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Renew Your Assumed Names…

Renew Your Assumed Names Online

As we noted before, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or “LARA,” has made renewing your corporation’s assumed name both easier and faster by offering renewals online. Eligible corporations whose assumed names will exp…
Assumed Names the New-Fas…

Assumed Names the New-Fashioned Way

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has been hard at work updating its processes.  There is more to come, but its latest announcement is that corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships can now renew as…
Trademark Fees on the Ris…

Trademark Fees on the Rise

Trademark applications are on the rise, and it appears that trademark fees will soon be as well. More than 500,000 class filings were submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2015, and that number is expected to continue…
Agreement to Agree is No…

Agreement to Agree is No Agreement

What happens when parties in a business negotiation “punt” a difficult decision down the field to a later day? Rather than finalize terms on an important issue, they simply pledge that they will “agree to agree” at some point in the future. O…
Paying “Volunteers” M…

Paying “Volunteers” Might Start a Fire

“Employee” or “Independent Contractor”?  Throughout my twenty year career, I have analyzed and argued this question on behalf of a host of clients in multiple industries.  Depending on how a worker is classified, the paying company may or m…
Waiving Fees for Honorabl…

Waiving Fees for Honorably Discharged Veterans

To start a company in Michigan (whether nonprofit or for-profit corporations or limited liability companies) you must file required documents with the Corporations Division of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA, for sho…
What’s Trending in Your…

What’s Trending in Your Workplace?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) publishes a biennial survey of human relations professionals and recently came out with its 2013 edition.  SHRM’s “Workplace Forecast” includes the ten overall key issues that  HR professionals…
Judicial Appointments Mad…

Judicial Appointments Made to the Michigan Business Court

In an effort to streamline corporate litigation and enhance Michigan’s business climate, the State of Michigan has established the “Michigan Business Court” — a specialized docket system to which business law cases will be assigned starting t…
Tedious Resolutions and C…

Tedious Resolutions and Corporate Record Books

One week into the New Year, how many of your resolutions remain intact?  A recent news report highlighted the big business gyms and fitness clubs do in January – and the rapid fall off in February when human nature reverts to custom.  Resolutions…