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Do I Need to Be Thinking About This Already?

A number of business owners and individuals make annual gifts to their children and grandchildren. This is done for a number of reasons, but avoiding estate taxes and transitioning the family business are two very common motivations. Should you be thinking about annual gifts this early in the year? Even though there are four months… continue reading

Some “Routine Maintenance” Tips for Your Company

As a business attorney, I have helped many clients with setting up new companies, usually corporations or limited liability companies (“LLCs”). It can be a fast and furious process. After the “entity formation phase” is complete, however, some business owners overlook the importance of “routine maintenance” for the company. Obviously there are things that you… continue reading


I had lunch with a group of officers from a local trust department, two of whom were investment managers. The subject came up of what to do with a client who has a high concentration of a single stock in their portfolio. The discussion was enlightening. Throughout my career I’ve noticed a common theme, which… continue reading


Ever notice how many more car accidents are happening during the summer road construction season? We are creatures of habit: buy the same toothpaste, order the same lunch, drive the same route to and from work or the grocery store. When our normal routes are disrupted due to construction, odd (and sometimes bad) things happen.… continue reading

Don’t Overlook Pets In Your Estate Plan

Although people refer to their pets as “members of the family”, “like our children”, etc., they are often overlooked when putting together a will, trust, or general durable power of attorney. Now, rest assured – if you already have an estate plan then you don’t necessarily have to change it. Michigan law considers pets to… continue reading

Owner beware!

You may have heard the Latin phrase “caveat emptor” meaning “let the buyer beware.” This is generally spoken as a warning to buyers to not expect much more out of a product than they were able to discover on their own before they bought the product. If nothing was promised, then nothing should be expected.… continue reading

New Wage Laws – Do you need to comply?

Many employers are struggling with the new higher salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new law (going into effect December 1, 2016) effectively doubles the required minimum salary amount that must be paid. The old rule required a salary of $23,660 and the new rule requires a minimum salary of $47,476,… continue reading