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Pebbles in a Pond

Pebbles in a Pond

Ray Randolph is a well-known and highly respected Southeast Michigan businessman. His is a face I look forward to seeing at every Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce event I attend. His affable spirit and booming voice lift me up every time.… Read More
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Planning for a SECURE Fut…

Planning for a SECURE Future

There is a retirement savings crisis looming in America. Not only are we living longer, but according to Northwestern Mutual, a third of those approaching retirement age have less than $25,000 socked away in a retirement plan. Further, the U.S. Burea… Read More
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Could the State Be Holdin…

Could the State Be Holding Your Property?

Have you ever searched your name or the name of a loved one on the Michigan Unclaimed Property webpage? We always do a name search when a family retains our firm after a loved one has died, and I even search my own name every few years. The Unclaimed… Read More
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Efficiency, Transparency…

Efficiency, Transparency and Protection

You may have noticed that the IRS has been pushing us more and more toward electronic filings, as opposed to paper. Up until now, most nonprofits have escaped that push. That exemption from electronic filing requirements vanished this summer, however… Read More
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"Leave, or I'll Shoot"

Michigan courts have authored several landmark decisions having national significance. One of the most famous is Pond v. People, which clarified the principle of self-defense and the defense of others. In 1859, Augustus Pond and his family spent the… Read More
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Protecting Your Good Name

Protecting Your Good Name

If you are in business, there are plenty of good reasons to set up a corporation or a limited liability company. High on that list is the ability to prevent a competitor from stealing your business name. So long as your corporation or limited liabili… Read More
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Real Property Pitfalls

Real Property Pitfalls

I’m constantly amazed at the number of ways that people can mess up real estate transactions. Just this past week, two particularly striking examples crossed my desk. The first was an easement agreement prepared by one attorney and reviewed by a se… Read More
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The Scams Just Keep on Co…

The Scams Just Keep on Coming

Scams can be big and bold, small and pesky, or anything in between. Here are a couple that probably qualify as small and pesky, yet are of interest because they target us here in Michigan: The Principal Residence Exemption (PRE), which gives Michigan… Read More
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Feeling Generous? Gift Aw…

Feeling Generous? Gift Away!

We can each gift unlimited wealth to our spouses without having to pay gift tax. In addition, we can each make lifetime gifts totaling $11,400,000 to people other than our spouses before gift tax kicks in. This number is indexed for inflation, so it… Read More
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Do-It-Yourself Lawyering

Do-It-Yourself Lawyering

Occasionally, clients will bring us legal documents that they created using an online service. It happened again a couple of weeks ago when long-time clients of mine came in for a trust review. I learned when we met that they had used a popular onlin… Read More
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