Reforming Donor Advised F…

Reforming Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a tax-advantaged, flexible, and convenient tool for charitable giving. They are easy to set up: Donors simply establish a DAF account with a sponsoring organization into which they deposit funds that will be disbursed ov… Read More
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Details Matter

Details Matter

Do you and your business partners have a buy-sell agreement? If so, do you pay attention to its requirements? The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Connelly v. Internal Revenue Service, a dispute over the value of a closely-held corporat… Read More
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When the Bough Breaks

When the Bough Breaks

Joyce Kilmer, American writer and poet, famously wrote: “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.” Many people would be inclined to agree; but what about the neighbor’s tree branches that overhang your yard? Or worse, what if tha… Read More
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Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a Row

How does a trust avoid probate? It’s in the details. In my experience, the primary reason most people set up trusts is to avoid probate. So, how does that work? Does the mere fact of having signed a trust cut out the probate court? Not quite. I… Read More
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A Broad Reach

A Broad Reach

We’ve been posting, along with many others, about the new federal Corporate Transparency Act. (Read our overview here.) The Act requires most small and medium-sized companies (“Reporting Companies”) to disclose to the U.S. Treasury Department i… Read More
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The Balance of Power

The Balance of Power

If you have done your estate planning, you have almost certainly signed a general power attorney. In that document, you (the “principal”) gave another person (your “agent“) authority to act on your behalf in all matters not related to health… Read More
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Estate Planning Got You S…

Estate Planning Got You Spooked?

What makes you tremble when you think about estate planning? On this Halloween day, I thought I’d let you in on a few of the estate planning fears people have shared with me over the years: If I plan for death, I will die. This is a very real fear… Read More
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Ill, older man signing estate planning documents and will

Where There's a Will. . .

I’m occasionally asked if an individual can create or update an estate plan if a doctor has opined that the individual can no longer make sound decisions or the individual has a court-appointed guardian or conservator. The short answer: It depends.… Read More
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

We saw the U.S. Supreme Court issue a unanimous decision this past June, a rare occasion indeed. In Groff vs. DeJoy, the Court addressed the question of how far an employer must go in accommodating an employee’s religious needs. Gerald Groff was a… Read More
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Let the Buyer Beware

Let the Buyer Beware

Do you hear a soft exhale on the summer breeze? Home sellers statewide are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Just last week, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned a 2021 Court of Appeals decision that made home sellers liable for a building code… Read More
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