23rd Mar 2012

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 … more

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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 … more

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 … more

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 … more