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West Virginia Opportunity Zones: Investment Opportunities Benefiting the Mountain State

One of the most innovative provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 115-97) is the creation of Qualified Opportunity Zones (Opportunity Zones or QOZ) and Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds (Opportunity Zone Funds or QOF) in all 50 states. Together, the Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Zone Funds function to encourage economic development and create jobs in distressed areas, both in rural and low-income urban communities. West Virginia Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Zone Funds provide tax advantages based on investment in the economic development of designated areas in the Mountain State.

A Skilled WV Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer Closes the Deal

Merger or acquisition? These terms are interchangeable in everyday discourse. However, they have distinct, different legal meanings. If you are involved in such a transaction--in West Virginia (WV) or elsewhere--it is crucial to know the difference. Your WV mergers and acquisitions lawyer should command a thorough knowledge of these legal distinctions and the nuances of each. The attorneys of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC are experienced and trusted advisors who guide companies through the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process.

Obtaining and Reapplying for a US Student Visa

A non-US citizen desiring to study as a nonimmigrant at a US educational institution must obtain a student visa. The F-1 visa is the most common US student visa because it is an academic visa used to attend a college, university, or other learning institution that is accredited by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are other student visas, including the M-1 visa for vocational programs and the J-1 visa for other exchange programs, but this article discusses the F-1 visa.

WV Gun Laws for Businesses: The Impacts of HB 4187

Significant changes were made to WV gun laws for businesses in the 2018 legislative session. House Bill 4187, an amendment to West Virginia Code §61-7-14, created the Business Liability Protection Act. The Act effectively bans businesses from restricting the rights of individuals to stow a firearm in a personal vehicle on employer property under certain circumstances.

Golder Named Best Lawyers 2018 Charleston, WV Commercial Transactions and UCC "Lawyer of the Year"

Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is proud to announce that Stephen J. Golder, head of the Business Services Section, has been named the 2018 Charleston, WV Commercial Transactions and UCC "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America©. In addition to this prestigious title, Steve has previously been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® for his work in four additional business law practice areas: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Real Estate Law.

The Role of Your WV Business Succession Planning Attorney

Savvy business owners know they have the best chance of meeting their business transition goals when they start early. Whether your company just opened its doors or retirement is right around the corner, you can get on track and stay there with the help of a business succession planning attorney experienced in your market. Whether you do business in West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), or Ohio (OH), or elsewhere, you'll learn what to expect from your business succession planning attorney in this article.


The value of a small business is not an absolute. Unfortunately, no business valuation calculator can effectively capture and account for the assets of a company. It is often more productive financially to engage the services of a business ownership transition attorney than to attempt to maximize company value without expert advice. This is one area where short-cutting usually leads to short-changing.


Small business owners who have decided to pursue an internal ownership transition often struggle with where to start. This blog is the fourth in a series of six designed to help small business owners ease into the transition process. In this article, we'll focus on how to identify potential successors in the internal transition process.


Business succession planning is a process. It takes time to define your goals and structure your plan to best achieve those goals. This blog is the third in a series of six designed to help small business owners make important decisions about business ownership transition. Whether you do business in West Virginia (WV) or elsewhere, you'll learn helpful tips from reading this blog series.


If you want to know more about business succession planning, you've come to the right place. This blog is the second in a set of six designed to help small business owners understand the importance of the succession planning process. If you missed it, read the first in the series: "Business Succession Planning: The Key to Your Future." This second blog will help you define your succession planning goals and get started in the business succession planning process.
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