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Well-Written Waivers and…

Well-Written Waivers and Really Respectable Releases

Waivers and releases are a part of everyday life. Whether you are looking for weekend fun, travel plans, lessons for kids, or other such adventures, you’ll probably be asked to sign a waiver or release form in order to get started. Every business w…
Reason #15 You Need an Es…

Reason #15 You Need an Estate Plan

You’re Having Surgery You have the date. You know the procedure’s risks and rewards. You’re familiar with the pre-op instructions, and you’ve made arrangements to get to and from the procedure. But, do you have your estate plan in place?…
Tis the Season... Again

Tis the Season... Again

With Thanksgiving just under our belts (both literally and figuratively), and with the holiday shopping season in full swing, here are some basic safety reminders courtesy of the Farmington Hills Police Department and the Consumer Protection Division…
Claim Denied!

Claim Denied!

I always impress upon estate planning clients the importance of updating their homeowners’ insurance after conveying real estate to a trust, even if the transfer is via a “ladybird deed” that doesn’t take effect until the client is deceased.…
Pot in the Workplace

Pot in the Workplace

Last Tuesday, Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana.  The next morning, my phone started ringing with calls from CFOs and HR Managers trying to figure out how the new law will impact exist…
Your Vote Really Does Cou…

Your Vote Really Does Count

Your single vote can make a big difference. Did you know that during the last few years in the U.S., several races have been decided by a single vote or ended in a tie? 2017: A Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie out of more than 23,000…
Is the Legislature Playin…

Is the Legislature Playing ‘3D’ Chess?

Until recently, two separate citizen-initiated proposals were scheduled to appear on the November ballot: (1) the Michigan minimum wage increase initiative (“One Fair Wage”), which would gradually increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour…
Renew Your Assumed Names…

Renew Your Assumed Names Online

As we noted before, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or “LARA,” has made renewing your corporation’s assumed name both easier and faster by offering renewals online. Eligible corporations whose assumed names will exp…
Reason #84 You Need an Es…

Reason #84 You Need an Estate Plan

There’s a National Holiday for It Raise your hand if you have your party hat on for National Estate Planning Awareness Week, which kicked off yesterday! Just me? Not surprising. Yes, National Estate Planning Awareness Week is an actual thing. Adopt…
Joint Wills Are Not a Bar…

Joint Wills Are Not a Bargain

While we rarely see joint wills, they do come up often enough in conversations with clients to warrant a brief mention here. The context is usually the mistaken belief that a joint will might simplify the overall estate plan or, perhaps, result in a…