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Four Things to Watch in 2…

Four Things to Watch in 2012

With the Detroit Lions making the play-offs for the first time in over a decade and both the Spartans and Wolverines posting bowl victories, 2012 is off to a great start for fans throughout Michigan.  And with a presidential election looming in Nove…
Proposed Changes to Michi…

Proposed Changes to Michigan No-Fault Statute Warrant Close Attention

Since the 1970s, Michigan drivers have operated under a “No-Fault” insurance model. Essentially, the no-fault system requires drivers to look to their own insurance carrier for primary medical coverage resulting from an accident, regardless of wh…
Michigan Legislature Resp…

Michigan Legislature Responds to Growing Problem of Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud

Opportunities for the unscrupulous to concoct any number of scams involving both commercial and residential real estate transactions have been, and always will be, with us. Such things as falsified documents, illegal kick-backs, fraudulent appraisals…
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The Latest News for Nonpr…

The Latest News for Nonprofits

A long-time friend of mine, H. Robert Showers, Jr., practices law in the Washington D.C. area. I’ve known for years that Rob writes and speaks nationally about nonprofit and church law, but I just recently learned about a nonprofit that he founded,…
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New NLRB Poster Informs E…

New NLRB Poster Informs Employees About Rights to Form or Join a Labor Union

Starting November 14, 2011, most private sector employers will be required to add an additional notice poster on their breakroom wall. The new poster informs employees about their right to form or join a labor union. Employers can download the poster…
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Prescription Drug Take Ba…

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Who among us, from time to time, doesn’t have at least one or two vials in our medicine cabinets, closets and drawers with expired, unwanted or unused prescription medication? In years past, the standard procedure for dealing with these has been to…
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Move Quickly to Recharact…

Move Quickly to Recharacterize IRA Contributions

A deadline is looming. Assuming you filed your 2010 income tax returns on time, you have until October 17, 2011, to recharacterize contributions to Roth IRAs as contributions to traditional IRAs. This deadline may be important to you if converted you…
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Non-Competes, Are They Le…

Non-Competes, Are They Legal?

Regularly, I have business clients tell me with confidence, “I don’t need to worry about hiring this new employee even though she has a non-compete with her former employer. Those agreements aren’t enforceable anyway.” Just as often, employer…
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Parental Waivers: The Con…

Parental Waivers: The Continuing Saga

Parental Waivers Do Not Count For Much In June of last year, we informed you that the Michigan Supreme Court held that parental waivers were unenforceable. At the same time, we were optimistic that the Michigan Legislature would pass a law that would…
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Dual Principal Residence…

Dual Principal Residence Exemptions are Possible

Meeting certain criteria There is a little known exception to the rule that a homeowner can claim a Principal Residence Exemption on only one residence at a time. In response to the sluggish real estate market, Michigan enacted a law in 2008 allowing…
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