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New Law Changes Practice of Register of Deeds in Michigan

By John D. Bartley On June 15, 2017 the Governor signed House Bill 4532 into law as Public Act 54 of 2017.  This law is made effective as of June 15, 2017 and provides that Register of Deeds shall no longer require documents submitted for recording… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate

United States Supreme Court Issues First FAPE Opinion Since 1982

By Donald P. DeNault, Jr. On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its first opinion addressing the meaning of a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) since the R… Read More
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Categories: Municipal

Estate Planning in Michigan Just Got Interesting

By James J. Sarconi & Joseph N. Ejbeh   Asset protection has increasingly become the subject of discussion among asset management, financial planning, and estate planning professionals as well as debtor/creditor attorneys.  With an effectiv… Read More
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New Rules Provide Level Ground for Military Parents in Custody Battles

By Paul B. Addis Prior to September 2015, a military parent who was subject to child custody proceedings could lose custody of his or her child permanently while if for active duty. Courts were able to use the military parent’s deployment as eviden… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Macomb Circuit Court Rules Municipalities May Regulate Sky Lanterns

By Donald P. DeNault, Jr. On October 24, 2016, the Macomb County Circuit Court ruled that the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act does not govern sky lanterns.  Therefore, the preemption provision of the Act does not impact local ordinances that regulate… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Governor Signs New Michigan Medical Marihuana Laws

By Donald P. DeNault, Jr. On September 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed three new medical marihuana bills into law.  Each will take effect on December 20, 2016.  HB 4827 requires the state to create a statewide monitoring system to track the transf… Read More
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Categories: Municipal

What does state law have to say about estate planning and digital assets?

The proliferation of computers and smartphones coupled with the explosion of wireless internet access over the last decade has seen even the least tech-savvy among us amass a considerable amount of digital assets from emails and social media accounts… Read More
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Michigan Philanthropist leaves musicians a gift

A philanthropist and lover of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recently made one final gift upon her passing to the musicians she had enjoyed so much in her life. Marjorie S. Fisher, who had been known for her enthusiastic generosity and warm heart, di… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Some important considerations for parents revisiting their estate plan

When it comes to estate planning, it’s important for people — particularly parents — to understand that it’s more than just a one-time event, but rather a lifelong endeavor. That’s because whether they realize it or not,… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

A closer look at estate planning tactics for avoiding probate - II

As we discussed in a previous post, there are a multitude of reasons why people from all walks of life decide to undertake comprehensive estate planning, including the reduction of their estate tax burden, the assurance that their hard-earned assets… Read More
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Jul
24
John Bartley of the firm has been appointed a co-chair of the Titles and Conveyancing Special Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Th… Read More
Jun
22
The firm is pleased to announce that Brian C. Grant and Scott R. Ruark have joined the firm’s litigation practice. Brian C. Grant focuses his practice in the… Read More
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18
By John D. Bartley On June 15, 2017 the Governor signed House Bill 4532 into law as Public Act 54 of 2017.  This law is made effective as of June 15, 2017 and provi… Read More
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By Donald P. DeNault, Jr. On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its first opinion addressing the meaning of a “free appropriate public educati… Read More
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