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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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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 lia… Read More
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Does Taxable Value Equal…

Does Taxable Value Equal Market Value?

If you’ve lived in Michigan a while, you know that we have a quirky system for determining the “Taxable Value” of residential real estate.  Under Proposal A (passed in 1994), the increase in the taxable value of residential real estate cannot… Read More
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Keep Me Logged In

Keep Me Logged In

While developing your estate plan, a best first step is to identify your online accounts. And that’s a perfect time to consider the security and storage of your passwords as well. Most people don’t have hard copies of account statements anymore b… Read More
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Consistency Is Key

Consistency Is Key

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” What then of wise consistencies? In the employment context, they are to be strived for! And the following tips may be helpful:  Enforcing policies consi… Read More
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Protection for Less

Protection for Less

Registration of a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is the best and preferred method of trademark protection because it grants nationwide, prioritized ownership rights. But the costs associated with the application process… Read More
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A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to a longtime friend and colleague, Julie Cotant, who has decided to step away from the practice of law and to accept a position as a trust officer with Plante Moran.  Julie started with Wright Beamer as a law clerk… Read More
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Paying Attention to Detai…

Paying Attention to Details: It's What We Do

I’d like to expand upon Lee Flaherty’s article from last week by sharing examples from three files that are sitting on my desk as I am writing this. Example 1. We recently helped a client finalize a real estate transaction. One of the  documents… 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… Read More
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Injunction Junction, What…

Injunction Junction, What's Your Function?

Two weeks ago, I found myself in Wheaton, Illinois, trying to convince a DuPage County judge why he should not issue a preliminary injunction against my client.  As a young professional, my client had signed a non-competition agreement with his empl… Read More
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