Michigan Bills Recently Signed into Law

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The ink in Governor Synder’s pens has been flowing with the signing of more than 25 new bills last month alone.  Here are a few of the more notable new laws:

Public Act 101 of 2017: Expands the reach of business courts to disputes involving equitable relief (such as an injunction to stop certain conduct) and declaratory relief (to obtain a ruling about the legal rights of parties).  Previously, a lawsuit ...

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Festival Fun!

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My husband and I moved to Highland Township, just north of Milford, back in 2000 and ever since, we have enjoyed the open space, wildlife and close Huron Valley community that our little town offers.  One of our favorite things about the community is the annual “Milford Memories” summer festival which will take place in and around the downtown Milford area this weekend, August 11-13.  The event is truly a community effort, ...

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Reason #25 Why You Need an Estate Plan

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You Mean My Rotten Relatives Will Get My Stuff?

I had a couple come into my office to discuss estate planning last week. The husband has six children and twelve grandchildren. He does not have a relationship with three kids and four grandkids. He believed that there was no way these individuals could acquire assets from his estate upon his death. Until and unless an estate plan is in place, that ...

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Vehicle Registrations Go Digital

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On September 26, 2017, Michigan will take another step into the digital age. That’s when a new law will take effect authorizing the use of an electronic copy or digital photograph of a vehicle registration certificate, thereby satisfying the requirement that the vehicle registration be carried in the vehicle or by the person driving the vehicle. Here’s the details:

The registration shall at all times be carried in the vehicle to ...

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The Cow That Changed History

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One of the most famous cows in all of history is Rose 2d of Aberlone, who lived right here in Michigan.  Rose belonged to Hiram Walker (yes, that Hiram Walker) who, in addition to distilling spirits, bred cattle.  In 1887, Mr. Walker contracted to sell Rose, who was believed to be barren, to Theodore Sherwood of Plymouth, Michigan.

When Mr. Walker received the unexpected news that Rose was pregnant, he refused ...

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The Perfect Public-Private Partnership

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Jessica and I bought our first house in 1997.  In the heart of downtown Farmington, we were literally right around the corner from the Civic Theatre.  We moved from that house in 2006 – a whopping two blocks!  A brisk walk still gets us to show time in about five minutes.  As is true for many of our neighbors, the Civic remains our first choice for catching Hollywood’s latest releases.

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Remembering the History

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“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence,
we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

Two hundred forty-one years ago, the Second Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson, however, had to be pressured into duty, preferring that the fiery John Adams undertake the writing of ...

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Defining the Relationship

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Independent contractors control the “how” and “when” of  the work or services they provide.  Employees, by contrast, are required to perform work as directed by the employer. This means that true independent contractor arrangements have fewer regulations than those that govern relationships with employees. Still, companies should exercise the same degree of care in managing their relationships with independent contractors – including entering into a written agreement. Here are three of the most common ...

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What Are You Doing for Lunch?

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate employees for every hour worked, and at the rate of 1.5 times the employees’ regular wages for overtime.  But does lunch time count as work time?  The answer depends upon what the employees are doing during their lunch period.

In a recent case in Michigan, a group of security guards sued their employer for unpaid overtime. The guards each worked five eight-hour shifts ...

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Attention College Students!

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You may remember our earlier posts about the importance of powers of attorney and patient advocate documents for your children once they turn 18. At age 18, parents can no longer access their child’s medical, school, or financial records and information without express permission from the child. As such, it’s important to have your child sign a power of attorney and patient advocate document so that if something happens to them, you will be ...

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