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March 23, 2012 / in 2010 Spring Municipal Law,Written by Mike Salhaney

Off the Deep End: Think Before Donating Use of Your School Pool Pool facilities within our local high schools are often used to benefit the surrounding communities, yet educators should be aware of potential pitfalls associated with loaning out their waters. In a recent unpublished Michigan Court of Appeals case (Ryan v. Lamphere Pub. Sch. […]

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Is It Time For An Estate Plan Check-Up?

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 Summer, Probate & Estate Planning, Written by Katherine Albrecht

Like a finely tuned automobile, once an Estate Plan has been established, it requires regular maintenance to ensure that its components are working properly. Without a regular tune-up, it’s not going to run smoothly when it’s time to perform. Privacy regulations have become more stringent in recent years, making access to your medical information more […]

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Status of the Federal Estate Tax

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 Summer, Probate & Estate Planning, Written by Katherine Albrecht

In 2001 Congress enacted legislation gradually increasing in the federal estate tax exemption from $675,000 in 2001 to $3.5 million in 2009 and decreasing the top marginal estate tax rate from 55% to 45%. The legislation also included repeal of the federal estate tax for 2010 only. When this legislation was enacted, estate planners predicted […]

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Trust Protector Can Ease Family Tensions, Assist With Business Asset

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 Summer, Probate & Estate Planning, Written by Katherine Albrecht

New Trust Code Features Option To Name Third Party Decision-Maker Trusts and their administration can involve complicated or delicate decision-making by family members, often resulting in uncomfortable rifts among beneficiaries and trustees. The new Michigan Trust Code (MTC), which took effect April 1, 2010, sets forth the law governing the administration of trusts in Michigan. […]

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News From The Firm

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 summer

Beier Howlett, in partnership with Dick O’Dow’s restaurant in Birmingham, raised more than $3,000 for Haitian relief earlier this year. More than 30 associates attended a luncheon and promoted the event, while the restaurant donated 20 percent of the day’s receipts to the Red Cross efforts toward earthquake victims in Haiti. CONGRATULATIONS Mike Salhaney was […]

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The Divisibility Defense at Contaminated Sites

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 Summer, Environmental Law, Written by Jeff Haynes

Although it remains difficult to demonstrate the divisibility defense for liability at contaminated sites, a case recently litigated by Beier Howlett attorneys demonstrates that the factors that contribute to this defense can be used to persuade a court to reduce a defendant’s share of the remediation costs. Here, a federal judge found that liability was […]

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News From The Courtroom

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 summer, Environmental Law

Michigan Supreme Court Strikes Down “Very Serious Consequences” Zoning Test On July 15, the Michigan Supreme Court discarded an 80-year-old test that granted special rights to owners of property containing extractable resources, such as sand and gravel, to challenge local zoning ordinances. The test, known as the “no very serious consequences” rule, allowed property owners […]

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News From The Firm

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 summer

Mike Salhaney, an attorney with the firm’s Environmental Law practice group, pedaled 300 miles this month to make a child’s wish come true. Salhaney completed the Wish-A-Mile 300 Bicycle Tour campaign for the 13th time, raising $800 for the foundation. The annual three-day event has volunteers bike from Traverse City to Chelsea, Mich. Beier Howlett […]

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Single Member LLCs

March 23, 2012 / in 2010 Fall,, Business Law,Written by Keith Jablonski

Are Company Assets Really Protected From the Acts of the Owner? A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Florida has called into question the previously-held belief that a creditor of an individual could not reach the assets of the individual’s single-member limited liability company (LLC). In Olmstead v FCC, decided in June, 2010, a […]

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