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Spreading Awareness

Spreading Awareness

Did you know that in 2008, Congress declared the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week? Estate planning is a critical component of financial planning but is often overlooked or pushed off for “another day.” It has been… Read More
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Landmark Case Headed to t…

Landmark Case Headed to the Supreme Court

Last year, we covered Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a 2018 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case holding that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As r… Read More
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Illinois Workplace Transp…

Illinois Workplace Transparency Act

On January 1, 2020, the “Workplace Transparency Act” will take effect in Illinois.  The Act is a sweeping piece of legislation designed to protect victims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. It applies to nearly every employer in… Read More
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The Resurgence of Prenups

The Resurgence of Prenups

Prenuptial agreements (also referred to as antenuptial agreements) are contracts entered into by a couple before marriage that determine in advance the relative rights of the individuals to assets and support in the event of death or divorce. While i… 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 th… Read More
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Litigation Less Expensive…

Litigation Less Expensive?

If your company or you have ever been embroiled in a lawsuit, you know what an expensive proposition that is.  Between legal fees and the serious drain on your time and energy, litigation can leave you feeling as though you are free falling in the g… Read More
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What Makes Us Great

What Makes Us Great

Small businesses in America represent over 99% of the country’s employers and nearly 50% of all private-sector jobs.  Workers are not just cogs in a wheel, clocking in and out.  They are critical to making businesses profitable and to the overall… Read More
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Don’t Take Weight Discr…

Don’t Take Weight Discrimination Lightly

Did you know that at present, Michigan is the only state with a civil rights statute that specifically designates “weight” as a protected class under the law?  Under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”), Michigan employers are prohi… Read More
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No Contest (USPTO Style)

No Contest (USPTO Style)

While most people realize that they need to file trademark maintenance documents after the fifth year of registration, many fail to take advantage of the opportunity at that time to gain heightened protection for their mark by having the mark acknowl… Read More
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Back to School, Back to B…

Back to School, Back to Basics

It seems like it was not that long ago that we were wondering if spring would ever arrive. All too quickly, and with back-to-school sales in full swing, it is clear that summer is on the wane (high temps and humidity notwithstanding). If you have col… Read More
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