Alaska’s Aging Fleet: Alaska’s Other Retirement Crisis

Written by:  Holly C. Wells It seems each season a new television series pops up, magnifying the mystery of Alaska’s waters and the lucky men and women that build their lives around them. One story that remains untold, however, is that of the Alaska fleet and its very real need for a retirement plan. Alaska [...]

March 10th, 2017|

Copper River Nouveau Trip of a Lifetime

Written by: Elisabeth Ross, pictured below with her husband, Ben Long Elisabeth (Lisa) Ross recently returned from a two week trip to the South Island of New Zealand sponsored by a board member of the Prince William Sound Science Center, a non-profit research and education center in Cordova, Alaska that Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot [...]

March 4th, 2017|

SBA Changes Its Joint Venture Profit Distribution Requirements: Profits must be distributed commensurate with the work performed

Written by: Carissa Siebeneck The SBA published an important regulatory change in a December corrections notice, so it may have slipped under the radar of your normal SBA rulemaking monitoring. In a correcting amendments notice published on December 27, 2016, the SBA changed the profit distribution rules for joint ventures applicable to 8(a) joint ventures [...]

March 1st, 2017|

IRS Makes Sweeping Changes to Determination Letter Program

Written by Amy P. Walters   The IRS has overhauled its determination letter program in a revenue procedure that sweeps away the five-year remedial amendment periods previously used to gauge whether a retirement plan document conformed to the requirements of the Code. The IRS will no longer periodically review individually designed plans, but will only [...]

February 28th, 2017|

Expect More Bid Protests

Written by Max D. Garner and Adam W. Cook Construction is Alaska’s third-largest industry, employing more than 16,000 people. Of the more than $7 billion spent on construction last year, more than one third was for public projects. These projects are usually competitively bid. In January 2017 the Alaska Dispatch News reported an anticipated drop [...]

February 24th, 2017|

Jason Brandeis Discusses Supreme Court Changes With CBS News

Birch Horton attorney Jason Brandeis was recently interviewed by Alaska's CBS News affiliate about the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Brandeis, also a professor who [...]

February 23rd, 2017|

BHBC Launches New Website

Written by David Karl Gross   BHBC is pleased to announce the creation and launch of its new website. This website is designed to more accurately set forth the legal services we provide. One of the new features of this website is our Publications and News page where we will routinely post news stories. The stories on [...]

February 17th, 2017|