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Claim Denied!

Claim Denied!

I always impress upon estate planning clients the importance of updating their homeowners’ insurance after conveying real estate to a trust, even if the transfer is via a “ladybird deed” that doesn’t take effect until the client is deceased.…
Where There’s a “Will…

Where There’s a “Will,” There’s a Way

In Michigan, any document that says who gets what after one’s death and that meets specific requirements constitutes a valid will.  There are exceptions to this general rule, however, allowing certain less formal documents to also qualify as wills…
The Name Game

The Name Game

Most people know that if they marry or divorce and begin using a different last name, they must obtain a new Social Security card. What seems to be less-widely known is that a new Social Security card must also be obtained for each dependent child wh…
Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

I have a client who recently moved from his own home into assisted living.  He’s not likely to return home to live, yet he does not want to sell.  This is not an uncommon situation in my practice.  One of the concerns for my clients who find the…
Hardening the Soft Target…

Hardening the Soft Targets

We’ve experienced a noticeable uptick of interest in security protocols for locations considered to be “soft targets” for individuals bent on doing violence.  These are scary times; and, while none of us wants to be intimidated into cowering a…
Uncle Sam Wants You!

Uncle Sam Wants You!

(To Report Cash Transactions) I once facilitated a closing in which my clients sold a very modest home to a young couple for $10,000.  What made this transaction interesting was that the couple paid for the house with cash, all in small bills.  I s…
Dotting the I's

Dotting the I's

One aspect of my practice that I really enjoy is helping nonprofit organizations achieve exemption from federal income tax. The exemption process involves the filing of an application with the IRS and a review process that can take months. A questio…
Is It Really Just a Hobby…

Is It Really Just a Hobby?

I have a talented client who, after retiring from a prestigious career and honing his skills as a photographer, has produced an impressive body of visual art. His collection includes images of models who pose for photographs for their professional po…
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…
Farewell and Godspeed!

Farewell and Godspeed!

We have the best support staff in town, so it’s always a little traumatic when someone leaves us!  This past week, we reluctantly said goodbye to one of our legal assistants, Lauren Woirol, who has moved with her family to Chicago where her husban…