents or give testimony. What does the SEC do, and how does it touch on private companies and private individuals? The Role of the SEC in Enforcing Securities Laws By its own […]

A big phish is in the water – BEC

That flowery email from a Nigerian Prince who can’t spell has been supplanted by a far more dangerous phish — the Business Email Compromise (“BEC”). According to the FBI, in the past two years over 8,000 businesses, small and large, have been victimized by BEC attacks for combined losses of over $1.2 billion. What is […]

Christian Kelso | Farrow-GIllespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

It’s time to make your 663(b) trust and estate distributions!

Trusts and estates often pay more tax than individuals in like circumstances.  This is not because they are taxed at higher rates, but rather because the same rates applicable to individuals are “compressed,” meaning that each marginal rate increase happens at a lower level of income than it does for individuals.  For example, the highest […]