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It’s Construction Dispute Season!

It seems like whenever we are several months into an economic recovery, constructions disputes become more common. Change orders are one of the most litigated issues in contract or construction disputes. Did they agree upon a change or not? Is this item an extra cost or is the change covered by the original price? Or… continue reading

In Construction Contracts, Follow Through Matters

A property owner thought it was protected from an overcharge in the price of material in a construction project because the price of material was specified in the contractor’s contract with the supplier. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled otherwise. The court rejected the property owner’s reliance upon the contract because the property owner did… continue reading


The phrase “restrictive covenants” is often used by attorneys to categorize the different ways (exclusive of intellectual property protections like copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, etc.) that proprietary business information and assets are safeguarded. Generally speaking, there are three basic categories of restrictive covenants that often get lumped in as “noncompete agreements” (although, as mentioned… continue reading

Why is a Power of Attorney So Important?

It is painful to witness the effects of dementia on a spouse, parent, or anyone you care about. I often meet with a spouse or child who is further stressed by not having a power of attorney for this person. Planning for disability or death is low priority or even non-existent on our daily list… continue reading

Remember Income Taxes When Doing Your Estate Plan

Estate planning is important for a number of different reasons. Making your intentions clear, avoiding a costly administration process, and keeping the process as simple and least burdensome to your loved ones are the most common I hear from my clients. What clients and advisers sometimes forget in this process are the impact of taxes… continue reading

Ways For Parents To Help Their Disabled Child

Families with a disabled minor child are usually vigilant about setting up a plan that will care for and protect the special needs of their child. These families understand the value of setting up a special needs trust that will receive the child’s inheritance upon the parents passing. But special planning is also appropriate for… continue reading

Plan Your Own Funeral So Your Family Can Grieve

The majority of my clients tell me that they want an estate plan to make things easier for their children when they pass. Many also place high importance on eliminating disputes between children. A good estate plan will meet those goals, but I always tell my clients to consider rounding out their plan by setting… continue reading