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Social Skills

Social Skills

Connecting with your clients and customers through social media helps level the playing field between small and large businesses. But how can all businesses avoid making disastrous mistakes on social media that may have legal consequences? Planning… Read More
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Success Worth “Phoning…

Success Worth “Phoning Home” About

Last month, Wright Beamer secured the dismissal of two federal cases brought under the Telephonic Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  Under the TCPA, companies are prohibited from using an “Automatic Telephone Dialing System” (“ATDS” or … Read More
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The Other Register

The Other Register

“Descriptiveness” is one of the most often cited reasons for refusal of a trademark application. A trademark must identify the source of the product, rather than just describe it, in order to be registered with the United States Patent and Tradem… Read More
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Reason #37 You Need an Es…

Reason #37 You Need an Estate Plan

You’re Going to the Chapel Did you know that the perfect time to get your first estate plan is the moment those wedding bells finish ringing? Marriage is a major life-changing event. Do you understand how it affects your assets and debts? What… Read More
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Spot the Difference

Spot the Difference

Real estate transactions are a big part of what we do at Wright Beamer. Lately I’ve noticed an uptick in sales involving commercial properties using residential purchase agreements. Here are a few reasons why it is never a good idea to use a one-si… Read More
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Feeling Generous? Gift Aw…

Feeling Generous? Gift Away!

We can each gift unlimited wealth to our spouses without having to pay gift tax.  In addition, we can each make lifetime gifts totaling $11,400,000 to people other than our spouses before gift tax kicks in.  This number is indexed for inflation, so… Read More
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Keeping Your Trade Secret…

Keeping Your Trade Secrets a Secret

A trade secret is confidential information that is legally protected, used in a business, and gives your company a competitive edge.  The most famous examples include the formula for Coca-Cola, Google’s search algorithm, and the New York Times’… Read More
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As the Smoke Clears

As the Smoke Clears

If you did not hear the news last week, you will be interested to know that the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a very important decision regarding the use of medical marijuana in the workplace.  In Eplee v. City of Lansing, the Court determined th… Read More
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Having Your “Day in Cou…

Having Your “Day in Court” Outside of the Courtroom

According to some recent studies, less than three percent of all civil cases result in a trial.  So, if ninety-seven percent of cases are resolved before trial, what are the means by which that happens?   Enter alternative dispute resolution, or … Read More
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Lame-Duckery

Lame-Duckery

Michigan is one of only a handful of states in the U.S. that do not limit legislative session days after the November election, a situation which lends itself to biennial lame-duck shenanigans. In the final days of 2018, our 99th legislature garnered… Read More
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